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Passchendaele: The Lost Victory of World War I

Nick Lloyd
Item #: D80404
Pages/Publication Date: 411 / 2017
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 9780465094776
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In the summer of 1917, more than half a million men were killed or wounded in the obscure Belgian village of Passchendaele, its name now synonymous with meaningless, industrialized slaughter. For a century, this phase of the Great War has been chalked up as an unwinnable stalemate, but here the author of Hundred Days: The Campaign That Ended World War I takes a fresh look at the standoff, and finds that British forces held the upper hand from the outset but were undermined by the hubris of their own high command, who clung to failed tactics. In this portrait of a obsolete opportunity, illustrated with 24 pages of black and white photos, Nick Lloyd argues that trench warfare was not necessarily a futile endeavor, and that had the British won at Passchendaele, they might have ended the war early, saving hundreds of thousands of lives.

 

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