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Walking Ypres (Paperback)

Military > Battlefield Guidebooks > WWI Battlefield Guides WWI > Battles & Campaigns > Passchendaele WWI > Battles & Campaigns > Ypres

By Paul Reed
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Battleground: WWI
Pages: 296
ISBN: 9781781590034
Published: 3rd October 2017



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The medieval city of Ypres will forever be associated with the Great War, especially by the British. From 1914 to 1918 it was the key strongpoint in the northern sector of the Western Front, and the epic story of its defence has taken on almost legendary status. The city and the surrounding battlefields are also among the most visited sites on the Western Front, and Paul Reed's walking guide is an essential travelling companion for anyone who is eager to explore them. His classic book, first published over ten years ago, is the result of a lifetime's research into the battles for Ypres and the Flemish landscape over which they were fought. For this second edition, which he has revised, updated and expanded, he has provided new photographs and included two entirely new walks covering the Langemarck battlefield where the 'Last British Tommy' Harry Patch fought and also the Potijze area.

The walking guide is an essential travellng companion for anyone who is eager to explore them either on foot, by bike or by car.

Walking Ypres brings the visitor not only to the places where the armies clashed but to the landscape of monuments, cemeteries and villages that make the Ypres battlefields among the most memorable sites of the Great War.

Even if you are not planning a walking trip to Ypres soon, the book is such a fantastic resource for history lovers.

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Sim's Life

With four years of fighting around Ypres there are a plethora of sites that can be visited, however Paul Reed manages to pick a selection that highlight the key events and places in the salient and give a well-rounded view of the course of the war in the area. It will certainly be a book that I pack on my future trips to the battlefields.

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WW1 Geek

First-class history/guide. 10/10

The Great War magazine, January 2019

I am a fan of these Battleground Guides from Pen and Sword, and author Paul Reed has done another excellent job with this new addition to the series which has been brought up to date...

The detailed guide, added to the stories, the maps and the photos give you an excellent idea of what you will find, and all in a format that is so convenient to keep in the car or a backpack if you visit the area. Definitely a book I will take with me on my next trip and certainly one I would recommend.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

When visiting Ypres, this book must be taken with you.

Jon Sandison, Freelance

As featured 'ON THE SHELF'

Wargames Illustrated, September 2017

About Paul Reed

Paul Reed is a leading military historian, specializing in the two world wars. He has been visiting European battlefields for more than thirty years, and lived on the Somme for over a decade. He has worked as a researcher and battlefield guide, and is the author of several books on the Great War. He also regularly contributes to television programmes, such as Timewatch, Meet the Ancestors and Who Do You Think You Are? and was historical consultant to BBC1’s My Family At War.

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