A vivid page-turning narrative of the most horrific battle in history by a soldier turned bestselling novelistA fast-paced and vivid narrative of the most horrific campaign in history: the four-year slaughter around the Belgian town of Ypres 1914-18. Switching seamlessly between the generals' headquarters, the politicians' councils and -- above all -- the mud and blood of the trenches, this is a wonderfully accessible history.Winston Churchill and Adolf Hitler both fought in the frontline at Ypres: Groom reveals what happened to both men. We see the campaign through their eyes and the experience of other officers and men, including the war poet Edmund Blunden (later professor of poetry at Oxford). From the desperate defence put up by the tiny British regular army in 1914 to the infamous Passchendaele offensive, this is popular history at its best.
Winston Groom served in Vietnam with the 4th Infantry Division. He is the author of the prize-winning history of the US Civil War SHROUDS OF GLORY. His Vietnam book CONVERSATIONS WITH THE ENEMY was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His best-selling novels include FORREST GUMP and THE CRIMSON TIDE.