The Road to Passchendaele

Posted on centenarynews.com on 07 August 2017
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Author: Richard Van Emden
Publication Date: 12 June 2017

Publisher's Description:

'The Road to Passchendaele is the next volume in the highly-regarded series of books from best-selling First World War historian Richard van Emden. Once again using the winning formula of diaries and memoirs, and above all original photographs taken on illegally-held cameras by the soldiers themselves, Richard tells the story of 1917, of life both on the line and behind it culminating in perhaps the most dreaded battle of them all, the Battle of Passchendaele. His previous book, The Somme The Epic Battle in the Soldiers' own Words and Photographs, has now sold nearly 20,000 copies, proving that the public appetite is undiminished for new, original stories illustrated with over 150 rarely or never-before-seen battlefield images. 

The author has an outstanding collection of over 5,000 privately-taken and overwhelmingly unpublished photographs, revealing the war as it was seen by the men involved, an existence that was sometimes exhilarating, too often terrifying, and occasionally even fun. Richard van Emden has interviewed 270 veterans of the Great War, and written extensively about the soldiers' lives, as well as working on many television documentaries, always concentrating on the human aspects of war, its challenge and its cost to the millions of men involved.'

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