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Battle Story: Cambrai 1917

However, cavalry exploitation was slow to develop, and although more gains were made in the next nine days, German reserves halted the attack. Then, on November 30, a German blitzkrieg counterattack recaptured much of the ground lost. The surprise storm troop tactics used here anticipated the methods of the German spring offensives see Ludendorff, Erich and Ludendorff Offensive.


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However, the original tank and artillery combined attack at Cambrai had forever altered the modern battlefield. Edited by Robert Cowley and Geoffrey Parker. All rights reserved.

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But if you see something that doesn't look right, click here to contact us! Subscribe for fascinating stories connecting the past to the present. Fought between July 1 and November 1, , near the Somme River in France, it was also one of the bloodiest military battles in history. On the first day alone, Following the Second Battle of the Marne, the Allies launched an attack in August with a force of 75, men, more than tanks and nearly 2, planes.

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Supported by a barrage of poison gas shells, the Germans advanced more than five kilometres in two hours and, at one point, threatened to envelop several British divisions which had become isolated in a minor salient. Ludendorff put into practice new methods of fighting which consisted of infiltrating the enemy's lines with small groups of highly-skilled and heavily-armed soldiers. Developed by the field commander Oskar von Hutier, these new infiltration tactics had already been successful on the Italian front. By the time the fighting had come to a close, on 4 December, the initial and unexpected success of the British Army had deteriorated into a total failure.

All the terrain which had been won in the initial stages of the offensive had to be abandoned and the losses, although similar for both sides, were high.

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The British casualties amounted to 44, killed, wounded and lost in action including 6, prisoners and the Germans 45, including 10, prisoners. Discover a network of more than tourism professionals with special knowledge of the Remembrance Trails. And plan your stay, find accommodation, discover a restaurant History Accessibility. Related sites.

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