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The Resource A taste of success : the first Battle of the Scarpe April 9-14 1917 : the opening phase of the Battle of Arras, 9-14 April 1917, Jim Smithson

A taste of success : the first Battle of the Scarpe April 9-14 1917 : the opening phase of the Battle of Arras, 9-14 April 1917, Jim Smithson

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A taste of success : the first Battle of the Scarpe April 9-14 1917 : the opening phase of the Battle of Arras, 9-14 April 1917
Title
A taste of success
Title remainder
the first Battle of the Scarpe April 9-14 1917 : the opening phase of the Battle of Arras, 9-14 April 1917
Statement of responsibility
Jim Smithson
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Wedged between the Battles of the Somme and Passchendaele, the Battle of Arras has often been termed 'The Forgotten Battle' with little in the way of supporting literature. A Taste of Success is aimed at filling that void -giving the reader an insight into a battle that clearly showed the development of the British and Commonwealth Armies over the early years of the First World War, and how far they still had to go to achieve victory. Why Arras became a focal point and the political background is covered in depth - being controversial and giving the reader an insight into the divide between the military and their political chiefs. A Taste of Success shows us how infantry tactics had improved and how the use of artillery had become a fine art in supporting the men as they attacked; how a preliminary artillery bombardment left the German defenders shattered, but also created the conditions that would hinder any kind of rapid movement once the first lines were broken. The key role of the Royal Flying Corps, how tanks were used and the vital role of support units such as the Royal Engineers are all examined in detail. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that the initial success - based upon excellent planning and training - was followed by a chaotic confusion of command and control. It soon becomes evident that the development of the British Army in April 1917 had reached a point where in the Battle of Arras, they could stage a successful assault - applying perfect planning, but lacking the forethought to plan and carry out the follow-up phases. Controversially, although the performance of the soldiers carrying the fight is never questioned, that of many of their commanders is - it being clear that they were not yet ready to win the war."--Publisher description
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YDX
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Smithson, Jim,
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Arras, Battle of (France : 1917)
  • Arras, Battle of, Arras, France, 1917
  • France
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A taste of success : the first Battle of the Scarpe April 9-14 1917 : the opening phase of the Battle of Arras, 9-14 April 1917, Jim Smithson
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 300-303) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
980708989
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xviii, 309 pages, 16 numbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781911096405
Lccn
2017446827
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Colby: Original full color hardcover with black spine lettering and archival Mylar cover
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)980708989
Label
A taste of success : the first Battle of the Scarpe April 9-14 1917 : the opening phase of the Battle of Arras, 9-14 April 1917, Jim Smithson
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 300-303) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
980708989
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xviii, 309 pages, 16 numbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781911096405
Lccn
2017446827
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Colby: Original full color hardcover with black spine lettering and archival Mylar cover
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)980708989

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