1st ed., 1987. Xvii + 269 pp., photo-plates + maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. This book skilfully brings together all the elements of the horrific campaign of Passchendaele ' the historical background, personal accounts, strategies and tactics, the personalities and the political manoeuvres. It investigates the issues which had a crucial effect on the course of battle, including the mutinous state of the French army, the bombardment which destroyed the drainage system, Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig's determination to continue operations despite the appalling weather and ground conditions, and the stormy relationship between Haig and Lloyd George. However, it is the determined fighting ability and bravery of the allied soldiers, rather than the tactical plans of the commanders, that dominate this detailed and totally absorbing account of the harrowing four-month campaign called the Battle of Passchendaele.