Buy my latest books on the Battle of the Lys

I have acquired some copies of my two latest books from the publisher and can offer them at a great price. Each book currently sells for £12.48 plus postage at Amazon and has a cover price of £14.99.

I’ll leave this page on site just for interest but regret to say to prospective buyers that I have now sold out of my stock of the books. They remain available from Pen & Sword direct, from Amazon and all other good booksellers.


“The German offensive in Flanders in April 1918 came close to catastrophe for the British Armies, but ultimately ended in strategic defeat for the Kaiser’s men. Following closely on the heels of the devastating ‘Operation Michael’ attack in March, the ‘Operation Georgette’ offensive was aimed at strangling the vital railways and roads that supplied the British at Ypres. Having assembled an overwhelming numerical advantage, the Germans attacked in thick fog on 9 April 1918. They faced tired British formations that had just been relieved from the earlier battle and which were receiving replacements, mainly in the form of 18 year-old conscripts. By the day’s end, the Germans had succeeded in gaining a crossing of the River Lys and were well on their way to the vital railway junctions at Hazebrouck. Several British divisions were deployed to stop the advance, only to be effectively destroyed in the attempt over the next few days. Gradually, fresher British, Australian and French reserves arrived and held their ground. With disappointing results, mounting casualties and a diminishing return for their efforts, the Germans abandoned the offensive and turned their attention further south. What the British call The Battle of the Lys 1918 is a fascinating yet curiously neglected period of military history. Chris Baker examines this major battle from the strategic down to the platoon level, highlighting the key events, characters and acts of enormous bravery on both sides, both in a historical narrative and in a series of tours of the area.”

How good?

Two latest reviews left at the Amazon website:

“The author has taken a single element of a very complex engagement and explained it very well. To avoid confusion he has mentioned in brief any overlapping situations which affect this story and without which the picture would be incomplete……good read”

“A brilliant guide and appropriately released for 2018. Up to the high standard you expect from the Battleground series”.

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The Battle of the Lys