As the first salvos of the First World War were being exchanged, the small Belgian town of Ypres stood squarely in the path of the German Army's march to Paris. Before long, the town would be almost completely destroyed and some of the conflict's most famous battles would be played out on the surrounding blood-soaked fields. Ypres 1914 tells the story of the first few months of the war from the German perspective, offering a unique insight into the embryonic stages of the conflict, before the savagery of modern warfare took hold, and setting the scene for the tumultuous years to follow. Written by order of the German General Staff, Ypres 1914 provides unique access into the mindset of the German Army during the first year of the war. The Allied use of non-white troops, the devastating losses incurred by all sides and the importance of terrain in a conflict steadily becoming entrenched are all reflected on, providing a refreshing alternative to the usual narrative on the opening stages of the war in Flanders fields.