Vimy Ridge 1917: Byng's Canadians Triumph at Arras

Overview

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...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841768717
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/8/2005
  • Series: Campaign Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 974,840
  • 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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Vimy Ridge and the pursuit of breakthrough
Plans for 1917
Withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line
The Arras offensive takes shape
Chronology 15
Opposing Commanders 17
Limitations of a military revolution
The Germans
The British and Canadians
Opposing Armies 20
The German Army at Vimy Ridge
The Canadian Corps at Vimy Ridge
Orders of battle
Opposing Plans 29
German plans to defend Vimy Ridge
Canadian Corps' plan of attack
The Capture of Vimy Ridge 40
Preliminary operations
The battle
Aftermath 87
Conclusion of the Arras offensive
Nivelle's fortunes on the Chemin des Dames
The chimera of breakthrough
The Battlefield Today 91
Further Reading 94
Primary sources
Secondary sources
Index 95
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