Of all the grim, gallant and inglorious battles of the Western Front, Passchendaele is the name evocative of the "mud and bl ood" that pervaded World War I. The total gain - a few thousand yards of indefensible slough - cost about a million Allied lives. In this account of the Flanders campaign, Leon Wolff describes the whole nightmare business: Haig's initial plan; his determination to carry it out despite constant opposition from the Cabinet and the muddle of doubts and disagreement among the military staff; the early stages of the "great offensive"; and the scene of battle itself - the Flanders fields which "will forever haunt Western civilization".
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?To Mr. Wolff, the story of Flanders is largely an exemplification--in its purest and direst form--of the nature of war and the nature of political leadership. This is not to render the book a tract; its substance is far too grim and circumstantial. But as it informs and illustrates--it scores its own cleancut victory.?-KirkusAbout the Author:
Leon Wolff is American and served in the US Air Force during the Second World War, and his first book, LOW LEVEL MISSION, describes his wartime experiences. Leon Wolff was awarded the Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians for his third book, LITTLE BROWN BROTHER.
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Book Description Penguin Putnam~trade, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 140146628