THE GERMAN ARMY ON VIMY RIDGE 1914 - 1917 by Jack Sheldon

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The book starts with on the capture of Vimy Ridge and the nearly spur of Notre Dame de Lorette in October 1914.

The major battles of spring and autumn 1915 is described as is the twelve month period from late autumn 1915 when British forces occupied the lines on the western Ridge. The period from late autumn 1916 onwards when the Canadian Corps was preparing for the April 1917 assault on the ridge, is given detailed treatment, with special emphasis (based on original German intelligence and interrogation files) on how the defenders built up a detailed picture of Allied plans and how they intended to counter them.

The battle (9 - 14 April 1917) is described in detail and the conclusion summarizes the aftermath of the battle and its consequences for the way the German army prepared for the Third Battle of Ypres.

The book employs a similar format to The German Army on the Somme 1914 - 1916 and The German Army at Passchendaele; the greater part of the text is based on the words of the German participants themselves.

Commentary and evidence from senior commanders is introduced as necessary; the aim once more being to produce a work of popular history, which nevertheless provides an important contribution to the overall historiography of the Great War.

 

About Jack Sheldon

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Jack Sheldon retired from the British Army in 2003 after a thirty-five year career as a member of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment. He is a graduate of the German Command and Staff College in Hamburg and he held numerous international appointments including that of Military Attache Berlin.For the past seven years he has been living in the Dauphine Alps of Southeast France, researching and writing his acclaimed series of books concerning the German Army on the Western Front 1914-1918. The German Army at Ypres 1914 is the fifth volume, following The German Army on the Somme 1914-1916. The German Army at Passchendaele, The German Army at Vimy Ridge 1914-1917 and The German Army at Cambrai (all published by Pen and Sword Military). These have already become the standard works on the subject for both the specialist and the general reader.He is a member of the British Commission for Military History and the Western Front Association and is in demand for his expertise on all aspects of the German military during the First World War.
 
Published September 19, 2008 by Pen & Sword. 384 pages
Genres: History, War, Travel. Non-fiction

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