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click to enlarge Cave, Nigel. HILL 60: YPRES. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Pen & Sword, 2008). 5X8. Highly illustrated. 160 pages.

~~~ The shell-ravaged landscape of Hill 60, some three miles to the south east of Ypres, conceals beneath it a labyrinth of tunnels and underground workings. This small area saw horrendous fighting in the early years of the war as the British and Germans struggled to control its dominant view over Ypres.


click to enlarge Cooksey, Jon & Jerry Murland. BATTLE LINES: YPRES -- Nieuwpoort to Ploegsteert. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Pen & Sword, 2013). 9.5x7.5. 100 b&w photographs. 224 pages.

~~~ Battle Lines: Ypres, the first volume in Pen & Sword’s new series of walking, cycling and driving guides to the Western Front, is the essential companion for every visitor to the Ypres Salient and the battlefields of Belgium. Many of the most famous - and most memorable - Great War sites are featured here. Expert guides Jon Cooksey and Jerry Murland take visitors over a series of routes that can be walked, biked, or driven, explaining the fighting that occurred in each place in vivid detail. They describe what happened, where it happened, and why, and who was involved, and point out the sights that remain there for the visitor to see. Their accounts give a fascinating insight into the landscape of the front line and the acts of war that took place there a century ago.


click to enlarge Dixon, John. MAGNIFICENT BUT NOT WAR: The Second Battle of Ypres, 1915. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Pen & Sword, 2009). 6x9. Maps, photographs, appendices. 388 pages.

~~~ The book is a detailed account of the fighting around Ypres during April and May 1915. It is essentially a day-by-day record of the Second Battle of Ypres which draws heavily upon personal accounts, regimental histories and war diaries to present a comprehensive study of the battle in which Germany became the first nation to use poisonous gas as a weapon. Each phase of the battle (the Battle of Gravenstafel; the Battle of St. Julien; the Battle of Frezenberg Ridge and the Battle of Bellewaarde Ridge) is discussed in detail aided, where appropriate, by maps and photographs. The main text is accompanied by a number of appendices including officer casualties; Victoria Cross winners and the British Order of Battle for Hill 60 and the Second Battle of Ypres.


German General Staff. YPRES, 1914. Constable & Co, London, 1919., NF/G. First Edition. Head & toe of dust jacket spine chipped. About 1/5th (lower left corner) of front panel of DJ missing. DJ in mylar protector. Book itself nearly immaculate, tight & bright. Clean inside & out. 5.5x8. AN OFFICIAL ACCOUNT PUBLISHED BY ORDER OF THE GERMAN GENERAL STAFF, With Introduction and Notes by the Historical Section (Military Branch), Committee of Imperial Defence. Translation into English by "G.C.W." Maps, extensive notes, appendices, index, 136 pp.

Table of contents as follows: Introduction; German Preface; Preliminary Remarks; The Theatre of Operations; The Advance of the Fourth Army; The Operations of the Fourth Army, 20th-31st October 1914; The Attempt to Break through South of Ypres; The Operations of the Fourth Army from the End of October to the 9th November 1914; The Last Phase; Conclusion. Appendices as follows: Order of Battle of the Fourth Army; Order of Battle of the Army Group Fabeck; Order of Battle of the Group Gerok; Order of Battle of the Army Group Linsingen; INDEX. ;


German General Staff. YPRES 1914: AN OFFICIAL GERMAN ACCOUNT, THE GENERAL STAFF . NEW copy, Battery Press, 1994. Hardcover issued without dustjacket. 160 pages.

~~~ This is a reprint of the rare English translation of this Official Account written by the German General Staff in 1920. It describes in great detail the German Offensive at Ypres in Flanders during October & November 1914. This attack was against British & Canadian troops. In addition, there is an introduction by the British Historical Section which places the campaign in the context of British plans & operations.


Groom, Winston, A STORM IN FLANDERS, THE YPRES SALIENT, 1914-1918: Tragedy and Triumph on the Western Front .. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket, (NY: Grove/Atlantic, Inc, 2002). introduction, Author's Note on Unit Sizes and Designations, 66 b&w photos & illus., 5 maps, bibliographic notes, source notes, index, maps as rear endpapers, 276 pages.

~~~ From Kirkus Reviews: A somber portrait of early modern war in one of its most hellish manifestations. Best known for the novel Forrest Gump (1986), Groom is also a seasoned writer on historical subjects (Shrouds of Glory, 1995, etc). The present study brings us little that other histories do not-Stanley Weintraub's recent Silent Night, for instance, focuses on the famed Christmas truce of 1914, while John Keegan's The First World War gives extensive coverage on the Ypres Salient-but it relates the terrible events of four years with fluency and sometimes unpleasant vividness. From Groom we learn that a single 1917 battle along the Belgian front "enriched the Flanders earth with the corpses of some 228,000 Englishmen and Germans, not to mention about 20,000 French, all in an area not much longer than Manhattan Island." He adds that we still do not have an accurate number of total deaths in the Ypres area, and that statisticians can only posit the true, and staggering, extent of the bloodshed. All those corpses over four years lent the trenches on both sides an infernal aspect, which Groom evokes with well-chosen quotations from the combatants: a Canadian soldier relates that the "whole salient had an odor beyond description," which does not stop Groom from doing his best to describe the smells, sights, and sounds of a battle that seemed to go on forever. (Another Canadian soldier, John Macrae, wrote the poem "In Flanders Fields," the Ypres front's best-known literary monument.) Groom's account, full of detail and the smell of gunsmoke, is expertly paced and free of dull stretches, unlike more technical studies of the Ypres Salient: he knows just when enough is enough, when it's time to pull his lens from close-ups of hand-to-hand fighting and exploding Germans up to the big picture of Ypres in the overall context of WWI. A fine narrative that will be of much interest to students of military history.
~~~ Hardcover originally published at $27.50, now OUT OF PRINT.


click to enlarge Holt, Major & Mrs. MAJOR AND MRS HOLT'S POCKET BATTLEFIELD GUIDE TO YPRES AND PASSCHENDAELE: 1st Ypres; 2nd Ypres (Gas Attack); 3rd Ypres (Passchendaele); 4th Ypres (The Lys). NEW copy, trade paperback. (Pen & Sword, 2006). 6.75x4.75. Illustrated throughout (photos, maps). 112 pages.

~~~ Covering the important WW1 Battles of Ypres, including the notorious Passchendaele, this guidebook takes readers on a historic trip through some of the well-known and most important sites of the area.
~~~ This book, part of a new series of guides, is designed conveniently in a small size, for those who have only limited time to visit, or who are simply interested in as an introduction to the historic battlefields, whether on the ground or from an armchair. They contain selections from the Holts' more detailed guides of the most popular and accessible sites plus hand tourist information, capturing the essential features of the Battles.
~~~ The book contains many full color maps and photographs and detailed instructions on what to see and where to visit.


click to enlarge Ivelaw-Chapman, John. THE RIDDLES OF WIPERS: An Appreciation of the Trench Journal The Wipers Times . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Pen & Sword, 2010). Illustrated. 6x9, 208 pages.

~~~ The Wipers Times was the Private Eye of the Ypres Salient during World War One. Edited, while under bombardment, by a battalion commander in the Sherwood Foresters, written by soldiers actually in the trenches and distributed by ration-wagon and ammunition-mule. the paper bears vivid witness to the shocking realities of trench warfare. Yet for all the occasional horror of its content, The Wipers Times was a gentle, humor-filled and satirical paper which, once its codes are cracked and its riddles solved, tells an interested reader much about the characters and personalities of the men in the British Army of the First World War.
~~~ Interpretation of regular features such as the bogus music-hall advertisements that feature in every issue, columns like ‘Answers to our Many Correspondents’ and ‘Things We Want to Know’ and careful study of some of the remarkable poetry published in the paper, explain to readers what it was like to be there. The Mud, the Gas, the Shells; the Fear, the Courage, the Humour and the Bitterness; much is revealed about these and many other things in this remarkable book that unravels the eighty-year-old Riddles of Wipers.


click to enlarge Keech, Graham. ST. JULIEN: YPRES. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Pen & Sword, 2008). 5.5x8.5. Illustrations. 160 pages.

~~~ The village of St. Julian figured in several battles of the First World War, but this new volume in the Battleground Europe series concentrates on the site's darkest moment: the first use of poison gas as a weapon of war. The St. Julian region saw many acts of courage in the face of unknown and deadly weapons. Maps, photos and sketches cover all the major units and actions at the site, including all eight Victoria Crosses won, and provide a guide to the area as it is today.


click to enlarge Priddey, Doreen. A TOMMY AT YPRES. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Amberley, 2011). 6x9. 20 illustrations. 192 pages.

~~~ The remarkable First World War diary of Walter Williamson, 268163 L/C (A/CPL) 6th Battalion Cheshire Regiment starts as Walter is called to war in 1916 at the age twenty-eight. At this time he was married to Amelia and had a two-year-old son, ‘Little Jimmy’.
~~~ We travel with him from Birkenhead to France and onward to the Ypres Salient, where his vivid recollections describe his part in the 118th Brigade’s involvement in the Battle of St Julien at the opening of the 3rd Battle of Ypres, then on to The Somme and back to Ypres. We meet his many comrades, his best friend Pat Nunn, and his commanding officers, all of whom come to life through his wonderfully keen observations. Walter had a passion for writing as you will appreciate not only from the diary, but from the letters he wrote to Amelia, giving a further insight into Walter’s War.
~~~ This is an accurate factual account which will be of great interest to historians, but it is more than that, it is a heart warming story of one man’s experience of war, which will prove a compelling read to all lovers of a ‘good book’. Walter was an educated man, not wealthy, but gentle, sensitive, unassuming and loving, with a warm humor that reflected these qualities, all of which in turn are reflected in his wonderful diary.


click to enlarge Sheldon, Jack. THE GERMAN ARMY AT YPRES -- 1914. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Pen & Sword, 2011). 6x9. 16 pages of b&w plates. 400 pages.

~~~ This book will be the first complete account of the operations of the German army in the battles north of Lille in the late autumn of 1914. The main emphasis will be placed on the battles around Ypres against the Old Contemptibles of the BEF, but the fighting against the French and Belgian armies will also be featured, thus providing fresh and broader insights into a campaign. There are those who believe the BEF was all that saved world civilization as the first year of the Great War drew to its end.
~~~ The book uses the comprehensive histories of the participating German regiments found in the Kriegsarchiv in Munich and the Hauptstaatsarchiv in Stuttgart. Their use adds authority and authenticity to the book.
~~~ The narrative adopts a chronological approach. The book focuses on some of the most bitterly disputed battles of the first three months of the war, when the Germans strained to achieve a breakthrough and the BEF resisted heroically, at the price of its own destruction.
~~~ The book employs a similar format to the author’s previous works; the greater part of the text uses the words of the German participants themselves and the primary focus of the book covers the experiences of the fighting troops at regimental level and below. Linking paragraphs provide historical context and commentary and evidence from senior commanders will be introduced as necessary.


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