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Arras: The spring 1917 offensive in panoramas including Vimy Ridge and Bullecourt

Arras: The spring 1917 offensive in panoramas including Vimy Ridge and Bullecourt (Hardback)

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In spring 1917, Allied troops on the Western Front began the largest ever artillery barrage on German positions, using over 2.7 million shells. During the battle they succeeded in capturing the famous Vimy Ridge. But the ultimate cost of fighting was immense, with a daily casualty rate 40% greater than the Somme and almost double that of Passchendaele - making it hour for hour the most dangerous major campaign of the First World War.In this major new account of the conflict, Peter Barton showcases over 50 re-discovered British and German panoramic photographs of the battlegrounds, from the start of the first Battle of the Scarpe to the final push on Vimy Ridge. Taken at huge personal risk by specialist photographers, they reveal what no other photographs can - the view beyond the trench parapet - and a view not seen for over 90 years. Also included are unpublished testimony, letters and memoirs from the different serving regiments, sourced from archives across the UK, Canada, Germany and elsewhere; and stunning mapping, plans and diagrams throughout.In association with the Imperial War Museum.

History & PoliticsHistory: Chronological20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500History & PoliticsMilitary HistoryFirst World WarHistory & PoliticsMilitary StudiesWar & defence operationsBattles & campaignsHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean history Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group Publication Date: 20/10/2006 ISBN-13: 9781845294212  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Peter Barton is a historian, archaeologist and film-maker. He authored The Battlefields of the First World War after researching the forgotten Imperial War Museum panorama archive for eight years. His other books include The Somme, and Passchendaele. He continues to lead an ongoing project to recover, interpret and publish all surviving battlefield panoramas - widely regarded as the 'missing link' for our full understanding of the First World War. He has since uncovered several equivalent unseen collections of panoramas in German archives, included here.Barton has also led several major excavations on the Western Front, and produced the critically acclaimed documentary films The Underground War, The Soldiers' Pilgrimage and Conviction. He is co-secretary of the All Party Parliamentary War Graves and Battlefields Heritage Group.Praise for Peter Barton's previous books:'Astonishing ... made my heart sigh' Independent'An extraordinary set of panoramic photographs that reveal the battlefields of the Western Front as never before.' The Times'Hauntingly magnificent' Navy News'His works are widely regarded as milestones in the gaining of a balanced understanding of the First World War.' Soldier magazine

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