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Description - Vimy Ridge, 1917 by I.A.J. Turner

In early 1917 Vimy Ridge, one of the most important features on the Western Front, was considered impregnable. However, in a spectacular victory, the four Divisions of the Canadian Army Corps, under Lieutenant-General Sir Julian Byng, took almost the entire ridge in a day. This book examines every aspect of the secret to their success: preparation. The author shows how effective observation, accurate shelling, and new infantry tactics all prepared the ground for Byng's victory. When the attack opened at 5.30am on April 9 the Canadians easily overwhelmed the forward fire trenches, secured most of the ridge within the day, and all their planned objectives within four days.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781841768717
ISBN-10: 1841768715
Format: Paperback
(248mm x 184mm x mm)
Pages: 96
Imprint: Osprey Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 5-May-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - I.A.J. Turner

I A J Tumer is a serving officer in the Irish Guards. He has a BA in War Studies from King's College, London, is a keen student of military history, and has led a battalion battlefield tour to Vimy Ridge. Peter Dennis was born in 1950 and, having been inspired by contemporary magazines such as "Look and Learn', studied illustration at Liverpool Art College. He has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects. He is a keen wargamer and modelmaker.