Ypres: The First Battle 1914

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The battle for Ypres in October and November 1914 represented the last opportunity for open, mobile warfare on the Western Front. In the first study of First Ypres for almost 40 years, Ian Beckett draws on a wide range of sources never previously used to reappraise the conduct of the battle, its significance and its legacy.

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Overview

The battle for Ypres in October and November 1914 represented the last opportunity for open, mobile warfare on the Western Front. In the first study of First Ypres for almost 40 years, Ian Beckett draws on a wide range of sources never previously used to reappraise the conduct of the battle, its significance and its legacy.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

'Thorough and scholarly'

Professor Sir Michael Howard in Times Literary Supplement

A first rate work by one of the leading specialists on the First World War'

Professor Jeremy Black in History

'Should become the standard scholarly account of First Ypres'

Dr Nik Gardner in Journal of Military History

'A valuable addition to the growing library of scholarly studies of the British Army's experience on the Western Front'

Professor Peter Simkins in English Historical Review

'The scholarship of the work is massively apparent on every page'

Society of Friends of the National Army Museum Newsletter

'Gripping, pulse-quickening detail'

Worcester Evening News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405836203
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/11/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.79 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Ian Beckett is an internationally known specialist on the Great War, his publications including acclaimed titles such as The Great War, 1914-1918 (2001), The First World War: The Essential Guide to Sources in the UK National Archives (2003) and (co-edited with Keith Simpson) A Nation in Arms: A Social Study of the British Army in the First World War (1985). Ian Beckett is Professor History at the Universityof Northampton, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and Chairman of the Army Records Society.

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Acknowledgements

Maps

Illustrations

Abbreviations

Introduction

1. The Belgian option and the race to the sea

2. Four armies in Flanders Fields

3. Advance to contact

4. Kindermord

5. The South

6. Army Group Fabeck

7. Nonnebosschen

Conclusion: The immortal salient

Appendix: Orders of battle

Bibliography

Index

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