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Title: Battle of Cambrai 1917

Description: The muddy terrain with flooded shell holes that marked the landscape at Saint-Quentin Canal during the Battle of Cambrai (November 20, 1917 -December 4, 1917); the battle was launched by British Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig (1st Earl Haig; June 19, 1861-January 29, 1928), who, along with most Allied commanders, believed that one last offensive be made on the Western Front before a Russian-German armistice was reached and would result in the releasing of several million seasoned German troops on the Eastern Front for use against the Allied forces in Northern France; to that end, without announcing the attack with any kind of bombardments, Haig sent the British Third Army under the command of General (later field marshal) Sir Julian Byng (1st Viscount Byng of Vimy; Julian Hedworth George Byng; September 11, 1862-June 6, 1935) against the German defensive positions southwest of Cambrai, spearheading the assault with 324 British tanks, the first massed tank attack in history, and which proved immediately successful in that the tanks punched a six-mile wide hole through the German lines and through which British infantry poured through to gain three miles of territory from the Second German Army commanded by General Georg von der Marwitz (Johannes Georg von der Marwitz; July 7, 1856-October 27, 1929); the attack was stalled by nightfall due to mechanical failures of many of the tanks along the Saint-Quentin Canal and by stiffening German resistance that held the Hindenburg Line intact; German General Erich Ludendorff (Erich Friedrich Wilhelm Ludendorff; April 9, 1865-December 20, 1937) then massed huge German reserves on either side of the British penetration that, on November 30, counterattacked, forcing the British back, compelling Haig to order a retreat on December 4, 1917, ending the offensive, which resulted in no appreciable overall gain by the Allies, who suffered 43,000 casualties of which 6,000 were taken prisoner; German losses consisted of 41,000 casualties with 11,000 taken prisoner;

Category: World War I

Keywords: assaults, attacks, Battle of Cambrai (November 20, 1917-December 4, 1917), battle terrain, battlefields, battlegrounds, counterattacks, First World War, The Great War, landscaped of war, No-Man's-Land, No Man's Land, War to End All Wars, World War I, WWI.

Orientation: Landscape

Dimensions: 3300 x 2403 (7.93 MPixels) (1.37)

Print Size: 27.9 x 20.3 cm; 11.0 x 8.0 inches

File Size: 22.71 MB (23,809,150 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000048255

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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