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The Battle of Arras lasted from 9th April to 16th May 1917, with a front that stretched from Bullecourt in the south to Vimy in the north. As with most of the action from 1915 onwards, the campaign was intended to break through German defences and put an end to the stalemate - and perhaps end the war in forty-eight hours.

Famous for the capture of Vimy Ridge by Canadian forces, the operation did make significant gains but ultimately failed to break through enemy lines. Our selection of titles gives a comprehensive overview of the events that took place during this stage of the war.








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Mud and Bodies

Neil Weir died in 1967, but it was not until 2009 that his grandson, Mike Burns, discovered his diary and letters among some packing trunks he had been left, and learnt that his grandfather had served as an officer in the 10th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders for much of the First World War. A captain and company commander at the tender… Read more...

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Mud and Bodies

Neil Weir died in 1967, but it was not until 2009 that his grandson, Mike Burns, discovered his diary and letters among some packing trunks he had been left, and learnt that his grandfather had served as an officer in the 10th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders for much of the First World War. A captain and company commander at the tender… Read more...