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Victoria Crosses on the Western Front - Third Ypres 1917 (ePub)

31st July 1917 to 6th November 1917

Military > Victoria Crosses WWI > Battles & Campaigns > Passchendaele WWI > Battles & Campaigns > Ypres

By Paul Oldfield
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Victoria Crosses on the Western Front
File Size: 98.7 MB (.epub)
Pages: 828
ISBN: 9781473884854
Published: 1st November 2017


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In the past, while visiting the First World War battlefields, the author often wondered where the various Victoria Cross actions took place. He resolved to find out. In 1988, in the midst of his army career, research for this book commenced and over the years numerous sources have been consulted.

Victoria Crosses on the Western Front Third Ypres 1917 is designed for the battlefield visitor as much as the armchair reader. A thorough account of each VC action is set within the wider strategic and tactical context. Detailed sketch maps show the area today, together with the battle-lines and movements of the combatants. It will allow visitors to stand upon the spot, or very close to, where each VC was won. Photographs of the battle sites richly illustrate the accounts. There is also a comprehensive biography for each recipient, covering every aspect of their lives warts and all parents and siblings, education, civilian employment, military career, wife and children, death and burial/commemoration. A host of other information, much of it published for the first time, reveals some fascinating characters, with numerous links to many famous people and events.

In this excellently written and researched work the author provides an account of each of the VC actions, setting them against a wider strategic and tactical context. He also provides a comprehensive biography for each of the VC recipients, covering every aspect of their lives. A wealth of information, much of it previously unpublished, reveals some fascinating characters with numerous links to many famous people and events. If you can afford it this is well worth adding to your Great War collection.

First-class work. 10/10

The Great War magazine, May 2018

A marvellous history, well recorded and supported with excellent photographs and maps.

Gun Mart, April 2018 – reviewed by John Norris

As well as the captivating stories included in this series, I also think that imagery of these books are excellent...

Oldfield's work is timeless, and I feel their longevity will endure given the continual interest that people will have in the Victoria Cross.

Jon Sandison, Freelance

Paul Oldfield has produced an exhaustive account of the Victoria Cross-winning actions in the Third Battle of Ypres, which was fought from 31 July to 6 November 1917. The illustrated guides to the combat will be particularly useful to battlefield visitors, and biographies of the decorated soldiers are included.

WDYTYA? February 2018 - by Rosemary Collins

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Family Tree, January 2018

About Paul Oldfield

Paul Oldfield was born in Sheffield and was educated at Victoria College in Jersey. After serving in the Army for thirty-six years, he became a freelance battlefield guide (he is a badged member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides) and a historian. In 1988 he co-authored Sheffield City Battalion in the Pals series. Cockleshell Raid and Bruneval in Pen & Sword's Battleground Europe series were published in 2013.This is the twelfth book in his Victoria Crosses on the Western Front series.

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