This study encompasses the battles of Vimy Ridge, Arras, and Bullecourt in April and May 1917. It offers detailed insights into the reasoning behind each battle, the objectives and the tactics. It includes 60 maps, and some b/w photographs. It taught the British, Canadians, and Australians valuable lessons in trench warfare, and there are many eye-witness anecdotes.
This is an account of the British Expeditionary Force's actions during the spring of 1917. It begins with the Allied plans for the New Year and shows how they were undone by the German decision to withdraw to a pre-prepared defensive line. The story follows the cautious advance across devastated territory to the Hindenburg Line and the subsequent revision in Allied plans. The Arras offensive on 9 April resulted in the capture of Vimy Ridge by the Canadians and the longest advance by British troops since trench warfare began. But attempts to replicate the success at places like Oppy, Roeux, Monchy and Bullecourt ended in bloody failure. Each large battle and minor action is given equal treatment, giving a detailed insight into the most talked about side of the campaign, the British side. There are details on the reasoning behind each battle, the objectives and the tactics. There is discussion about how the infantry, the artillery, the cavalry, the engineers and Royal Flying Corps worked together. We see how they used new techniques or made costly mistakes during the attacks. Over sixty new maps chart the day by day progress of each battle and action. Together the narrative and maps provide an insight into the British Army's experience during this important campaign early in 1917. Where possible the men who made a difference are mentioned; those who led the attacks, those who faced the counter-attacks and those who were awarded the Victoria Cross. Discover the spring 1917 campaign experienced by the British Army and learn how its brave soldiers fought and died achieving their objectives. AUTHOR: Andrew Rawson is a freelance writer who has written over twenty-five military history books. He has written eight books for Pen & Sword's 'Battleground Europe' series and three reference books for The History Press 'Handbook' series. He has edited Eyes Only: The Top Secret Correspondence between Marshall and Eisenhower and Organizing Victory: The War Conferences 1941 1945. He has also written a campaign volume of the British Army's battles in 1914, 1915 and 1916. He has a master's degree with Birmingham University's history department. Andrew lives in Mallorca, Spain.