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A Storm in Flanders: The Ypres Salient, 1914-1918: Tragedy and Triumph on the Western Front

Groom, Winston

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ISBN 10: 0871138425 / ISBN 13: 9780871138422
Published by Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, 2002
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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1st Edition/1st Printing. SIGNED by author on a bookplate affixed to half-title page (signature only). $27.50 price present on DJ flap; mylar protected. 276 pages w/B&W photos. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 024731

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Title: A Storm in Flanders: The Ypres Salient, 1914...

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press, New York

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition

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A close-up analysis of a pivotal battle of World War I revisits the four-year-long Battle of Ypres, an engagement that cost hundreds of thousands of lives, marked the use of terrible new military tactics and technologies--including poison gas, mines, tanks, and air strikes--and forever changed the way that war would be waged. 50,000 first printing.

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Novelist Winston Groom (Forrest Gump) brings his considerable skills as a storyteller and researcher to this gory tour of "the most notorious and dreaded place in all of the First World War, probably of any war in history." The Ypres salient, a small, hilly section of Belgium, witnessed the wholesale destruction of the old British professional army, "the Old Contemptibles"; it was the place where the great armies of England, France, and Germany were locked in a dance of death for four years, where "more than a million soldiers were shot, bayoneted, bludgeoned, bombed, grenaded, gassed, incinerated by flamethrowers, drowned in shell craters, smothered by caved-in trenches, obliterated by underground mines, or, more often than not, blown to pieces by artillery shells." Extraordinary moments occurred in that vast hell, including the renowned Christmas truce of 1914, when the armies set aside the killing for a few short hours, crossed the trenches, and celebrated together. But mostly the scenery was unbeautiful mud and blood, the makings of Groom's chilling canvas, one populated by the famed generals and ordinary soldiers who met in Flanders fields. The stuff of Groom's story will be familiar to readers of Liddell Hart, Keegan, and other scholars, and readers new to the history of the Great War will find it a memorable introduction. --Gregory McNamee

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