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Vimy Ridge and Arras : the spring 1917 offensive in panoramas

Author: Peter Barton; Jeremy Banning; Imperial War Museum (Great Britain)
Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In April 1917, Allied guns pounded German positions near Arras with almost three million shells. During the early stages of the succeeding offensive, British and Canadian troops achieved unprecedented advances, capturing a huge swathe of enemy territory, including the famous Vimy Ridge. After the initial shock, however, the Germans quickly recovered to employ inspired battlefield tactics that crushed all hope of
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Genre/Form: Pictorial works
Ouvrages illustrés
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Barton; Jeremy Banning; Imperial War Museum (Great Britain)
ISBN: 9781554887446 1554887445
OCLC Number: 463766236
Description: 312 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (chiefly color), portraits ; 22 x 27 cm
Responsibility: Peter Barton ; in association with the Imperial War Museum ; with research by Jeremy Banning.

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In April 1917, Allied guns pounded German positions near Arras with almost three million shells. During the early stages of the succeeding offensive, British and Canadian troops achieved unprecedented advances, capturing a huge swathe of enemy territory, including the famous Vimy Ridge. After the initial shock, however, the Germans quickly recovered to employ inspired battlefield tactics that crushed all hope of breakthrough, despite and injection of Australian military flair.

The ultimate cost in human life was immense, with an average daily casualty rate 40 per cent greater than the Somme and almost double that of Passchendaele - making it hour for hour the most treacherous British offensive of the First World War. It stands alone as an example of missed opportunity, wasted lives, defective leadership and poor communication. Yet the determination and doggedness shown by troops on both sides was breathaking.

In this major new account, Peter Barton showcases over 50 rediscovered British and German panoramic photographs of the battlegrounds. Taken at huge personal risk by specialist photographers, they reveal what no other photographs can - the view beyond the trench parapet - and a view not seen for over 90 years. Also included are many unpublished testimonies, letters and memoirs, with stunning mapping, plans and diagrams throughout --Book Jacket.

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