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SHOCK ARMY OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE: The Canadian Corps in the Last 100 Days…

by Shane B. Schreiber

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The Canadian Corps of 1917-1918 was a superb military formation. It was large and powerful for a corps-sized formation; it was tested and well led at every level, not least at the platoon and company level; it was filled with fit, motivated soldiers, even as the conscripts began to arrive in 1918; and it had a high opinion of itself and its power. Lieutenant-Colonel Schreiber does a remarkable job of telling the story of the Corps during the last three months of the war. During a series of hard-fought and successful battles, the four divisions of the Corps met and defeated elements of variously 47 or 68 German divisions, comparable to the ten-times larger American Expeditionary Force. The book narrates this story using a clever musical theme - the parts of a classical symphony, but which sadly is never developed. The book also is heavy on analysis of the tactical methods of German and Canadian, and the interplay between the two. The book originated as a university thesis, and this is sometimes apparent in its occasionally technical and occasionally florid writing. It perhaps could have used more and better editing. That said, it is concise, fast-paced, and a good read. I recommend it highly. ( )
  RobertP | Jul 14, 2009 |
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This book is an operational history of the Canadian Corps in the battles of the final 100 days of World War I, beginning with the battle of Amiens, August 8, 1918, and culminating in the retaking of Mons on November 11, 1918, only hours before the war ended. During the late summer and autumn of 1918, the Canadian Corps, under Lt. Gen. Sir Arthur Currie, played a crucial role in the defeat of the German Army on the Western Front. This work examines the operational, organizational, and tactical innovations developed by the Corps during this campaign and their subsequent effect on military thought. Six battles are examined for their planning, conduct, and lessons: the Battle of Amiens, the breaking of the Drocourt-Queant line, the Canal du Nord and Cambrai, the pursuit to Valenciennes, the storming of Mount Huoy, and the return to Mons.

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