Cambrai 1917: The Birth of Armoured Warfare

Overview

This crucial new study of one of the seminal events in military history dispells many of the myths surrounding Cambrai 1917 of World War I (1914-1918). Common perception classifies it as the "world's first tank battle" but Alexander Turner shows us that the real importance of Cambrai was that it saw the first use of armor as an operational shock tactic. With the pre-eminence of armor, the conduct of war was irrevocably changed. The battle also heralded the combined use of aircraft, armor, and artillery, marking ...
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Overview

This crucial new study of one of the seminal events in military history dispells many of the myths surrounding Cambrai 1917 of World War I (1914-1918). Common perception classifies it as the "world's first tank battle" but Alexander Turner shows us that the real importance of Cambrai was that it saw the first use of armor as an operational shock tactic. With the pre-eminence of armor, the conduct of war was irrevocably changed. The battle also heralded the combined use of aircraft, armor, and artillery, marking the birth of modern combined-arms techniques. Written by a military historian and serving soldier, this is a fascinating analysis of a battle which was a stalemate, yet spawned a host of war-winning tactics.
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"Alexander Turner's Cambrai 1917: The Birth of Armoured Warefare tells of the birth of armored warfare which saw the first use of armored vehicles in 1917. The battle of 1917 ended in a stalemate - but the tactical lessons learned from the conflict reach far into the future and hold meaning for military collections in particular." -California Bookwatch (January 2008)

"If you want insight into the first major assault or just a fascinating read, then this is the book for you. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I'm sure you will as well." -Scott Van Aken, modellingmadness.com (November 2007)

"Altogether, especially for those who are students of mechanized combined-arms warfare, this title should be considered as mandatory reading. Those modelers with an interest in the Great War and those early tanks will also be well served. Dust off that old Emhar Mk.IV kit and have a go! Highly recommended." -Frank V. De Sisto, missing-lynx.com (November 20, 2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846031472
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/23/2007
  • Series: Campaign Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,201,272
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

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. The author lives in London, England.
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Table of Contents


Introduction: Origins of the campaign     7
Chronology     11
Opposing Commanders     13
The British
The Germans
Opposing Forces     16
The Germans
The British
Orders of battle
Opposing Plans     25
The Germans
The British
The Battle of Cambrai     35
Final assembly
A tide of iron
Heroics at Flesquieres Scramble for canal crossings
A Herculean repeat 'Hell's Ladies' dance in Fontaine
'A tot of rum and we were off' Bourlon blooded
Das Ringen um Bourlon
Beginning of the end 'A dirty and a noisy place was
Bourlon'
Rupprecht's turn
Angriffschlacht
Aftermath     88
Recrimination
Elusive exploitation
The birth of armoured warfare
The Battlefield Today     92
Further Reading     94
Index     95
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