An in-depth account of the campaign that has come to symbolize the horrors of the Western Front. Excellent account supported by first rate maps through the body of the book and an evocative photo-plate section – Highly Recommended.
NAME: British Expeditionary Force. The Passchedaele Campaign 1917 FILE: R2575 AUTHOR: Andrew Rawson PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PAGES: 239 PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWI, World War One, World War 1, First World War, The Great War, Germany, BEF, Western Front, trench warfare, war of attrition ISBN: 1-52670-400-5 IMAGE: B2575.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/ydc9e4du LINKS: DESCRIPTION: An in-depth account of the campaign that has come to symbolize the horrors of the Western Front. Excellent account supported by first rate maps through the body of the book and an evocative photo-plate section – Highly Recommended. As we come toward the centenary of the end of WWI, there are still books appearing that challenge and provide fresh insight, new detail, new conclusions. The last soldier of the war is dead, the conditions of the trenches are no longer a distant memory, but a distant impression. There is still much to be seen from walking the battlefields, but the hideous scar of mud that ran from the Chanel to Switzerland is gone, leaving only the scattered and muted remanents of the War To End All Wars that was really a war to launch more wars. The remains of soldiers are still being recovered, many are identified by modern forensics and all are being reburied with military honours. The author has carefully researched his subject and presented compelling text. He offers a comprehensive view, fresh insight, new detail, all supported by maps that help to explain this huge and terribly costly campaign, with a photo plate section that is evocative and conveys at least an impression of the terrors and exhaustion. The photographs of 18lb QF guns with the men and horses of their teams illustrate the mud and mess and contrast with the Snaffles painting hanging in the Arborfield College Mess. Usually a very accurate war artist, Snaffles portrays a level of movement as his gun team flies through the mud to avoid counter-battery fire. He prided himself on accuracy so this must have been drawn from life but was a rare level of movement. Normally, field guns were moved by manpower and horsepower, hauling a dead weight through mud that came up to the axels and worse.