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The German Army at Ypres 1914 (Hardback)

WWI Ypres 1914 Military

By Jack Sheldon
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 382
ISBN: 9781848841130
Published: 13th December 2010



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This book will be the first complete account of the operations of the German army in the battles north of Lille in the late autumn of 1914. The main emphasis will be placed on the battles around Ypres against the Old Contemptibles of the BEF, but the fighting against the French and Belgian armies will also be featured, thus providing fresh, broader, insights into a campaign. There are those who consider that the BEF was all that saved world civilisation as the first year of the Great War drew to its end.

The book uses the comprehensive histories of the participating German regiments found in the Kriegsarchiv in Munich and the Hauptstaatsarchiv in Stuttgart. Their use adds authority and authenticity to the book.

The narrative adopts a chronological approach. The book focuses on some of the most bitterly disputed battles of the first three months of the war, when the Germans strained to achieve a breakthrough and the BEF resisted heroically, at the price of its own destruction.

The book employs a similar format to the author's previous works; that is to say the greater part of the text uses the words of the German participants themselves and the primary focus of the book covers the experiences of the fighting troops at regimental level and below. Linking paragraphs provide historical context and commentary and evidence from senior commanders will be introduced as necessary.

Jack Sheldon is now firmly established as the leading authority on the German Army in the First World War. A retired soldier he lives in France and is fully engaged researching and writing. His German Army on the Somme was a run-away success and he has built on his reputation with The German Army At Passchendael, the German Army at Cambrai and The German Army on Vimy Ridge, all with Pen & Sword Books. He lives in France.

Foreword: Hew Strachan. Professor of the History of War, All Souls College, University of Oxford.

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Wartime Memories Project

The single most coherent view of the developing battle in Flanders that I have ever read... I recommend the work highly to anyone interested in Ypres or this early phase of the war... 'The German Army at Ypres 1914' is a terrific piece of military history.

The Long, Long Trail

All in all, this is a masterly and authoritative work which really opens the reader's eyes to how operations were carried out by the Germans and what life was like 'on the other side of the hill'. It should be read by all serious scholars of the Great War and I can't recommend this book highly enough.

Mark McKay, Burton Mail

Includes many substantial passages from memoirs written by German veterans of the battle. These exerpts, quite a few of which are drawn from hard-to-find works, allow the reader to look at any given engagement through the eyes of several different participants, each of whom occupied a different position in the hierarchy of the German forces at Ypres as well as a different location on the battlefield.

War in History

Jack Sheldon's books have become racing certainties for those interested in the German soldier and the German army at War. Well written, presented and researched by an author with an with an eye for detail. Like Peter Hart, Jack Sheldon has established a valuable template for his writing. A fluent German speaker, who studied at the German Command and Staff College, he enjoys, and deploys particular skills. In a series of five worthwhile volumes - on the Somme. Passchendaele, Vimy and Cambrai and now First Ypres - he has successfully led non-German speakers both through events and onward t meet those on the other side of the wire. His selection of material is judicious, his analysis and review of surviving German archive material, contemporary German regimental histories, and German secondary sources, show firm grip.

Stand To - No 92

Detailed and informative. 5/10

Great War Magazine

The German Army at Ypres 1914 is a bloody good read, Jack's Sheldon's book sheds fresh light on the small, yet important, part played by the Royal Navy in the opening clashed of the Great War.

Navy News, March 2011
 Jack Sheldon

About Jack Sheldon

Jack Sheldon is now firmly established as the leading authority on the German Army in the First World War. A retired soldier he lives in France and is fully engaged researching and writing. His German Army on the Somme was a run-away success and he has built on his reputation with The German Army at Passchendaele and The German Army on Vimy Ridge.

The first Battle of Ypres ends

22nd November 1914

The result was a victory for the Allies, although losses were particularly heavy on both sides. The Germans called the battle "The Massacre of the Innocents of Ypres" (in German Kindermord bei Ypern) as most of the German casualties were a mixture of young inexperienced and highly trained reserves. The battle completed the entrenchments of the "race to the sea" and inaugurated the static western front. Mobile operations would not resume until 1918. The Germans are prevented from reaching Calais and Dunkirk.

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