Arras: The spring 1917 offensive in panoramas including Vimy Ridge and Bullecourt Hardcover – 24 Jun 2010
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Barton and Banning have put together the story of this critical battle in a magnificantly moving fashion. (Good Book Guide)
Unseen panoramas of the most dangerous battle of the First World War.See all Product Description
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I was not disappointed. This volume fills a gap in one of the truly horrific battles of the Great War. There were very few previous volumes written about the spring 1917 campaign and this fine work has completely redressed this situation. Although some previous works have been written about Vimy Ridge and the tremendous triumph of the Canadian Corps, or from the Australian perspective of the brutal battles of Bullecourt, the only previous work to discuss the entire campaign as a whole was Jonathan Phillips "Cheerful Sacrifice" Although his work was well done, Mr. Barton's and Mr. Banning's work IS the definitive general history of this campaign. Although little heard of, certainly outside of England, this 40 day battle produced casualty figures 25 percent higher then that on the Somme and nearly double those of Passchendaele on a day to day basis. The battles here are covered in detail, the triumph initially at Vimy, the indecision and inaction which followed, the blunders of leadership and lost opportunities, the degeneration into bloody stalemate, the few meager gains, stiffening German resistance, and the daunting Hindenburg Line.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book has an impressive cover, lots of fascinating photos and well researched text.Published 4 months ago by Donald
this is a weighty book with good writing. The bit I am not so keen on, whilst the panorama pictures are very good, trying to get the fold out ones back in neatly can be difficultPublished 5 months ago by jb
There is too much emphasis on wide views of the battles and not enough on the individual battles.Published 9 months ago by Julia Taylor
A labour of love by the author clearly, but what a book. The photos are large, the detail good, and the four page spreads wonderful. Read morePublished 20 months ago by M. Fairman
Good condition and delivery fine. My father-in-law was wounded at the battle and this provided an excellent addition to my research into the two battles in 1917.Published on 21 Sept. 2013 by Peter C
This is a truly amazing collection of panoramic pictures taken of a pivotal battle of the WW1. I already have Peter Barton's books covering The Somme and Passchendaele, which are... Read morePublished on 21 Aug. 2013 by woody