Read Passchendaele: A New History Online Free - Passchendaele. The name of a small, seemingly insignificant Flemish village echoes across the twentieth century as the ultimate expression of meaningless, industrialized slaughter. In the summer of 1917, upwards of 500,000 men were killed or wounded, maimed, gassed, drowned, or buried in this small corner of Belgium.
On the centennial of the battle, military historian Nick Lloyd brings to vivid life this epic encounter along the Western Front. Drawing on both British and German sources, he is the first historian to reveal the astonishing fact that, for the British, Passchendaele was an eminently winnable battle. Yet the advance of British troops was undermined by their own high command, which, blinded by hubris, clung to failed tactics. The result was a familiar one: stalemate. Lloyd forces us to consider 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, if not millions, of lives. A captivating narrative of heroism and folly, Passchendaele is an essential addition to the literature on the Great War.
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July 02, 2017
Passchendaele a New History – Still a History of Military Cruelty on Both Sides
Siegfried Sassoon recorded Passchendaele in his poem Memorial Tablet, when he spoke about on behalf of one of the victims. It has become a byword for the futility and cruelty of war and that is before we get to the mud...
July 02, 2017
Great book, some great insights from the German side. I still despise Haig "the boy butcherer"
July 13, 2017
Excellent new book on a bloody battle of WWI
Excellent overview of this battle, what went wrong as well as right, what should and should not have been fought, and more. Lloyd covers all the major controversies on the battlefield, from the temporal separation of Messines and later portions of the b...
July 13, 2017
Incidentally, the copy I have uses a different subtitle: "The Lost Victory of World War I" which is probably not as accurate as "A New History." The book doesn't really play up the "Lost Victory" angle, and I suspect that it was added by the publisher in an attempt to rev up sales. The thesis, es...
August 05, 2017
A very well-documented new history of the bloodiest campaign of World War I, the useless assault on and eventual capture of a ridge at the village of Passchendaele in Belgium. The 4 1/2-month battle cost the Allies (mainly United Kingdom) 244,000 casualties, with German numbers slightly lower. Al...
August 14, 2017
Great book and probably 4 1/2 stars. It was devastating for both sides and the author does a great job in discussing grand strategy down to individual soldier stories. For anyone interested in the Great War this is a must read.
May 29, 2017
Incredible read on one of the most horrific battles fought in WWI. It confirms the long held belief that there was a devastating and fatal disconnect between the civilian government at Whitehall and the military commanders of the BEF. This disconnect cost Britain and Germany over 750,000 lives.
July 10, 2017
Harrowing. An excellent book to follow up on "The Somme" by Hugh Sebag-Montefiorre