Messines opened on the morning of 7 June 1917 with the tremendous explosion of nineteen mines, nearly one million pounds of explosive. It was the preliminary to Third Ypres which began on 31 July and finally came to a halt on November 10th in the appalling conditions forever associated with the name Passchendaele. The preparation of this volume caused much ill will between Edmonds and Capt G.C. Wynne, one of the team of authors who had been responsible for the first draft. Edmonds redrafted it as he felt Wynne had been too critical of Haig. For his part Wynne requested his name should be withdrawn from any connection with the final version – which came out under Edmonds’s name.
France and Belgium 1917. Vol II. Messines and Third Ypres (Passchendaele). OFFICIAL HISTORY OF THE GREAT WAR.
New Edition with all Maps Reproduced in Full Colour.
The Official History of the Great War was the grandest official history ever produced in Britain. Its purpose was to provide “within reasonable compass an authoritative account, suitable for general readers and for students at military schools.”
Due to the number of full-colour maps bound in each volume previous attempts to reprint this valuable reference ether floundered, or were produced with the maps in monochrome.
At last the acclaimed work of the official cartographers who had ninety thousand maps at their command can be examined as they intended in full colour.