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Passchendaele: A New History

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPenguin Books
Number of pages464
ISBN (Electronic) 9780241970119
ISBN (Print)9780241004364
Published4 May 2017

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Abstract

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.

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