Passchendaele - the anatomy of a tragedy

Andrew McDonald

This extensively researched book tells the story of one of the darkest hours of Australia and New Zealand′s First World War military. With the forensic use of documents and soldier accounts, it unveils what really happened on the war torn slopes of Passchendaele, why, and who was responsible for the deaths and injuries of thousands of soldiers in the black mud of Flanders.

New Zealand military historian, Andrew Macdonald explores the October battles of Third Ypres from the perspective of the generals who organised them to the soldiers in the field, drawing on a wide range of evidence held in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Britain and Germany. His book includes critical and comparative assessments of command, personality, training discipline, weapons, systems, tactics and the environment. It looks equally at the roles of infantry, artillery and engineering units, whether Australian, New Zealand, Canadian or British, and presents a meticulous, objective and compelling investigation from start to finish. It offers numerous unique insights that have, previously, been obscured by a nearly century-old fog of war.

This book will reshape the understanding of one of the most infamous battles of the First World War.

Soft cover, photographs, 303 pages.