Cambrai 1917: The Myth of the First Great Tank Battle

Cambrai 1917: The Myth of the First Great Tank Battle

by Bryn Hammond


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When the British dispatched 400 tanks against the Germans at the Battle of Cambrai in 1917, the result was a draw for the armies—but a win for the tank, following its first major role in combat. But the initial British successes were due to innovations in artillery, not tanks—and tanks didn’t keep the Germans from recapturing their losses. Bryn Hammond shows how generals and politicians seduced by the tank’s mythical abilities helped create a more mobile army in the following decades.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780297845539
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Limited
Publication date: 11/04/2008
Pages: 500
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Diagrams vii

Preface ix

1 Waiting for the great leap forwards 1

2 Armies and Weapons 20

3 The Clockwork Battle 51

4 'Simple tactical exercises...colossal binges' 80

5 Shock and awe 111

6 'Unravelling' 163

7 Going on 202

8 Hope Dies Hard 226

9 Dogs of War 246

10 'To certain hell accompanied by a snowstorm' 275

11 'An equal, but opposite, reaction' 325

12 'A Bad Dream' 384

13 'Scattered memories remain' 429

Glossary 445

Orders of Battle 447

Acknowledgements 456

Notes 460

Index 485

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