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Arras, covered as never before.,
This review is from: Arras: The spring 1917 offensive in panoramas including Vimy Ridge and Bullecourt (Hardcover)
I very rarely feel the urge to write reviews for the books I read, I normally leave it for others to articulate their views, but however this new work by Peter Barton and Jeremy Banning is so good that I just couldn't resist making my opinions known.
Quite simply, this book is by far the finest study of the Battle of Arras to-date. The intensive research and preparation required to produce such an in-depth volume shines through in the sheer quality of the text, the outstanding maps and stunning images used, a great deal of which I have never seen before.
Unlike other books on the subject, this book also covers the early engagements between the French and Germans in 1914/15, before moving on to the British involvement when they took over responsibility for the sector. Included are the preparations for the offensive before chapters covering each stage of the battle itself, starting on the 9/4/17 up to mid May when the offensive was effectively closed down.
As with the authors previous works, this book is very difficult down and will be an indispensable guide for anyone interested in this battle.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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Initial post: 26 Dec 2013 23:11:23 GMT
D. Spencer says:
Thanks for mentioning the 14/15 engagements; I presume this includes Notre Dame de Lorette, Neuville St Vaast, Souchez etc?
Very difficult to find anything in English about that period (like the Vosges), so that'll sell the book to me.
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