Mint condition. London: Imperial War Museum. 432 pages, 24 maps, 5 1/2" by 81/2" hardcover format. Reprint of the 1949 original edition. A volume in the British official history set for ground operations in World War I. This volume covers the battle for Cambrai. New in publisher's plastic wrap.
Very good + xvi, 399, , plus a section of maps and a map in rear pocket. Front endpaper map. Frontis illustration. Footnotes. Preface by Brigadier-General Sir James E. Edmonds, The History of the Great War Based on Official Documents by Direction of the Committee of Imperial Defence is a series of 109 volumes, covering the British war effort during the First World War. It was produced by the Historical Section of the Committee of Imperial Defence, from 1915 to 1949 and from 1919 was Directed by Brigadier-General Sir James Edmonds, who wrote many of the army volumes and influenced the choice of historians for the navy, air force, medical and veterinary volumes. The first "army" publication, Military Operations: France and Belgium 1914 part I and a separate map case were published in 1922 and the final volume, The Occupation of Constantinople was published in 2010. The History of the Great War Military Operations volumes, were originally intended as a technical history for military staff. Single-volume popular histories of military operations and naval operations written by civilian writers, were to be produced for the general public. The Battle of Cambrai (called the Battle of Cambrai, 1917 by the Battlefield Nomenclature Committee; also sometimes referred to as the First Battle of Cambrai) was a British offensive and German counter-offensive battle in the First World War. Cambrai, in the Nor ddepartment (Nord-Pas-de-Calais), was an important supply point for the German Siegfried Stellung (known to the British as the Hindenburg Line) and capture of the town and the nearby Bourlon Ridge would threaten the rear of the German line to the north. Major General Henry Tudor, Commander, Royal Artillery (CRA) of the 9th (Scottish) Division, suggested trying out new artillery-infantry techniques on his sector of the front. During preparations, J.F.C. Fuller, a staff officer with the Tank Corps, was in the process of looking for a place to use tanks as raiding parties. General Julian Byng, commander of the British Third Army, decided to combine both plans into the attack. Despite British success on the first day, mechanical unreliability, German artillery and infantry defences exposed the frailties of the Mark IV tank. On the second day, only about half of the original number of tanks were available. Subsequent British progress was limited. In the History of the Great War the British official historian W. Miles and modern scholars do not place exclusive credit for the first day on tanks but discuss the concurrent evolution of artillery, infantry and tank methods. Numerous developments since 1915 matured at Cambrai, such as predicted artillery fire, sound ranging, infantry infiltration tactics, infantry-tank co-ordination and close air support. The techniques of industrial warfare continued to develop and played a vital part during the Hundred Days Offensive in 1918, along with replacement of the Mark IV tank with improved types. The rapid reinforcement and defence of Bourlon Ridge by the Germans, as well as the subsequent counter-attack were also notable achievements, which gave hope that an offensive strategy could end the war before American mobilisation became overwhelming.
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