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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 432 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 04/05/2017
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9780241004364
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