In Flanders Fields : Passchendaele 1917
Of all the grim, gallant and inglorious battles of the Western Front, this is the name uniquely evocative of the "mud and blood" that pervaded the First World War. The total gain - a few thousand yards of indefensible slough - cost about a million Allied lives. In this now classic account of the Flanders campaign, Leon Wolff graphically describes the whole terrible business: from Haig's initial plan; his determination to carry it out despite constant opposition from the Cabinet and the muddle of doubts and disagreement among the military staff; through the early stages of the "great offensive"; and to the scene of the battle itself - the Flanders fields which will "forever haunt Western civilization".
- Paperback | 352 pages
- 132.08 x 213.36 x 30.48mm | 385.55g
- 28 Jun 2001
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- New edition
- New edition
- 21 b&w illustrations, references, bibliography, index
"An outstanding book...much more than a military history, rather an invocation which summons from out of the depths of the past the catastrophe of Passchendaele 1917...Here is brought to light again all its many facets, its antagonisms, its blunders, its horror, and its heroism."
About Leon Wolff
Leon Wolff is American and served in the US Air Force during the Second World War, and his first book, LOW LEVEL MISSION, describes his wartime experiences. Leon Wolff was awarded the Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians for his third book, LITTLE BROWN BROTHER.
Table of contents
The deadlock; the home front; the overture; l'affaire Nivele; the interlude; triumph at Messines; the signed contract; on the brink; the opening phase; the intermission; the Menin Road; Haig's decision; the slough of despond; journey's end; war and peace.