- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Grove Press; 1 edition (May 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0871138425
- ISBN-13: 978-0871138422
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 94 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Storm in Flanders: The Ypres Salient, 1914-1918: Tragedy and Triumph on the Western Front Hardcover – May, 2002
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Novelist Winston Groom (Forrest Gump) brings his considerable skills as a storyteller and researcher to this gory tour of "the most notorious and dreaded place in all of the First World War, probably of any war in history." The Ypres salient, a small, hilly section of Belgium, witnessed the wholesale destruction of the old British professional army, "the Old Contemptibles"; it was the place where the great armies of England, France, and Germany were locked in a dance of death for four years, where "more than a million soldiers were shot, bayoneted, bludgeoned, bombed, grenaded, gassed, incinerated by flamethrowers, drowned in shell craters, smothered by caved-in trenches, obliterated by underground mines, or, more often than not, blown to pieces by artillery shells." Extraordinary moments occurred in that vast hell, including the renowned Christmas truce of 1914, when the armies set aside the killing for a few short hours, crossed the trenches, and celebrated together. But mostly the scenery was unbeautiful mud and blood, the makings of Groom's chilling canvas, one populated by the famed generals and ordinary soldiers who met in Flanders fields. The stuff of Groom's story will be familiar to readers of Liddell Hart, Keegan, and other scholars, and readers new to the history of the Great War will find it a memorable introduction. --Gregory McNamee
From Library Journal
Groom wrote Forrest Gump, but this is no whimsical novel. Here, he studies World War I's infamous Battle of Ypres.
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Overall, this is a very good book. It gives you a sense of the horror of this campaign and of the quality of the men who commanded the forces. It is an easy book to read but also one that frustrates and angers the reader as they find out about the quality of leaders such as Sir Douglas Haig. This is also a book that does give the reader glimpses into the Germans - something that is not frequently done in books such as this.
A good book, easy to read, highly recommended.
A Storm in Flanders does a great job of laying out what transpired over the Ypres battlefield over 4 years. Groom links the writings of many soldiers (primarily from the Allied side, but he makes an effort to get something from the Germans, as well) to events, and we get to follow these men through their service in the salient.
I've always found this area of the fighting to be tremendously heartbreaking, and Groom lays out exactly why, even in the fighting of Verdun for the French and the Somme for the British, Ypres (particularly Third Ypres), holds a special place for the British.
Groom brings this all together as he closes the book superbly.
There's the novelist at work here, but it's pure history, tragic and beautiful.