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'Don't go without it! An absolute MUST for anyone visiting or wishing to learn more about the Salient - WOW!' Michael Booker review.


This book is known as 'The Bible' to those who guide tourists around the battlefields. It tells you what there is to see, what happened, how to get there ...

AND when you order this book you can choose any one of our five battlefield maps absolutely free in addition to the one wrapped with the book.

This is the most complete guide-book to the Ypres & Passchendaele battlefields .Published September 2017.. Over 340 pages, some 300 pictures, GPS locations throughout.

The authors are the only ones to have been officially recognised by the city of Ypres for the quality and excellence of this and earlier books. The First Alderman of Ypres said at the Presentation -

''it is' the perfect introduction and accompaniment for anyone who wants to explore the Ypres Salient and, by extension, the great and terrible battlefields of Flanders.'

Cover Major & Mrs Holts Definitive Battlefield Guide to Yores & Passchendaele

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  • Cover Major & Mrs Holts Definitive Battlefield Guide to Yores & Passchendaele
  • Hooghe CWGC from Canada Road - Hooghe Museum behind
  • Recreated trenches Passchendaele Museum
  • Cloth Hall Ypres, at night
  • Interior St George's Memorial Church Ypres
  • 'Agony' War Horses Memorial Statue near Ypres
  • Canadian 'Brooding Soldier' Memorial detail near Ypres
  • Khaki Chums Christmas Truce Cross, St Yvon
  • Instigators & Authors at the Welsh Dragon Memorial at the Pilckem Ridge
  • Interior American Barrack Passchendaele Museum
  • Yorkshire Trench, Boezinge
  • Don't forget to thank the buglers at the Menin Gate
  • The arc of mines Page 298
  • Itinerary One Page 65
  • 4th Ypres Page 30
  • Ypre List of Contents & Maps

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GPS references throughout making navigation simple.

AMAZON REVIEWER MICHAEL BOOKER: 'Don't go without it! An absolute MUST for anyone visiting or wishing to learn more about the Salient - WOW!'
WESTERN FRONT ASSOCIATION BULLETIN: A guidebook the quality of which it would be difficult (if not impossible) to better.
THE OFFICER: Can there be two people who know more about First World War battlefields than Tonie and Valmai Holt?

There are over 200 coloured illustrations like these in the book. Do not go without it    

The Brooding Soldier

The Brooding Soldier

This 35ft-high statue of a Canadian Soldier with bowed head and hands resting on arms reversed was described by the author and WW1 veteran Henry Williamson as 'the genius of Man rising out of stone'. It marks the spot where the Canadians withstood the gas attack of 22-24 April 1915 and lost 2,000 men.

Tyne Cot Cemetry







Tyne Cot Cemetery / Grave of Jeffries, VC

With 11,871 graves this is the largest CWGC Cemetery in the world. Behind it is a Visitor Centre overlooking the battlefield.  

Household Cavalry Memorial

Household Cavalry Memorial, Zandvoorde

This elegant obelisk marks the action of the Life Guards and Royal Horse Guards of 30 October 1914. It is on the site of the original grave of Lt Lord Charles Sackville Pelham Worsley, recently married brother-in-law of Lady Haig.

Sanctuary Wood




The preserved trenches, Sanctuary Wood

This is one of the most visited sites in the Salient. The family of Jacques Schier, the current owner, threw a fence around the battle-scarred area and built a museum beside the trenches and shattered trees.

Hellfire Corner Demarkation

Hellfire Corner Demarcation Stone

This is one of many Demarcation Stones erected after the war by the Touring Clubs of Belgium and France to mark the furthest part of the German advance along the front line.

German Cemetry

German Cemetery, Langemarck

The cemetery contains 44,292 burials, of which 25,000 are in a mass grave. It was visited by Adolf Hitler (who fought in the Salient) during his 1940 battlefield tour.

Dressing Station





The Dressing Station, Essex Farm

Here Canadian Medical Officer Col John McCrae tended the wounded from the April 1915 gas attack and wrote his immortal poem, In Flanders Fields

Kruisstraat Craters


Kruisstraat Craters

Aerial view of these well-preserved, water-filled craters dating from the mines blown at the start of the Third Ypres battle. The mine tunnel was dug by 205th and 182nd Tunnelling Coys, who handed over to the 3rd Canadians and it was finished by 175th and 171st Tunnelling Coys .


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