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The German Army in the Spring Offensives 1917 (Hardback)

Arras, Aisne and Champagne

WWI Arras Aisne German Forces & Weaponry

By Jack Sheldon
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781783463459
Published: 28th September 2015

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After the great battles of 1916, the Allied Armies planned to launch massive attacks North and South of the Somme. The German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line in March 1917 forced the new French CinC General Nivelle to rethink and the French embarked on a major attack in the Aisne area and along the Chemin des Dames, with the British conducting large scale diversionary operations around Arras.

The French suffered disastrously and, rendered incapable of further offensive operations, it fell to the British to step up the pressure, which they did albeit at a terrible price.

This latest work by expert Jack Sheldon describes the event of Spring 1917 from the defenders' perspective. In particular it reveals the methods the Germans used to smash the French attacks and Oberst Fritz von Lossberg's transformation of the defences in the Arras front. Actions described in detail are the bitter battles around Monchy Le Preun, the Roeux Chemical works and Bullecourt as well as the capture of Vimy Ridge.

This volume of Jack Sheldon's highly detailed series of books on the German Army in the Great War follows his usual effective model - employing the clear writing and knowledge learned from dogged, detailed research which he has effectively deployed in each of the previous six volumes on the German Army on the Western Front.

It would be impossible to offer other than the highest recommendation for this book.

Stand To! Western Front Assc No.108

In a sense, Jack Sheldon takes no prisoners, for after the briefest of introductions we are right down in the dugouts, trenches and shell holes of Vimy Ridge and are reading of (for many readers, I am sure) unfamiliar units and names. And to a great extent there he stays, providing us with a detailed and vivid account of the battles on three deadly fronts.The research is breathtaking, the assembly of the story is masterful. The narrative is not easy to follow and I found myself tracking back and re-reading in places, but that is due to the fine detail with which we are provided, rather than any flaw in the writing.

Another terrific work, well worth reading and one that will remain on my shelf as a reference.

The Long, Long Trail

This publication is an incredibly moving and powerful account of the military actions in the theatres of Arras, Aisne, and Champagne during the bloody Spring Offensives of 1917.

Pennant
 Jack Sheldon

About Jack Sheldon

Educated at Inverness Royal Academy, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the Universities of Lancaster and Westminster, Jack Sheldon completed a thirty-five year career as a member of the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment.

In 1982 he graduated from the German General Staff course at the Führungsakademie, Hamburg and went on to fill international staff appointments and to command an infantry training battalion. His final post before retirement in 2003 was as Military Attaché Berlin.

He now lives in France and has rapidly established himself as an expert in German First World War history. He was an honorary researcher for the Thiepval Visitor Centre Project, is a member of the British Commission for Military History and is the author of the highly acclaimed The German Army on the Somme 1914 – 1916, The German Army at Passchendaele and a number of Battleground Europe titles.

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