Flanders Then and Now: The Ypres Salient and Passchendaele - John GilesLondon: Battle of Britain Prints International, 1987, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Leans. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Maps; Photographic end papers & blanks; 2-column text;
From the cover: “Throughout the centuries Flanders has been the scene of numerous bloody encounters as the soldiers of various nations fought over that comparatively limited area of land, including what subsequently became the Kingdom of Belgium.
Marlborough’s campaigns and Waterloo were important events for the British but in 1914 Belgian Flanders took on a far greater significance when, in October of that year, there began four years of bitter fighting around the ancient town of Ypres, in the south-western portion of that small country.
During those tragic years of 1914-1918 Flanders meant, to those who came to know it, miles and miles of utterly barren wastes, flooded trenches and millions of waterlogged shell-holes, coupled with incessant shell-fire from the low ridges overlooking the city which long ago had achieved fame in the annals of history.
This third, much revised and retitled edition of John Giles’ original Ypres Salient book has been specially published by After the Battle to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele. In it he recreates, by means of contemporary photographs juxtaposed with others taken by him over a number of years (including aerial pictures), plus eye-witness accounts and narrative, the atmosphere, past and present, of that once infamous salient. The end result is a moving tribute to the men who fought with great courage and tenacity in the horrendous conditions that prevailed in Flanders during what was known as the Great War. To them “Wipers” was more than just a foreign city — it was a way of life and sadly, for so very many, a way of death.”