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- xviii, 410 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm.
- Contents: 1.Manoeuvres of War -- 2.Haig and the ̀Northern Operation' -- 3.À Great Sea of Flames' -- 4.̀Have We Time to Accomplish?' -- 5.Ùnder Constant Fire' -- 6.À Perfect Bloody Curse' -- 7.̀Like the Black Hole of Calcutta' -- 8.À Question of Concentration' -- 9.Àn Introduction to Hard Work' -- 10.À Stunning Pandemonium' -- 11.̀War with a Big W' -- 12.Àn Overwhelming Blow' -- 13.̀The Weakness of Haste' -- 14.̀Not Worth a Drop of Blood' -- 15.Àgainst the Iron Wall'.Includes bibliographical references and index.Summary: Between July and November 1917, in a small corner of Belgium, more than 500,000 men were killed or maimed, gassed or drowned - and many of the bodies were never found. The Ypres offensive represents the modern impression of the First World War: splintered trees, water-filled craters, muddy shell-holes. The climax was one of the worst battles of both world wars: Passchendaele. The village fell eventually, only for the whole offensive to be called off. But, as Nick Lloyd shows, notably through previously unexamined German documents, it put the Allies nearer to a major turning point in the war than we have ever imagined.