This book is a superbly researched and detailed account of the fighting around Ypres during April and May 1915. It is essentially a day-by-day record of the Second Battle of Ypres which draws heavily upon personal accounts, regimental histories and war diaries to present a comprehensive study of the battle in which Germany gained the dubious distinction of becoming the first nation in history to use poisonous gas as a weapon of war. The work is complemented with a number of useful Appendices including Officer Casualties, Victoria Cross winners and the British Order of Battle for Hill 60 and the Second Battle of Ypres.Each phase of the battle is discussed in detail aided, where appropriate, by maps and photographs.
John Dixon read Geology at the University of Cardiff and obtained a doctorate in 1983. Since he worked in the construction industry as a professional geologist. A Fellow of the Geological Society, a Chartered Geologist and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society he has published a number of scientific articles and written the definitive history of the Monmouthshire Regiment in the Great War (three volumes).