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Riqueval (Paperback)

Military > Battlefield Guidebooks WWI > Battles & Campaigns > Cambrai

By K W Mitchinson
Imprint: Pen & Sword Battleground
Series: Battleground: WWI
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9780850526226
Published: 12th January 1998
Last Released: 1st August 2007

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The bridge over the St Quentin Canal at Riqueval is one of the most readily recognised images of the Great War, witnessing many ferocious engagements in the period between the retreat to the Hindenburg Line in 1917 and the final assault against the canal's defences in September 1918.

The Tour of Riqueval, takes the reader via sites such as the canal, bridge, and Australian Division Memorial. Continuously, useful pieces of advice are given such as keeping away from areas that is used to grow arable crops, or where cemeteries are, and areas that were formerly German machine gun posts, and German concrete blockhouses... The stories connected to Victoria Crosses also make fascinating read. Just one included is that of Sergeant William Henry Johnson of the Sherwood Foresters. He was awarded the VC for single-handedly rushing machine gun posts and taking out their gun crews near the Beaurevoir Line.
Overall, this is another excellent book in the series and worthy of any collection for the enthusiast of the battlefields of the Western Front.

Jon Sandison, Freelance

About K W Mitchinson

K.W. Mitchinson was born at Alton in 1951. Raised in Crawley New Town, he was educated in the comprehensive system and at Leeds University where he read History. Having taken a Masters Degree he moved to Lancashire in 1975. He is employed as a teacher by a local Education Authority. A regular walker and cyclist of the Western Front for nearly thirty years, he has published several books on social and military aspects of the Great War.

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