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After reading May and Amy: A True Story of Family, Forbidden Love, and the Secret Lives of May Gaskell, Her Daughter Amy, and Sir Edward Burne-Jones. I did some online research because one of the figures stunned me. I added this to my review of the book:

"The figure of 54,000 British men lost in the First Battle of Ypres (where Daphne's husband died) mentioned near the end of the book was so astounding, that I finally looked up further information. One source said 75, 000 lives lost. In. The. First. Battle. There were three battles of Ypres... Another source: 'In the area around Ypres - including Hill 60, Passcendaele, Lys, Sanctuary Wood etc. - over 1,700,000 soldiers on both sides were killed or wounded and an uncounted number of civilians.'

On the Battle of the Somme:'By the close of that fateful July day in 1916 nearly 60,000 British soldiers, each a son, a father, a loved one, lay dead and wounded, near a small unassuming river whose name would live in infamy - the River Somme. 'One battle and one day."

Mary Ronan Drew

The Somme, Ypres, the Marne, and Passchendaele were horrific. Lyn MacDonald's books on the war describe them most graphically. I'm hoping Wilhelm will have time to post on a couple of MacDonald's books soon.


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