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By Alexander Turner

This important new learn of 1 of the seminal occasions in army background dispells a few of the myths surrounding Cambrai 1917 of worldwide battle I (1914-1918). universal belief classifies it because the "world's first tank conflict" yet Alexander Turner indicates us that the genuine significance of Cambrai used to be that it observed the 1st use of armor as an operational surprise tactic. With the pre-eminence of armor, the behavior of warfare used to be irrevocably replaced. The conflict additionally heralded the mixed use of plane, armor, and artillery, marking the start of recent combined-arms ideas. Written via an army historian and serving soldier, it is a attention-grabbing research of a conflict which was once a stalemate, but spawned a bunch of war-winning strategies.

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Only the rear area, some five miles beyond the line, was not subject to restrictions. This procedure was aided by a period of dull, misty weather. '? The British had given no indication of an imminent offensive. All normal air and ground patrolling activity was maintained. Desultory shelling of German forward positions whistled over as usual, violating the damp tranquillity with a crump. 34 7 Die Tankschlacht bei Cambrai 1917, Reichsarchiv. THE BATTLE OF CAMBRAI FINAL ASSEMBLY 11 the imagination and subterfuge of the preceding weeks was nearly undone by an entirely coincidental German decision to raid the front held by 36th Division on the night of 18 November.

The satchel is for scale. Even after some hasty improvement with the help of locals, it took B Squadron Fort Garry Horse half an hour to get its 150 mounts over. (Author's collection) to commanders on the ground that they had neither the forces nor daylight to breach Siegfried II that day. All cavalry were ordered to remain on the home bank. This message could not reach B Squadron, who had made off in the direction of Rumilly with gallant alacrity. Their commander, Captain Campbell, was killed and it fell to Lieutenant Strachan to continue.

Even if Bradford had been able to exploit further, 62nd Division's commander, Major-General Braithwaite, was concerned about Flesquieres and ordered him to consolidate while they prepared a flanking attack. Moreover, to his left, 36th Division's subsidiary attack with 109th Brigade on the west of Canal du Nord had culminated at a similar extent. SCRAMBLE FOR CANAL CROSSINGS Down in III Corps, 29th Division had resumed the attack towards the St Quentin Canal, leaving forward assembly areas at approximately 1015hrs.

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