The Road to Passchendaele (Hardback)
The Heroic Year in Soldiers' own Words and Photographs
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The Road to Passchendaele is the next volume in the highly-regarded series of books from best-selling First World War historian Richard van Emden. Once again using the winning formula of diaries and memoirs, and above all original photographs taken on illegally-held cameras by the soldiers themselves, Richard tells the story of 1917, of life both on the line and behind it culminating in perhaps the most dreaded battle of them all, the Battle of Passchendaele. His previous book, The Somme The Epic Battle in the Soldiers' own Words and Photographs, has now sold nearly 20,000 copies, proving that the public appetite is undiminished for new, original stories illustrated with over 150 rarely or never-before-seen battlefield images.
The author has an outstanding collection of over 5,000 privately-taken and overwhelmingly unpublished photographs, revealing the war as it was seen by the men involved, an existence that was sometimes exhilarating, too often terrifying, and occasionally even fun. Richard van Emden has interviewed 270 veterans of the Great War, and written extensively about the soldiers' lives, as well as working on many television documentaries, always concentrating on the human aspects of war, its challenge and its cost to the millions of men involved.
This book will be published in June 2017, in time for the 100th anniversary of the epic Battle of Passchendaele which began on 31st July 1917. To date Richard van Emden’s books have sold over 650,000 books and have appeared in The Times’ bestseller chart on a number of occasions. He lives in West London and regularly appears on television, mostly recently as BBC1’s historian for the national commemorations of the Somme Battle. He has appeared on over forty television documentaries and has written nineteen books on the First World War.
As promoted inMilitary History Monthly, May 2017
As featured in.The Bookseller 10/3/17
The offensive on the Somme took place between July and November 1916 and is perhaps the most iconic battle of the Great War. It was there that Kitchener’s famous ‘Pals’ Battalions were first sent into action en masse and it was a battlefield where many of the dreams and aspirations of a nation, hopeful of victory, were agonizingly dashed. Because of its legendary status, the Somme has been the subject of many books, and many more will come out next year. However, nothing has ever been published on the Battle in which the soldiers’ own photographs have been used to illustrate both the campaign’s…By Richard Van Emden
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