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Passchendaele: A New History by Nick Lloyd review – hellish battle reassessed

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A powerful account of ‘courage and ingenuity in the face of almost unimaginable horrors’Passchendaele has become a synonym for military failure as well as the myopia of the British top brass. Nick Lloyd’s book reassesses the conduct and impact of this hellish battle, which lasted from 31 July until 10 November 1917. By then more than half a million men had been killed or injured, many vanishing without trace in the thick mud. The British forces had advanced just five miles, ground that was lost again the following year. It was, says Lloyd, “the ultimate expression of meaningless, industrialised slaughter”. On just one day in August, more shells were fired than in the entire
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