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Walking the Western Front: Ypres, Part Two (DVD)

The Immortal Salient Part 1917-1918

Military DVDs > WWI WWI > Battles & Campaigns > Ypres

By Ed Skelding Productions
Imprint: Pen & Sword Digital
Running Time: 75 (mins)
ISBN: 5060247620053
Published: 22nd August 2012
Last Released: 22nd April 2013


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Presenter Ed Skelding is joined once again by military historian and author Nigel Cave to take us through the complexities of the final stages of the fighting for the Ypres Salient.

This film starts with the story of the successful attack on Messines and the taking of the ridge and the village. This includes interviews with Nigel at Factory Farm and Spanbroekmolen where two of the nineteen mines were detonated to herald the start the attack early on the morning of the 7th. Nigel will also explain how four of the mines were left undetonated when the line of attack was changed. One of those mines suddenly exploded as the result of a thunderstorm in 1956 while no one is quite sure where the other three are! We also visit Prowse Point and Lone Tree Cemeteries with Nigel where he explains the nature of the different types of cemetery – battlefield, collection etc.

This film will also feature an interview with Annelies Vermeulen, Chief Executive at Talbot House in Poperinge. She explains what a source of refuge and comfort the place was for soldiers looking for respite from the fighting. While in Poperinge, we also visit the jail and execution post behind the Town Hall where several British soldiers were executed or – shot at dawn. We also explain the thinking behind this, with a possible interview with the late Earl Haig.

In this film the team visit the Ploegsteert memorial to Churchill with Nigel and later visit the trenches once used by Adolf Hitler at Croenaert Wood. Ed then starts his presentation of the Battle for Passendaele and related how it was actually a succession of battles fought from 31st July to mid November. As part of this explanation, Ed is joined by Nigel at ANZAC memorials in Polygon Wood where he explains the bitter nature of the relentless fighting.

This film is completed by an extended and powerful interview with Nigel held on top of the Cross of Sacrifice memorial at Tyne Cot, when Nigel explains the power behind The Immortal Salient.

The tragic events of Ypres, the immortal salient is discussed in depth in this documentary style film. Combining archive imagery with contemporary footage taken at key sites around the Western Front, presenters Ed Skelding and Nigel Cave discuss the intricacies of the offensive, recounting the harrowing experiences of the soldiers fighting on the ground.

Military Machines international

This DVD is another of the excellent 'walking the western front 'series that Pen & Sword do so well, and it really doesn't need a lot of promoting. The presenter, Ed Skelding is a war historian and is joined by the eminent historian Nigel Cave for the film. Together they take us on a journey, from the opening scenes at the Menin Gate, with its thousand upon thousands of names, via Tynecot - the largest British war cemetery in the world - through the retelling of the battles, the places and the people that fought there.
It is educational, informative and of great interest, as most - if not all - of the series from Pen & Sword are and is very worth having, for those who study history, for those who study war, or for those who just want to know a bit more about those terrible days.

Army Rumour Service Website, John Corr

About Ed Skelding Productions

Pen and Sword Digital has teamed up with Ed Skelding Productions to create a small selection of high quality films on the First World War. Presented by well-known historian and acclaimed filmmaker Ed Skelding and with key guests such as Nigel Cave, an experienced historian and series editor for the hugely popular Battleground series of books, these highly knowledgeable films put the viewers in the key locations of battles and make you feel part of the tragic events. Starting with two films on the history of Ypres, three further films will be released in 2012 and 2013 describing the main battles on the Somme.

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