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The Battle of Vimy Ridge -1917 (Paperback)

WWI Arras Battlefield Guidebooks WWI Battlefield Guides 1917

By Nigel Cave, Jack Sheldon
Imprint: Battleground
Series: Battleground Books: WWI
Pages: 236
ISBN: 9781844155521
Published: 22nd March 2007
Last Released: 13th December 2010

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In a new departure in the Battleground Europe series, this book is a guide to both sides of a major battle – in this case to the Canadian Corps operations against 1st Bavarian Reserve Corps at Vimy from 9 – 12 April 1917, which formed part of the opening of the British offensive, known as the Battle of Arras.

Historically, the capture of Vimy Ridge was an event far more significant than its undoubted military importance alone. Here for the first time all four divisions of the Canadian Corps were deployed in line together in one offensive; and although the Corps went to fight even greater battles, Vimy marked a key point in the emergence of Canada as a fully sovereign nation. Although the Canadian side of the story has been well chronicled by a number of writers, until now there has been little concerning the defence during this great battle.

Now, the accounts of the German soldiers and their commanders are combined with those of the Canadians and British deployed on the other side of No Man's Land – and not simply those who fought above ground, but tunnellers also.

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About Nigel Cave

Nigel Cave is the editor of the WW1 books in the Battleground Europe series.

He is a member of the Durand Group and has been involved in its underground investigations from its origins. He also has worked for some years with Veterans Affairs Canada.


 Jack Sheldon

About Jack Sheldon

Jack Sheldon is now firmly established as the leading authority on the German Army in the First World War. A retired soldier he lives in France and is fully engaged researching and writing. His German Army on the Somme was a run-away success and he has built on his reputation with The German Army at Passchendaele and The German Army on Vimy Ridge.

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