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Second Ypres 1915 (DVD)

The Great Gas Attack!

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By Tom Dormer, Andrew Duff, Mike Peters, Tim Saunders
Imprint: Pen & Sword Digital
Running Time: 90 (mins)
ISBN: 5060247621180
Published: 30th September 2015



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The Second Battle of Ypres was a battle of the First World War fought from 21 April–25 May 1915 for control of the strategic Flemish town of Ypres in western Belgium, following the First Battle of Ypres the previous autumn. It marked the first mass use by Germany of poison gas on the Western Front. For the first time a former colonial force (the 1st Canadian Division) defeated a European power (the German Empire) on European soil, in the Battle of St. Julien and the Battle of Kitcheners' Wood.

In the now established BHTV style, Battlefield guides Tim Saunders and Andrew Duff join a selection of historians on the ground to explore the actions of Second Ypres and analyse the significance of what was the first former colonial victory on European soil. The team explain the bravery shown by the troops on the ground and the horrors they faced from the advancing German gas clouds.

German casualties from 21 April–30 May were recorded as 34,933 by the Official Historians of the Reichsarchv. British casualties recorded in the British Official History were 59,275 men and the French had c. 18,000 casualties on 22 April and another 3,973 casualties from 26–29 April. Canadian casualties from 22 April – 3 May were 5,975 of whom c. 1,000 men were killed, the worst day being 24 April when 3,058 casualties were suffered during infantry attacks, artillery bombardments, and gas discharges.

The most important thing about these series of documentaries from Pen and Sword, is that they bring to life elements of the battlefield that would be impossible capture, even in the most descriptive book. This is because they are delivered on the ground, by top military historians and guides. The film is written and presented by Tim Saunders, Tom Dormer, Andrew Duff, Mike Peters, Paul Oldfield and Ed Church. Throughout, you feel as if you are on the battlefields with these men, having the detail explained to you. It is presented in a very professional, but also relaxed and inclusive manner, which you would expect on a battlefield tour.... Overall, for any military enthusiast, this is a superb dvd to watch.

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 Mike Peters

About Mike Peters

Mike Peters is a retired Army Air Corps officer with more than thirty years of military service. He is now a full-time military historian and Chairman of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides. Mike has published books on the Glider Pilot Regiment. 

About Tim Saunders

TIM SAUNDERS served as an infantry officer with the British Army for thirty years, during which time he took the opportunity to visit campaigns far and wide, from ancient to modern. Since leaving the Army he has become a full time military historian and has made nearly fifty full documentary films with Battlefield History and Pen & Sword. He is an active guide and accredited member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides.

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