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The Road to Passchendaele

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Passchendaele is the next volume in the highly-regarded series of books from the 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. It covers the life in and out of the line, culminating in perhaps the most dreaded battle of them all, the Battle of Passchendaele. His previous book, The Somme, has now sold nearly 20,000 copies in hardback and softback, 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 The author has an outstanding collection of over 5,000 privately-taken and overwhelmingly unpublished photographs, revealing the war as it was seen by the men involved, an existence that was sometimes exhilarating, too often terrifying, and occasionally even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 interviewed 270 veterans of the Great War, has written extensively about the soldiers' lives, and has worked on many television documentaries, always concentrating on the human aspects of war, its challenge and its cost to the millions of men involved.

  • Pages: 392
  • Illustrations: 150+
  • Format: Hardback
  • Price £25
  • ISBN: 9781473891906

Richard van Emden’s lives in West London and regularly appears on television, mostly recently as BBC1’s historian for the national commemorations of the Somme Battle. He has appeared on over 40 television documentaries and has written nineteen books on World War I. More details from www.pen-and-sword.co.uk

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