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Author Prior, Robin

Title Passchendaele : the untold story / Robin Prior and Trevor Wilson
Published New Haven ; London : Yale Nota Bene, 2002


Description 1 online resource (xxi, 237 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, maps, photographs
Contents Setting the scene. The conundrum ; The search for a solution, 1915-1916 ; Stratagems : January-May 1917 ; Decisions : May-July 1917 -- Initiation. Making plans ; False dawn : Messines -- Gough. The new commander ; 31 July : The implements ; First strike ; Rain -- Plumer. Menin Road ; Polygon Wood ; Broodseinde -- Political interlude I. Deciding and not deciding : The War Cabinet and the War Policy Committee, August-November 1917 -- The lower depths. Poelcappelle ; Neverending story ; Final folly -- Political interlude II. The last inaction : The War Cabinet, October-November 1917 ; Conclusion
Summary "No conflict of the Great War excites stronger emotions than the war in Flanders in the autumn of 1917, and no name better encapsulates the horror and apparent futility of the Western Front than Passchendaele. By its end there had been 275,000 Allied and 200,000 German casualties. Yet the territorial gains made by the Allies in four desperate months were won back by Germany in only three days the following March. The devastation at Passchendaele, the authors argue, was neither inevitable nor inescapable; perhaps it was not necessary at all. Using a substantial archive of official and private records, much of which has never been previously consulted, Trevor Wilson and Robin Prior provide the fullest account of the campaign ever published. The book examines the political dimension at a level which has hitherto been absent from accounts of 'Third Ypres.' It establishes what did occur, the options for alternative action, and the fundamental responsibility for the carnage. Prior and Wilson consider the shifting ambitions and stratagems of the high command, examine the logistics of war, and assess what the available manpower, weaponry, technology, and intelligence could realistically have hoped to achieve. And, most powerfully of all, they explore the experience of the soldiers in the light--whether they knew it or not--of what would never be accomplished."--Publisher's Web site
Notes Originally published: New Haven : London : Yale University Press, 1996
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 220-228) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Ypres, 3rd Battle of, Ieper, Belgium, 1917.
HISTORY -- Military -- World War I.
Politische F├╝hrung
Weltkrieg 1914-1918
Belgium -- Ieper
Form Electronic book
Author Wilson, Trevor, 1928-
ISBN 9780300184839