Vimy Ridge and Arras

Vimy Ridge and Arras

The Spring 1917 Offensive in Panoramas

Book - 2010
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In spring 1917, Allied troops on the Western Front began the largest ever artillery barrage on German positions, using over 2.7 million shells. During the battle they succeeded in capturing the famous Vimy Ridge. But the ultimate cost of fighting was immense - with a daily casualty rate 40% greater than the Somme and almost double that of Passchendaele - making it hour for hour the most dangerous campaign of the First World War. In this major new account of the conflict, Peter Barton showcases over 50 re-discovered British and German panoramic photographs of the battlegrounds, from the start of the first Battle of the Scarpe to the final push on Vimy Ridge. Taken at huge personal risk by specialist photographers, they reveal what no other photographs can and a view not seen in over 90 years. Also included are unpublished testimony, letters, and memoirs from the different serving regiments, sourced from archives across the UK, Canada, Germany and elsewhere; and stunning mapping, plans, and diagrams throughout.
Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn Press, 2010
ISBN: 9781554887446
1554887445
Branch Call Number: 940.431 BAR

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