Vimy Ridge 1917: Byng's Canadians Triumph at Arras

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Osprey Publishing, 2005 - History - 96 pages
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Vimy Ridge was one of the most important geographic features on the entire Western Front in World War I (1914-1918). In early 1917 it was considered practically impregnable, but on 9 April the Canadian Army Corps, under the command of the British Lieutenant General Sir Julian Byng, assaulted it as part of the Arras offensive. In one of the most spectacular operational attacks of the war, they seized almost the entire ridge in a single day. This book describes how the innovative efforts that went into every aspect of the preparation for this attack ensured that the Canadian and British troops achieved unprecedented success.
  

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An excellent look at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Good to see some explanation of what was happening on the German side. Very even-handed analysis of the contributions of all British/Canadian units. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
7
CHRONOLOGY
15
OPPOSING PLANS
29
THE CAPTURE OF VIMY RIDGE
40
AFTERMATH
87
INDEX
95

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Alexander Turner is a serving British Army officer in the Irish Guards. His operational experience includes Northern Ireland, Kosovo, the Iraq War of 2003 and service as a United Nations Military Observer. He has a BA in War Studies from King's College, London, and led a battalion battlefield tour to Vimy Ridge in 2002.

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