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...
November 12, 2017
A Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller and must be one of the finest historical non-fiction books of 2017 that I have read.
Nick Lloyd's 'New History' of 'Passchendaele' is simply superb, providing a deeply researched and evocative account from all sides of this WW1 battleground from July to November of...
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 02, 2017
Great book, some great insights from the German side. I still despise Haig "the boy butcherer"
October 08, 2017
Published earlier this year and in time to mark (Or exploit, if you prefer) the centenary of Third Ypres the cover of Lloyd's book carries a ringing endorsement from Richard Dannatt who regards it as, 'a masterpiece.' I wouldn't go quite so far, but having tucked it into my baggage for a moving v...
September 09, 2017
Heb hier heel wat van opgestoken maar vond de beschrijvingen van de deelveldslagen te gedetailleerd voor niet-militairen. Anderzijds wordt de discrepantie tussen de politieke wereld van Lloyd George en de militaire wereld van de generaals Haig, Plumer en Gough extra in de verf gezet. Wat de polit...
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...
January 10, 2018
A great look at the wasteful battle of Passchendaele, or 3rd Ypres. A battle that could have meant everything that ended up meaning nothing. Through a combination of ego, poor planning, and bad weather what had the potential to swing the war in the Allies favor ended up being a wasteful grind hou...
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.