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The Cambrai Campaign 1917 (Hardback)

WWI Tanks Cambrai 1917 Great War Tanks

By Andrew Rawson
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 189
ISBN: 9781526714374
Published: 22nd November 2017

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The Cambrai Campaign 1917 is an account of the British Expeditionary Force’s battles in November and December of 1917. It starts with the plan to carry out a tank raid on the Hindenburg Line at Cambrai. The raid grew into a full scale attack and Third Army would rely on a different style of attack. The preliminary bombardment would be done away with and the troops would assemble in secret.

Predicted fire had reached such a level of accuracy that 1,000 guns could hit targets without registration. Meanwhile, over 375 tanks would lead the infantry through the Hindenburg Line, ripping holes in the wire and suppressing the enemy. The study of the German counter-attack ten days later, illustrates the different tactics they used and the British experience on the defensive.

Each stage of the battle is given equal treatment, with detailed insights into the most talked about side of the campaign, the British side. It explains how far the Tank Corps had come in changing the face of trench warfare. Over forty new maps chart the day by day progress of each corps on each day.

Together the narrative and the maps provide an insight into the British Army’s experience during this important campaign. The men who made a difference are mentioned; those who led the advances, those who stopped the counter-attacks and those who were awarded the Victoria Cross.

Discover the Cambrai campaign and learn how the British Army’s brave soldiers fought and died fighting to achieve their objectives.

Editor's Choice

The author has done a first-rate job in telling the story of the men who made a difference; those who led the advances, those who stopped the counter-attacks and those who were awarded the VCs.

Excellent history. 10/10

The Great War magazine, March 2018

The text is accompanied by striking photographs of the battle, including some unforgettable images of tanks.

After the German counter-attack on 30th November, the author reminds us that the Cambrai offensive was just another phase in the BEF's learning curve. Ominously, we are also told that this counter-attack was the first time that the BEF has been on the defensive on such a large scale since the spring of 1915, when the Germans used gas against the Ypres Salient.

Jon Sandison, Freelance

Each stage of the battle is given equal coverage, with detailed insights.

Stuart Asquith, freelancer and author
 Andrew Rawson

About Andrew Rawson

Andrew Rawson is a freelance writer who has written over twenty-five military history books. He has written eight books for Pen & Sword’s ‘Battleground Europe’ series and three reference books for The History Press ‘Handbook’ series. He has edited Eyes Only: The Top Secret Correspondence between Marshall and Eisenhower and Organizing Victory: The War Conferences 1941–1945. He has also written a campaign volume of the British Army’s battles in 1914, 1915 and 1916. He has a master’s degree with Birmingham University’s history department. Andrew lives in Mallorca, Spain.

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