A WOOD CALLED BOURLON: THE COVER-UP AFTER CAMBRAI, 1917.

Moore, William.


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1st ed., 1988. Xi + 270 pp., 25 photo-plates + maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Spine of d.j., slightly faded o/w Nr.FINE. Within ten days after the great victory in the famous tank battle at Cambrai in 1917, disaster struck. All the advantages gained were thrown away; thousands of British troops were captured and hundreds of guns were lost. Based on much previously unpublished material, the author asks why Field-Marshal Haig and General Byng were both obsessed with capturing Bourlon Ridge on which stood the sinister Bourlon Wood? A Highland Division, a Welsh Brigade, a Yorkshire Division (twice), the Guards, Ulstermen, Lancashiremen, Londoners and Midlanders ' all were drawn into the maelstrom in an attempt to consolidate the Cambrai victory. They failed at a high price.


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