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Arras 1914-1918. A Comprehensive Guide to the Battlefield Part 1

Arras South

Author : Jim Smithson, Tim Wright

Arras 1914-1918. A Comprehensive Guide to the Battlefield Part 1 : Arras South


General - Pages : 282 | Images : 73 b/w photos, 41 b/w & 16 colour maps

Paperback - Date of Publication : November 2020 | Size : 234mm x 156mm | ISBN : 9781912174836 | Helion Book Code : HEL0876

The Battle of Arras (9 April-16 May 1917) is known as a forgotten battle. Because of this, it is not one of the most written about or visited First World War areas on the Western Front; in fact, it lacks general awareness levels when compared to the iconic battlefields of the Somme or Passchendaele. Nevertheless, the Arras sector has much of interest for both the seasoned and curious visitor alike, with many visual reminders of the war a century on. Arras 1914-1918A Comprehensive Guide to the Battlefields Part I is designed to both guide and educate the visitor around four years of conflict that Arras and its environs endured. Organised geographically by sector, all major engagements are chronicled and locations chosen to enable the visitor to gain a greater understanding of the fighting. Thus one can stand on Observation Ridge and, employing a description of the battle accompanied by detailed maps and photographs, gain a full understanding of  the 12th (Eastern) Division assault of 9 April 1917. A detailed modern map then allows the visitor to move on to and contextualize one of the many cemeteries in the area. This is not a guide that tells one where to go or outlines prescribed routes but, by means of clearly marked key locations, allows the visitor to plan itineraries according to time, interest or inclination. Each location is provided with accompanying photographs and a clear description of what is to be seen and what happened at key moments during the fighting. Travel advice with regard to location accessibility (car, bicycle or foot) is also provided. Lavishly illustrated with maps and photographs, Arras 1914-1918 covers the area south of the River Scarpe including the British and Dominion attacks of April-May 1917, the German offensive of March 1918 and the opening of the great Anglo-Canadian offensive which culminated in the end of the war.

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