The Great War Centenary: Arras and Vimy Ridge

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Recommended reading: the Battle of Arras
Walking Arras Johnny Get Your Gun The Blood Tub Cheerful Sacrifice

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Recollections of the Great War Allied Railways of the Western Front – Narrow Gauge in the Arras Sector In Good Company Cambridgeshire Kitcheners

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The Confusion of Command Amateur Gunners The Bantams On The Trail Of Sassoon And Graves

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Save 30% off RRP: Despatch Rider on the Western Front

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Despatch Rider on the Western Front 1915-1918 – The Diary of Sergeant Albert Simpkin MM is a skilfully abridged version of the diary of a First World War motorcycle despatch rider, Sergeant Albert Simpkin, who was attached to the HQ 37th Division. The diary entries, and some longer descriptions of the main actions of the Division, provide a fascinating record of the life of a despatch rider on the Western Front; one day dodging shell holes and ammunition limbers to take his despatches to the front, the next observing the quaint but often courageous lives of the local populace. Throughout the diary are colourful and amusing anecdotes about his fellow soldiers, and critical comments on the strategies and tactics employed by the officers.

In April 1917, the Third Army, of which the 37th Division was a part, opened the Spring Offensive at Arras, taking the Vimy Ridge. The 37th Division’s main objective was Monchy le Preux, a village some 3 miles southeast of Arras. Despatch Rider on the Western Front contains a significant, first-hand account of the Battle of Arras from the perspective of the 37th Division, who were crucially involved in the battle.

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The Battle of Vimy Ridge – 100 years on
Vimy Ridge The Battle of Vimy Ridge -1917 Vimy Byng of Vimy

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Coming soon: The Arras Campaign

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British Expeditionary Force – The Arras Campaign by Andrew Rawson – an account of the British Expeditionary Force’s actions during the spring of 1917.

The Arras offensive on 9 April resulted in the capture of Vimy Ridge by the Canadians and the longest advance by British troops since trench warfare began. But attempts to replicate the success at places like Oppy, Roeux, Monchy and Bullecourt ended in bloody failure. Each large battle and minor action is given equal treatment, giving a detailed insight into the most talked about side of the campaign, the British side. There are details on the reasoning behind each battle, the objectives and the tactics. There is discussion about how the infantry, the artillery, the cavalry, the engineers and Royal Flying Corps worked together. We see how they used new techniques or made costly mistakes during the attacks. Over sixty new maps chart the day by day progress of each battle and action. Together the narrative and maps provide an insight into the British Army’s experience during this important campaign early in 1917. Where possible the men who made a difference are mentioned; those who led the attacks, those who faced the counter-attacks and those who were awarded the Victoria Cross.

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Spring 1917: from the German perspective
The German at Arras The German Army in the Spring Offensives 1917 Against the Tommies The German Army on Vimy Ridge 1914-1917

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Visiting the battlefields of Arras and beyond
Major & Mrs. Holt’s Concise Illustrated Battlefield Guide – The Western Front – North Oppy Wood Bullecourt

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Gavrelle Airfields & Airmen of Arras Monchy Le Preux

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A selection of this week’s new releases
Animals in the Great War Flying Scotsman Voices From the Past: Armistice 1918

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De Havilland Enterprises: A History The Experimental Units of Hitler’s Condor Legion First In, Last Out

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What Regency Women Did For Us Tracing Your Nonconformist Ancestors The Mau Mau Rebellion

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