Ypres 1914: Langemarck

B1991

This book joins the highly acclaimed Battleground series of more than 140 first-rate guides and histories. It meets the very high standard achieved by the series and covers a pivotal point in the progress of WWI on the Western Front.

This book is well-researched, well-written, and admirably illustrated. It is an essential guide for the visitor and an interesting read from home.

As with the rest of the series, highly recommended.

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NAME: Ypres 1914: Langemarck
CATEGORY: Book Reviews
DATE: 020814
FILE: R1991
AUTHOR: Jack Sheldon, Nigel Cave
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 208
PRICE: £12.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Great War, WWI, World War One, First World War, Western Front, war of movement, trench warfare, retreat, strategic withdrawal, German invasion, BEF, Belgium, 1914
ISBN: 1-78159-199-7
IMAGE: B1991.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: This book joins the highly acclaimed Battleground series of more than 140 first-rate guides and histories. It meets the very high standard achieved by the series and covers a pivotal point in the progress of WWI on the Western Front.

The site of Ypres 1914: Langemarck has proved very popular with British visitors since 1918, easy to reach, it is in the cockpit of the fighting, with many memorials and war graves. Visitors also receive a welcome from the local population. The survivors of the battleground have moved into history and the visitors now are the grandchildren and great grandchildren of those who fought on this ground. Battleground books are therefore most valuable aids to those new generations visiting today and to future generations of visitors.

In 1914, the Germans expected to reprise their success in the Franco Prussian war when German militarism first threatened Europe and German troops besieged Paris, while the French politicians escaped by balloon, leaving the citizens to the mercy of the Prussians. The Kaiser was convinced that Britain would not join the fight in 1914. When British troops were rushed to support Belgium and France, he dismissed the BEF as a “contemptible little army”, Then German troops faced the withering fire of well-trained troops with bolt-action rifles and thought they were facing machine guns. The BEF proudly called itself the “Old Contemptibles”.

The BEF stopped the German parade to Paris and then fought on to 1918 to achieve victory over their enemy.

This book is well-researched, well-written, and admirably illustrated. It is an essential guide for the visitor and an interesting read from home.

As with the rest of the series, highly recommended.

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