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By Alexander Turner

This significant new learn of 1 of the seminal occasions in army background dispells some of the myths surrounding Cambrai 1917. universal conception classifies it because the "world's first tank conflict" yet Alexander Turner indicates us that the genuine value of Cambrai was once that it observed the 1st use of armor as an operational surprise tactic. With the pre-eminence of armor, the behavior of warfare was once irrevocably replaced. The conflict additionally heralded the mixed use of plane, armor, and artillery, marking the beginning of recent combined-arms innovations. Written by means of an army historian and serving soldier, it is a attention-grabbing research of a conflict which was once a stalemate, but spawned a number of war-winning strategies.

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Ammunition logistics was also facilitated because daily expenditures in the weeks before Operation GYwere normal. 6 However, without the usual gradual intensification of 6 An absence of harassing fire would have aroused nearly as much suspicion as concerted bombardment. 29 ยท30 effort, all the tasks associated with a preparatory bombardment (less wire crushing) would have to be achieved in a matter of hours rather than days and weeks. The situation was exacerbated by the fact that assaulting divisions expected to advance beyond the range of field artillery within hours of the offensive.

Similar demands were placed on the individual during the second phase of 60th Brigade's attack. A Company of 12th/The Rifle Brigade (confusingly named for an infantry regiment) faltered during their attack on a section of the support line. As per the drill, tank A2 from their accompanying section turned to 41 This photograph of the main street in Ribecourt was taken soon after capture - so soon in fact that German machine-gun fire damaged the camera within moments of this shot! (IWM Q 6272) By 1800hrs on 20 November, Third Army had collected 4,211 German prisoners of war.

They had I Tank Brigade and 1st Cavalry Division in support. The 51st (Highland) Division sought to capture Flesquieres Ridge and press east towards the spur above Cantaing as its Red Line objective, with D and E Battalions of the Tank Corps attached. 5 The Yorkshiremen of 62nd (West Riding) Division and G Battalion Tank Corps had the unenviable task of clearing Bourlon and Bourlon Wood via the village of Anneux on the Bapaume-Cambrai road. Meanwhile, 36th (Ulster) Division was to protect the flanks by attacking north up the Canal du Nord towards Moeuvres.

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