Ypres 1914: The Menin Road...

 

...A Battleground Guide from Pen and Sword

 

Title: Ypres 1914: The Menin Road

Author: Nigel Cave & Jack Sheldon

Publisher: Pen and Sword Books

ISBN: 978-1-78159-200-7

This is a new addition to Pen and Swords excellent Battleground series of touring guides. It is the third and final part of a sub-series within the Battleground books, looking at specific elements of the first Battle of Ypres in 1914.  This particular book looks at events along the Menin Road from 28 October through to 11 November 1914. Amongst this it covers the fighting for the villages of Gheluvelt and Veldhoek, up to Polygon Wood.  The first half of the book gives us the story of events during the attacks which took place during this short period. This all took place before the establishment of fixed trench lines which were to become the 'norm' for the remainder of WW1. The story does include a good number of accounts from the German side of things, as so many English officers were killed or taken as POWs, that their story was only gathered some years later. Illustrated with period photos, along with maps that shops the positions, this is an interesting story.  There were limited successes for the German Army, but casualty rates were so high that they were unable to sustain an offensive.  Likewise, English Defences did hold and they were given helpful support from the French as well.

The second half of the book details 6 tours, for car and some walking. The tours are well detailed, and do include some optional 'diversions' that you might like to add on. Again, maps plus archive photos plus other modern day comparisons to help guide you in what to look for. To round things off, a section dealing with the various cemeteries in the area which relate to this early war period of the war. An excellent guide for those who like to control their own visits/tours.

 

Another Battleground guide which is an ideal size to take with you in your car on holiday to France.

Robin