A Visitor's Guide: The Battles of Arras North (Paperback)
Vimy Ridge to Oppy Wood and Gavrelle
The First World War battlefields to the north of Arras – including Vimy Ridge – are among the most famous and most visited sites on the Western Front, rivalled only by those around Ypres and the Somme, and this clearly written, highly illustrated guide is the ideal introduction to them.
Visitors can trace for themselves the course of each battle across the modern landscape and gain a fascinating insight into the nature of the fighting in the area – and the wider conflict across the Western Front – throughout the war. The book covers the key battles fought in the northern sector of the Arras front, including the 1917 Battle of Vimy Ridge and battles at Villers au Bois, Oppy Wood and Gavrelle.
Expert guides Jon Cooksey and Jerry Murland have devised a series of routes that can be walked, biked or driven, explaining the fighting that occurred at each place in vivid detail. They record what happened, where it happened and why, and point out the sights that remain for the visitor to see. Their guidebook is essential reading for visitors who wish to enhance their understanding of the war on the Western Front.
The volume of information in this book, for those who want to enjoy it by planning a trip to those places is enormous. The pocket format combined with the large amount of data, make it a mandatory purchase for those who want to know that sector of the front that was located north of the town of Arras.Old Barbed Wire Blog
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Each tour details where to go and what you will find along your route plus significant events that happened at these locations. Easy to follow and interesting to provide the context of what you see along the way. Though I didn't have this guide with me at the time, I have visited a number of the sites included in this guide, particularly the Vimy Ridge Memorial, the German Cemetery at Neuville-St-Vast and the centre of Arras city itself. There is so much to see even today, and with the extra information provided in this new guide, I shall certainly take this one with me next time we are visiting the area, as clearly there is a lot I missed.Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland
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As featured 'On The Book Shelf'Wargames Illustrated, March 2019
An excellent guide of the area which when read in conjunction with the many accounts of the actions that took place there sets the locations and geography for the visitor. It offers a few gems that I did not know about, so back to the Arras front for me for more research!Michael McCarthy
Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide.
Many guidebooks cover the Somme offensive in 1916, the five-month struggle that has come to be seen as one of the defining episodes in the history of the fighting on the Western Front during the First World War. But no previous guide has concentrated on the first day, 1 July 1916, when the British Army suffered around 60,000 casualties. That is why, on the centenary of that great battle, this new volume from Pen & Sword is so timely. In a series of tours that can be walked, biked or driven, expert authors Jon Cooksey and Jerry Murland take the visitor along the eighteen-mile front line that was…By Jon Cooksey, Jerry Murland
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