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5.0 out of 5 stars First class work again by Sheldon., 15 April 2008
This review is from: The German Army on Vimy Ridge 1914-1917 (Hardcover)
As with his previous books tracing the activity of the German Army on the Somme and at Passchendaele, this third volume from Jack Sheldon on the battles of Vimy Ridge is an invaluable reference. The number and variety of primary German sources is of great value to anybody researching the battlefield, and it adds further value by examining all of the battles, not just the Canadian assault of April 1917.
Sheldon has used his sources to reposition some of the perceptions that have conditioned some opinions about Vimy Ridge as an `impregnable fortress'. The ground was undoubtedly difficult for the Canadians to take but it equally posed problems for the Germans to defend in depth. The chapter on the mining under the ridge is excellent.
As well as the war diary reports and the extracts from soldier's letters and reminiscences there are some remarkable new items of research. The story of George McDonald aka Otto Dorr is excellent and is alone well worth the cover price. Another valuable contribution from Jack Sheldon that reinforces his reputation as the voice of the `Landser'.
Mike McCarthy
Editor 'The Battle Guide'
Guild of Battlefield Guides
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