Vimy Ridge 1917: Byng's Canadians Triumph at Arras

Vimy Ridge 1917: Byng's Canadians Triumph at Arras


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Vimy Ridge 1917: Byng's Canadians Triumph at Arras by Alexander Turner, Peter Dennis

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781841768717
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 05/08/2005
Series: Campaign
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 807,972
Product dimensions: 7.19(w) x 9.88(h) x 0.23(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction/Chronology/Opposing commanders/Opposing armies/Opposing plans/The capture of Vimy Ridge/Aftermath/The battlefield today/Further reading/Index

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