Title: Passchendaele: The Tragic Victory of 1917
Publisher: Atheneum, New York, New York, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1988
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+
Edition: 1st Printing
269pp/illus/maps. In July 1917, the small Belgian village of Passchendaele became the focus for one of the most grueling, bloody, and bizarre battles of World War I. When it was over, in early November, over half a million soldiers had become casualties, without either army having achieved a decisive strategic result. Clean. Bookseller Inventory # 008902
Synopsis: Published to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the battle, this book gives a detailed analysis of the events that took place in the small Belgian village between July and November 1917, including the historical background, tactics and strategies, politics and the personalities involved. The author investigates the issues which had a crucial effect on the course of the battle, including the mutinous state of the French army, the inexplicable bombardment which destroyed the drainage system in the early days, General Sir Doublas Haig's determination to continue operations despite the appalling weather and ground conditions and the stormy relationship between Haig and Lloyd George. Philip Warner is a noted historian of 20th century warfare and the author of "Horrocks: The General Who Led From the Front" and "The Secret Forces of World War II".
About the Author: Philip Warner graduated from Cambridge, served in the British army during the Second World War in the Far East and became Senior Lecturer at The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He is a noted historian of twentieth-century warfare and the author of over fifty books on military history, many published by Pen and Sword including Sieges of the Middle Ages (Pen & Sword Military Classics 2004).
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