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Description - The German Army in the Spring Offensives 1917 by Jack Sheldon

After the great battles of 1916, the Allied Armies planned to launch massive attacks North and South of the Somme. The German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line in March 1917 forced the new French CinC General Nivelle to rethink and the French embarked on a major attack in the Aisne area and along the Chemin des Dames, with the British conducting large scale diversionary operations around Arras. The French suffered disastrously and, rendered incapable of further offensive operations, it fell to the British to step up the pressure, which they did albeit at a terrible price. This latest work by expert Jack Sheldon describes the event of Spring 1917 from the defenders' perspective. In particular it reveals the methods the Germans used to smash the French attacks and Oberst Fritz von Lossberg's transformation of the defences in the Arras front. Actions described in detail are the bitter battles around Monchy Le Preun, the Roeux Chemical works and Bullecourt as well as the capture of Vimy Ridge. AUTHOR: Educated at Inverness Royal Academy, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the Universities of Lancaster and Westminster, Jack Sheldon completed a thirty-five year career as a member of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment. In 1982 he graduated from the German General Staff course at the Fuhrungsakademie, Hamburg and went on to fill international staff appointments and to command an infantry training battalion. His final post before retirement in 2003 was as Military Attache Berlin. He now lives in France and has rapidly established himself as an expert in German First World War history. He was an honorary researcher for the Thiepval Visitor Centre Project, is a member of the British Commission for Military History and is the author of the highly acclaimed 'The German Army on the Somme 1914 1916', 'The German Army at Passchendaele' and a number of Battleground Europe titles. 16 pages of b/w illustrations

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781783463459
ISBN-10: 1783463457
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 0mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2015
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jack Sheldon

Jack Sheldon, the former British Army Defence Attache in Bonn, has established himself as the foremost expert on Great War German Army operations with his celebrated series of books, all published by Pen and Sword. He lives in France

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