The Battle Book of Ypres (Hardback)
A Reference to Military Operations in the Ypres Salient 1914-18
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Of the many hard-fought battles on the Western Front, Ypres stands out as an example of almost inhuman endeavour. For four long years it was the focal point of desperate fighting. Officially there were four main battles in 1914, 1915, 1917 and 1918; these were more accurately peaks in a continuing struggle, for Ypres symbolised Belgian defiance, and the British continued to expend disproportionate resources on defending it. It never fell, although the Germans came close to its gates, and indeed its loss would have been a severe blow to morale.
The Battle Book of Ypres, originally published in 1927 and now presented again as a special Centenary Edition, comprises a chronological account of the fighting in the Ypres Salient during the First World War, followed by a useful and unique alphabetical reference to the events in and around each hamlet, village or wood – names familiar to those who fought or followed the course of war all those years ago, names now once again lost in insignificance. The names given to each stage of the struggle by the Battle Nomenclature Committee are listed in the appendix. Also included is an index of formations and units, an annotated bibliography and a new Foreword by military historian Nigel Cave.
Originally published in 1927 and now presented again as a special Centenary Edition this 273 page hard back work comprises a chronological account of the fighting in the Ypres Salient during the Great War, followed by a useful alphabetical reference to the events in and around each hamlet, village or wood. The names given to each stage of the conflict by the Battle Nomenclature Committee are listed in the appendix. Also included is an index of formations and units, an annotated bibliography and a new Foreword by military historian Nigel Cave. The whole forms an excellent work of reference which will surely become invaluable to students of the Great War, no wonder Pen & Sword have seen fit to republish and well done to them. Recommended.Freelancer, Stuart Asquith
This is one of those essential books of life and death in WWI on the Western Front.Firetrench
This is a story of bravery of the British soldier, and their allies, and a place now cemented in British Military history along with the country of Belgium, where Ypres remains a monument in itself to this day.Military Modelling
This is more than a history of the Salient and more than a Gazetteer. It is a post-Great War social statement, a tour into the psyche of someone profoundly affected by the conflict ... I like this book, but not for its history of 1914 - 1919. I like it for its view of the Great War from the 1920s.War History Online
Beatrix's words and those of her regimental correspondents still have the power to shock and humble.Paul Nixon, Amazon Reviewer