Walking Arras marks the final volume in a trilogy of walking books about the British sector of the Western Front.
Author: Paul Reed
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
Walking Arras marks the final volume in a trilogy of walking books about the British sector of the Western Front. Paul Reed once more takes us over paths trodden by men who were asked to make a huge and, for all too many, the ultimate sacrifice. The Battle of Arras falls between the Somme and Third Ypres; it marked the first British attempt to storm the Hindenburg Line defenses, and the first use of lessons learned from the events of 1916. But it remains a forgotten part of the Western Front. It also remains one of the great killing battles of the Great War, with such a high fatal casualty rate that a soldiers chances of surviving Arras were much slimmer than even the Somme or Passchendaele. Most soldiers who served in the Great War served at Arras at some point; it was a name very much in the consciousness of the survivors of the Great War. Ninety years later, while there has been development at Arras, it is still an impressive battlefield and one worthy of the attention of any Great War enthusiast. This book will give a lead in seeing the ground connected with the fighting in 1917. Making a slight departure from the style of the previous two walking books, the chapters look at the historical background of an area and then separately describe a walk; with supplementary notes about the associated cemeteries in that region.
... by Mike O'Connor Ypres - St Julien by Graham Keech Ypres - Boesinghe by
Stephen McGreal Walking the Somme by ... by David Bilton Arras - Bullecourt by
Graham Keech Arras - Monchy le Preux by Colin Fox Walking Arras by Paul
Author: Stephen Chambers
Publisher: Pen and Sword
A walking tour guidebook for travelers and armchair historians interested in visiting the sites of the World War I campaign in Turkey. Gallipoli was a First World War tragedy, a side show that had ambitious hopes to end the war early. Despite the immense gallantry displayed by those fighting, from the beginning, this grand scale 1915 operation was plagued with mismanagement. Failure in high places betrayed the heroism in the field, resulting in casualties of over half a million. Those who visit the area today owe to those who served and died a conscious effort to see beyond the heartbreak and futility, to appreciate the what, the how, and the why. There is no better way to do this today than walking the battlefields with this invaluable guide. From the beaches and fields of Helles to the precipitous heights of Anzac and the plains of Suvla, this book guides the walker to the key points of the campaign. Infamous names that are synonymous with the fighting are covered: Sedd-el Bahr, Krithia, Achi Baba, the Vineyard, Gully Ravine, Kereviz Dere, Lone Pine, the Nek, Chunuk Bair, Lala Baba, Chocolate Hill, Kidney Hill and Kiretch Tepe. All of these features are set in a scene of beauty and tragedy that still pervades this eastern Mediterranean peninsula. In total there are ten walks, some challenging, others not, with a narrative that helps make sense of it all. “Whether you are looking for a guidebook or a concise introduction to the campaign, Chambers’s offering is well worth your attention.” —WW1 Geek
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Beaucourt by Michael Renshaw Walking Arras by Paul Reed WW2 Boulogne by
Author: Tim Saunders
Publisher: Pen and Sword
"This book seeks to bring together little known, out of print and archived material into an account covering the 82nd Airborne Division and Guards Armoured Division?s fighting on the Groesbeek Heights and the capture of the Nijmegen Bridges. This is the first of three Battleground volumes that will cover all sixty-four miles of XXX Corp?s route from Joe?s Bridge on the Escaut Canal to Arnhem on the Rhine"--Page 7.
This volume deals with the area south of the River Scarpe where the British attacked in April and May 1917, the Germans in March 1918 and then the Anglo-Canadian offensive leading to the end of the war.
Author: Jim Smithson
Arras is known by some as the forgotten battle, because of this it's not one of the most written about or visited First World War areas on the Western Front; in fact, it lacks the general awareness levels when compared to the iconic battlefields of the Somme or Passchendaele. Nevertheless, The Arras battlefields hold much to interest both the seasoned and curious visitor alike, with many visual reminders of the war over 100 years on. This guide is designed to both educate and guide the visitor around four years of conflict that the city of Arras and its surrounding area endured. Organized geographically in sectors to aid the visitor, all the major engagements of the war in the Arras area are described and locations chosen to enable the visitor to gain a greater understanding of the battle; from the French on the Lorette Ridge in 1914 & 1915, the British from 1916-18 and the Canadians on Vimy Ridge in 1917, north of the city, to the Australians at Bullecourt in the south, the visitor will find the battlefield described in detail. The guide uses key observation points to ensure that the visitor is correctly orientated to get a fuller understanding of the battles and the ground they were fought over. The visitor can for example stand on Observation Ridge, look towards the city of Arras and using the description of the battle and the detailed maps and photographs taken from that key location, gain a full understanding of the attack of 12th Division on the morning of the 9th April. A detailed modern map then allows the visitor to turn and move to one of the many cemeteries in the area and again be able to read a detailed description of what he or she can see. This is not a guide that will tell you where to go or give prescribed routes but by clearly marked key locations will allow the visitor to plan their own itinerary according to time, interest or inclination. Each location has photographs and a clear description of what can be seen and what happened at key moments of the war at that place. Advice is also given as to the accessibility (car, bicycle or on foot) for each location to aid the visitor when planning. Lavishly provided with maps and photographs, this guide will be the essential companion to anyone visiting the Arras battlefields and hopefully bring them back to the area again and again. This volume deals with the area south of the River Scarpe where the British attacked in April and May 1917, the Germans in March 1918 and then the Anglo-Canadian offensive leading to the end of the war.
When planning a walk , especially abroad , the walker has to decide his own
particular grade and preference and match that ... Picardy and Artois , the area
around Arras , are farming regions , marred by the coalpits of Arras and Lens ,
Author: Rob Hunter
Battlefield visitors to the area will immediately recognize the names of towns and villages that were as significant to the men of Marlboroughs army as they were to those who fought in the First and Second World Wars.This book serves both ...
Author: Jerry Murland
Publisher: Pen and Sword
There is no other city in France that has the same associations in time of conflict that the British have with Arras. Since the campaigns of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, in the early 18th century, British soldiers have fought in and around Arras, occasionally as an enemy but, more often, as defenders of French and Allied democracy. Battlefield visitors to the area will immediately recognize the names of towns and villages that were as significant to the men of Marlboroughs army as they were to those who fought in the First and Second World Wars.This book serves both as guide to the Second World War battlefields that surround the city and its environs as well as detailing the actions of the British armored attack of 21 May 1940. The book looks at the strategic situation that led up to the famous Arras counterstroke and, using material that has not been published before, examines the British and German actions between 20 and 23 May. The only Victoria Cross action that took place during this time is looked at in detail; as is the fighting that took place in Arras and during the breakout.Despite its shortcomings, the counterstroke achieved the essential element of surprise and caused widespread alarm amongst the German command and hit Rommels 7th Panzer Division at precisely the moment when his armored units were ahead of the infantry and gunners. The British infantry fought well and both the Durham battalions were fortunate that their commanding officers and senior NCOs were men who had already fought in one conflict and possessed the determination to rally their less experienced junior ranks and fight on regardless. Such was the case with the two tank battalions, although sadly they lost both their commanding officers and over half the tanks that went into the engagement. The attack did enable the British to tighten their hold on Arras albeit temporarily and, as is often cited, built doubts in the minds of German High Command as to the speed of their advance and contributed to the subsequent Hitler halt order of 24-27 May.The author has gone to some lengths to track down accounts from those individuals who served in the area during May 1940 and fought the enveloping tide of the German advanceThe book is supported by three car tours, one of which takes the visitor along the tragic path taken by the Tyneside Scottish on 20 May and two walking routes, which concentrate on Arras.137 black and white photographs (integrated) and a number of maps derived from regimental histories; and six tour maps provide the battlefield visitor with illustrations of the battlefields as they were in 1940 and as they are today.
Walk along the lane then go up to the left , and soon right along an old , well -
graded path which zigzags up through ... After a few hundred metres the route
crosses the inconspicuous Col d'Arras , leads into trees and begins to descend .
Author: Sandra Bardwell
Category: Sports & Recreation
Savour the delights of rural France far from the autoroutes and the TGV. This book reveals a wealth of trails linking nature's tranquil oases, pastoral villages and epicurean pleasures -- all at walking pace. -- the most renowned and scenic walks in 13 regions, including the GR20 Corsican trail -- a range of picturesque day walks within easy distance of Paris -- information on architecture, restaurants and vineyards along the trails -- easy-to-follow walk descriptions with accurate contour maps -- practical advice on local customs, language, equipment and travel -- illustrated section on flora and fauna
Author: Daniel Fenning
Category: English language
16 From Arras they walked about 25 miles on 17 July to reach Péronne , Arras to
Pérrone where they stayed that night . The next day , a Sunday , took them as far
as what Wordsworth's list calls a ' Village near Couci . " Since the following night
Author: Donald E. Hayden
... as the light in the hillside , at the foot of which the River Scarpe placidly flowed
railway control post , also at times accommodated wounded walking eastwards ,
through Arras and towards the German lines . Behind cases from the trenches .
Yet there is no evidence to suggest that the horse owner is static , and indeed the
contrary is implied by the references to his pulling or leading a foal ( 0 : 1421 ,
1561 - 1562 ) , presumably while walking around . 9 . 0 : 1857 VG Chunst Zucht ...
Author: Karen Pratt
Category: Civilization, Medieval, in literature
In this book the contribution of metre and 60 cm gauge railways to the Allied war effort in this sector is examined in the context of the history of the metre gauge lines already established.
Author: Joan S. Farebrother
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
The Arras sector of the Western Front in World War I (WW1) was held partly by the British and Dominions 1st Army from September 1915, and almost wholly by the 1st and 3rd Armies from March 1916. No less than in the Ypres sector to the north and the Somme sector to the south, the struggles of the French and then British troops in this sector were pivotal to the outcome of the War. The sector included countryside in the south, but in the north a major part of the industrial and coal-mining area of northern France, around Lens and Bthune. In this book the contribution of metre and 60 cm gauge railways to the Allied war effort in this sector is examined in the context of the history of the metre gauge lines already established. The build up of light (60 cm gauge) lines from 1916 is examined in detail area by area, and the contribution of the related metre gauge lines is reassessed, from British and French sources. After the War the role of these railways in the reconstruction and recovery of this devastated region of France is described. Later the surviving part of the 60 cm gauge network served the sugar beet industry east of Arras. The history is followed through another World War to the closure of the last of these railways in 1957.The book refers to previous works on British War Department light railways in WW1, but contains sufficient general information for readers new to the subject. It also describes how to find key locations now, and how and where rolling stock can be seen. Six walks and an urban tour are included for those who wish to explore the territory in greater depth.
Few of the topographical features that loomed so important in 1917 and 1918 have disappeared, so that this is a battlefield where it is easy to follow the action, whilst walking along its tracks shows how significant a vantage point this ...
Author: Colin Fox
Publisher: Pen and Sword
As the motorist speeds past Arras on the motorway south to Paris, a look to the east should bring into view the hilltop village of Monchy le Preux. This farming community dominates the ground to the North (as it falls away to the River Scarpe) and to the South ( to the River Coejeul). In the early days of the Battle of Arras in the spring of 1917 the Village fell to British attacks after a stubborn resistance by the German defenders.Therefore the struggle continued to wage just to its east as all attempts to move the line significantly further into the German defences failed. In 1918 the German spring offensive rapidly regained lost ground, but stumbled and faltered on the outskirts of Arras. When it came to the British turn to launch what was to turn put to be the final offensive of the war in this sector; it was the Canadian forces that led the way here. Monchy and the countryside round about has returned, for the most part, to a tranquil, rural spot. Few of the topographical features that loomed so important in 1917 and 1918 have disappeared, so that this is a battlefield where it is easy to follow the action, whilst walking along its tracks shows how significant a vantage point this was to the combatants of 1917 and 1918.There are a few remnants of the war, and mementoes continue to give stark reminders of the bitter struggles of eighty years and more ago. In the spring of 1998 over twenty British soldiers whose bodies had been unexpectedly unearthed in the course of land development were buried in Monchy British cemetery
It must be good to walk over moist ground . I ' m walking forward very gently ,
Paula , you see , swaying from right to left like a haycart . You think a plane goes
very fast . . . and of course it does , if you think about it ! But if you forget the
Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Category: Air pilots, Military
This work stresses French writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery's humanistic philosophy.
He took his stick, his old straw hat, and went on his way. Where to? That didn't
matter, as long as it could be far away—hours and hours of walking. And so to
Arras. He walked on the roads. He sat in the taverns but nowhere did he remain
Author: Rogier van Aerde
Certainly one wouldn ' t take it to be the work of the man who , encouraged by
Robert Frost , produced some of the finest English poetry between 1914 and his
death on the Western Front at Arras in 1917 . On the day he stayed here in 1913
Author: Anthony Bailey
A charming and well written account of one man's walk through Wales. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
The seven Cartoons , which alone exist now , lay neglected in the manufactory at
Arras till they were seen there in 1630 by Rubens , who advised Charles I. to
purchase them for a tapestry manufactory which was established at Mortlake .
Author: Augustus John Cuthbert Hare
Category: London (England)
Author: Folly Marland
The walking guides based on trails created and marked by the French Federation of Hiking Clubs.
Other guides in the Battleground Europe Series : Walking the Salient by Paul
Reed Ypres - Sanctuary Wood and Hooge by ... 1918 by Michael Stedman Arras
- Vimy Ridge by Nigel Cave Arras - Gavrelle by Trevor Tasker and Kyle Tallett
Author: Geoffrey Bridger
Publisher: Leo Cooper Books
Category: Neuve-Chapelle (France)
The World War I (1914-1918) Document Archive of the World War I Military History List (WWI-L) presents a March 10, 1915 account of the World War I Battle of Neuve Chapelle. The battle involved an attack by the British on German Forces at Neuve Chapelle, France.
... by Helen McPhail and Philip Other guides in the Battleground Europe Series :
Walking the Salient by Paul Reed Ypres ... Somme - Beaucourt by Michael
Renshaw Walking Arras by Paul Reed Hindenburg Line by Peter Oldham
Author: Stephen J. Chambers
Publisher: Pen & Sword
This book concentrates on Gully Ravine and its immediate area on the western side of the Helles battlefield. Here trench fighting raged throughout the campaign, culminating in the Battle of Gully Ravine between 28 June and 5 July 1915. This attack was a successful piece of planning and execution, enabling the British to capture five lines of Turkish trenches, seriously threatening the Turkish hold on the southern tip of the peninsula. After this attack the region fell into the deadlock of trench warfare, which brought its horrors as well as its monotony. This beautiful and picturesque area of Gallipoli is seldom visited, and its part in the campaign almost forgotten. The book is well researched and contains a high proportion of original photographs and maps, which have never been published before.