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THE GERMAN ARMY ON VIMY RIDGE 1914 - 1917

by Jack Sheldon

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Another fine work by Jack Sheldon. 'Vimy Ridge' follows his usual format of giving an overall summary of a local portion of the battle including units and dispositions. He then introduces first-hand accounts from German troops of their experiences and views of the action. The vast majority of the first-hand accounts come from ordinary soldiers and NCOs; most officer accounts are from battalion level or below. Very few are from upper command. In this manner Sheldon keeps the perspective for the most part at the trench level.

I have also read his other works relating to the Somme, Cambrai and Ypres (what I call the "German Army" books). They are all fine reads. Am currently reading the book on Passchendaele. Jack Sheldon has written other books, too. Such as "The Germans at Beaumont Hamel" and "The Germans at Thiepval", among others. These are from the ''Battleground Europe' series. This group is a different style than the 'German Army' books. The Battleground Europe books include a large sections presenting information on touring the battlefields. If you are interested in that aspect, these books may be OK for you. I have no interest in that, so I returned those books unread. Does not make them poor, just not in my area of interest.

I recommend all five of his 'German Army" works to anyone interested in WWI in general or in the Imperial German Army on the Western Front. ( )
  douboy50 | Aug 9, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 184415680X, Hardcover)

The book starts with on the capture of Vimy Ridge and the nearly spur of Notre Dame de Lorette in October 1914.

The major battles of spring and autumn 1915 is described as is the twelve month period from late autumn 1915 when British forces occupied the lines on the western Ridge. The period from late autumn 1916 onwards when the Canadian Corps was preparing for the April 1917 assault on the ridge, is given detailed treatment, with special emphasis (based on original German intelligence and interrogation files) on how the defenders built up a detailed picture of Allied plans and how they intended to counter them.

The battle (9 - 14 April 1917) is described in detail and the conclusion summarizes the aftermath of the battle and its consequences for the way the German army prepared for the Third Battle of Ypres.

The book employs a similar format to The German Army on the Somme 1914 - 1916 and The German Army at Passchendaele; the greater part of the text is based on the words of the German participants themselves.Commentary and evidence from senior commanders is introduced as necessary; the aim once more being to produce a work of popular history, which nevertheless provides an important contribution to the overall historiography of the Great War.

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