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Battle of Arras 1917



9th April 1917 37th Divison move up at Arras  13th Battalion, Rifle Brigade with 37th Division were in reserve initially at the launch of the Battle of Arras. After initial success the 37th moved up through the lines to continue the attack. This was the area of the Brown Line and having reached here, the 37th Division was brought up through the other Divisions in order to carry the attack into Monchy. This was supposed to have happened on the evening of 9 April, but a sudden turn in the weather made advancing much more difficult. It was so cold that men would freeze to death during the night. That evening the 37th continued the attack in the face of snow past Feuchy Chapel reaching an area known as Orange Hill to the south-east of Monchy

9th Apr 1917 V.15 Trench Mortar Bty in action  V.15 Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery are in action in the Second Battle of Arras.

10th April 1917 37th Divison move up at Arras  It was only on the night of 10 April that the 37th Division including 13th Battalion, Rifle Brigade and its six supporting tanks were in a position to consider mounting an attack on Monchy. The attack was delivered with the 11th Brigade on the left facing Monchy and the 112th on their right advancing towards La Bergère crossroads (where you will see the Windmill CWGC Cemetery and turn left towards Monchy). Standing up on this hill by the monument you get an immediate understanding as to why the village was so important and why the Germans had spent such a long time fortifying it (The Newfoundland Caribou is erected on top of a German bunker). The attack got off to a bad start. At 0500 hours on a freezing cold morning the infantry and tanks set off across the snow, but the artillery was late in getting into position and when they did eventually open their bombardment they began by shelling the advancing troops who had not been warned of any postponement. Amongst the numerous casualties of this friendly fire was one of the tanks. By 0900 hours though, Monchy was in British hands. The Germans launched a number of counter-attacks but these were driven off. The village remained in Allied hands until it was abandoned during the German Spring offensive of 1918. Monchy was finally retaken again by the Canadians on 26th of August 1918 over three days and at remarkably little cost in terms of casualties, General Allenby's 3rd Army had made remarkable gains.

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Battle of Arras 1917

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  • Abigail John Henry. Pte. (d.12th Sep 1917)
  • Arnup Henry Alfred. Srgt. (d.23rd Apr 1917)
  • Baker Felix Benjamin. L/Cpl. (d.3rd May 1917)
  • Baldwin William Benjamin. Pte. (d.5th March 1917)
  • Battman Frederick William. Sgt. acting WO
  • Battrick George. Cpl.
  • Baverstock John. Rfmn. (d.23rd Apr 1917)
  • Beatson Sydney Leonard. L/Cpl. (d.13th May 1917)
  • Beatty Benjamin George. 2nd Lt. (d.28th July 1917)
  • Bence Paul Alfred. Cpl. (d.6th May 1917)
  • Berne Patrick William. Sgt. (d.9th Apr 1917)
  • Blackwell Charles Edgar. Pte. (d.9th Apr 1917)
  • Booth Sydney Crawford. Pte.
  • Bowler Edward. Pte.
  • Brady Patrick. Pte. (d.19th Apr 1917)
  • Bray Victor George Thomas. Private (d.9th Apr 1917)
  • Brennan John. Pte. (d.9th Apr1917)
  • Broadley James. Pte.
  • Brown Matthew. Cpl. (d.28th April 1917)
  • Burridge George. Pte. (d.9th Apr 1917)
  • Bush Edward Thomas. Dvr. (d.23rd April 1917)
  • Cairns Matthew. Pte. (d.26th Apr 1917)
  • Chapman Frank. Pte.
  • Clarke William. Pte.
  • Coar Edward Roland. 2nd Lt. (d.8th Jan 1918)
  • Coates Ernest. Pte. (d.5th Oct 1917)
  • Collins John Joseph. pte. (d.23rd Apr 1917)
  • Conley Andrew. Pte. (d.24 Apr 1917)
  • Cook Herbert. Pte. (d.9th Apr 1917)
  • Cowan James. (d.1917)
  • Cox George David. Sgt. (d.11th April 1917)
  • Crawford Frederick Thomas Edward. Rfm. (d.15th Apr 1917)
  • Cutting Ernest. Pte. (d.26th Apr 1917)
  • Daniells Frank. Capt.
  • Davis Albert Victor. L/Cpl. (d.22 April 1917)
  • Davis R.. Pte.
  • Delisle LÃ?opold. Pte. (d.21st May 1918)
  • Dennis Charles. L/Cpl. (d.9th April 1917)
  • Dickson William James. Cpl.
  • Duffy Matthias. Spr. (d.14th July 1917)
  • Earle William Herbert. Cpl. (d.8th May 1917)
  • Eary Frank. Pte. (d.24th Nov 1917)
  • Egan James Patrick. Pte. (d.14th Apr 1917)
  • Elliott Ethelbert Samuel Gerald. Pte
  • Erskine John. Sgt. (d.14th April 1917)
  • Evans George. Pte. (d.10th Nov 1917)
  • Evans John Thomas. Pte. (d.13th May 1917)
  • Evans R.
  • Ewan Alexander. Pte. (d.13th Apr 1917)
  • Fall William George. Pte. (d.3rd May 1917)
  • Farries Henry. Pte. (d.14th Mar 1917)
  • Fenwick Joseph. Pte. (d.28th Apr 1917)
  • Fielding John William. Pte. (d.15th Aug 1917)
  • Flanaghan Richard. Pte. (d.30th Sep 1918)
  • Fleming Harry. Pte.
  • Franklin Arthur Charles. Rfm. (d.3rd May 1917)
  • Fraser Oswald Campbell. 2nd Lt. (d.9th April 1917)
  • Frost Earnest. Pte. (d.4th May 1917)
  • Fullard Philip Fletcher. Capt.
  • Gaffing David. Gnr. (d.14th Oct 1917)
  • Garrett Thompson. Pte. (d.12th Jun 1917)
  • Gough John. Gnr. (d.4th May 1917)
  • Gow William. Pte. (d.29th Sep 1917)
  • Grange William George. Pte.
  • Grimley Leonard. Rflmn. (d.28th April 1917)
  • Hancock Timothy. Pte.
  • Hargreaves William. Pte. (d.23rd Apr 1917)
  • Harper Carl Horace. Pte.
  • Harrison John. 2nd Lt. (d.3rd May 1917)
  • Hawker Thomas Henry. Pte. (d.14 April 1917)
  • Henry George Carruthers. 2nd Lt.
  • Heywood John. Sgt. (d.26th Apr 1916)
  • Hill Hugh Henry. L/Cpl. (d.3rd Jul 1917)
  • Hills Walter Edward. 2nd Lt. (d.26th June 1917)
  • Hilton Ernest. Pte.
  • Hines John Cecil Newhall. CSM.
  • Hirsch David Philip. Cpt. (d.23rd April 1917)
  • Hodgson Francis. L/Cpl. (d.13th May 1917 )
  • Holdsworth Tom Brown. Pte (d.19th May 1917)
  • Hollings Ernest. Pte.
  • Hordley Jack. Gnr.
  • Horne Arthur. Pte.
  • Horton Ernest William. Pte. (d.21st March 1918)
  • Howard Arthur. Pte. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Hubble Thomas Harry. Sgt. (d.25th May 1918)
  • Humphries Percy. Pte. (d.9th April 1917)
  • Humphries Stephen Harry. Pte.
  • Hunt Herbert Clifford. (d.15th May 1917)
  • Hutting William. Pte.
  • Ingram Percival St.John. Rflmn. (d.23rd April 1917)
  • Ingram Percy St John. Rfmn. (d.24th Apr 1917)
  • Irvine Benjamin Bichan. Colour Sgt.
  • Jackson Harold Willows. Lt. (d.14th May 1917)
  • Jarratt George. Cpl. (d.3rd May 1917)
  • Kay Elias James. Pte.
  • Kellam Cyril Claude. Sgt.
  • Kemp William Dunstan. Sgt. (d.9th April 1917)
  • Knight Arthur George. Sgt. (d.3 September 1918)
  • Laugher Frank. Pte. (d.17th Sep 1917)
  • Lawrence Charles Henry. Pte. (d.15th Aug 1917)
  • Lawrence William. Rflmn.
  • Lee Harry. Rflmn. (d.11th May 1917)
  • Lippman Simon. Pte. (d.23rd Apr 1917)
  • Mackay Angus. Cpl. (d.5th May 1917)
  • Makepeace Samuel Mallet. Pte. (d.6th Aug 1917)
  • Malone Brian Wilmot . 2nd Lt. (d.23rd April 1917)
  • Mann Alexander James. 2nd Lt. (d.10th Apr 1917)
  • Martin Bertram C.. 2nd Lt. (d.13th April 1917)
  • Matson Charles. Cpl. (d.2nd Mar 1917)
  • Mayell James Richard. Spr. (d.20th May 1917)
  • Maynard Thomas Walter. Pte. (d.3rd May 1917)
  • McCarren David Stewart. L/Sgt.
  • McDonald John. Pte. (d.23rd April 1917)
  • McLoy John Joseph. Pte. (d.11th Apr 1917)
  • McMunigal James. Pte. (d.9th Apr 1917)
  • McNally Daniel. Pte. (d.26th Oct 1917)
  • Meehan John. Pte. (d.27th April 1917)
  • Merry Thomas. Sgt. (d.14th April 1917)
  • Messervy Ernest Dyce. Capt. (d.20th Jul 1917)
  • Metcalfe Joseph. Pte. (d.3rd May 1917)
  • Milton William Robert. Sgt. (d.24th Oct 1918)
  • Mitcheson John George. L/Cpl. (d.10th April 1917)
  • Morrison William Elias.
  • Mundy Samuel. Pte. (d.9th Sep 1918)
  • Murray Robert. Pte. (d.24th April 1917 )
  • Narvidge John William. Pte (d.14th Apr 1917)
  • Nice Frederick William. Pte. (d.24th April 1917)
  • Norton John Henry. Pte. (d.15th Nov 1916)
  • Noulton Henry. Pte.
  • Noulton Henry. Dvr.
  • Oliver Thomas. 2nd Lt.
  • Ord George Henry. Pte.
  • Oyitch William Henry. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1917)
  • Parkes Alfred. Pte.
  • Partridge Heber William Henry. Sgt.
  • Pearce Alfred George. L/Cpl.
  • Pearce Thomas. Pte. (d.31st Mar 1917)
  • Penny David Ernest. Sgt. (d.27th May 1917)
  • Perris Thomas. Pte.
  • Phillips Charles Edgar. Pte. (d.9th Oct 1917)
  • Phillips Richard Thomas. L/Cpl. (d.24th Apr 1917)
  • Phillips Walter Arthur. Rflman. (d.13th Oct 1917)
  • Plant Lawrence. Pte. (d.28th Aug 1918)
  • Poole Alexander Henry. Pte. (d.23rd April 1917)
  • Potter Alexander. Cpl. (d.9th Apr 1917 )
  • Purvis John George. Pte. (d.10th May 1917)
  • Race Horace Victor. Pte. (d.28th April 1917)
  • Ramsden Percy Gordon. Cpl. (d.23rd April 1917)
  • Revill James William. L/Cpl. (d.9th April 1917)
  • Riley Thomas William. Pte. (d.2nd Sep 1918)
  • Roberts William. Pte. (d.13th Apr 1917)
  • Robertson James Henry F S. Spr. (d.12th April 1917)
  • Robins Arthur. Sgt. (d.14th Oct 1918)
  • Robinson Thomas. Pte. (d.23rd April 1917)
  • Ronaldson Thomas. Sgt. (d.17th Apr 1917)
  • Rook Morton. Pte.
  • Rorrison John. Pte. (d.23rd April 1917)
  • Sample Frederick. Pte. (d.9th Apr 1917)
  • Samwell Frederick James. Pte. (d.14th April 1917)
  • Sandercock Leonard. Cpl. (d.18th Apr 1917)
  • Seely Frank Reginald. 2nd Lt. (d.13 April 1917)
  • Seely Frank Reginald. 2nd Lt. (d.Apr 1917)
  • Sermons Arthur Frank. Pte. (d.12th Feb 1916)
  • Shepherd John. Pte. (d.21st Nov 1917)
  • Smith Ellis. Pte. (d.15th Apr 1917)
  • Smith Ernest Albert. Cpl.
  • Smith James William. Pte. (d.28th March 1918)
  • Smith John Edward. Pte. (d.23rd Apr 1917)
  • Smith Thomas. Pte. (d.2nd Sep 1918)
  • Stockton Robert. Dvr.
  • Strode Ernest. Pte. (d.29th Apr 1917)
  • Studley Norman Crabtree. Pte. (d.28th April 1917)
  • Swinburne Hugh Stewart. Pte. (d.14th Aug 1916)
  • Sykes Ernest. Pte.
  • Symonds Frederick Charles. Cpl. (d.8th Oct 1918)
  • Tambling Frederick Gilbert Billings. Pte. (d.17th March 1917)
  • Thompson Albert George. Col.
  • Thompson James Joseph. Pte. (d.27th April 1917)
  • Thornley Joseph. Rfn. (d.11th April 1917)
  • Thorpe Charles. Cpl. (d.3rd Aug 1917)
  • Thurlow Thomas. Pte. (d.3rd May 1917)
  • Todd Charles Gordon. Pte.
  • Turner Cuthbert. 2nd Lt. (d.23rd April 1917)
  • Twinn John Edward. Cpl. (d.3rd July 1916)
  • Upton John William. Rfmn. (d.23rd Apr 1917)
  • Verschoyle William Arthur. Capt. (d.11th Apr 1917)
  • Vincent John Wright. Cpl.
  • Waddington Cecil. Pte. (d.10th April 1917)
  • Wales Edward Ambrose. Sgt. (d.18th Nov 1917)
  • Walker Alfred Richard. Pte. (d.1st Mar 1917)
  • Walker Vernon Lee. 2nd Lt. (d.29th May 1917)
  • Wanley Arthur. L/Cpl. (d.20 May 1917)
  • Warburton Ernest. 2nd Lt.
  • Ward Robert. Pte. (d.30th Nov 1917)
  • Warren Ernest. Cpl.
  • Wateridge William James. Pte. (d.1st Aug 1918)
  • Watford William. Sgt.
  • Watson George Robert. Spr. (d.4th May 1917)
  • Watson Oliver Cyril Spencer. Lt Col. (d.28th Mar 1918)
  • Watson Ralph Wycliffe. Pte. (d.18th Aug 1918)
  • Weir Thomas Henderson. Mjr. (d.8th May 1918)
  • West William. Pte. (d.9th Apr 1917)
  • Westcott Henry. Pte. (d.28th Apr 1917)
  • White Albert. Sgt. (d.19th May 1917)
  • Whitlie Peter. Pte. (d.23rd April 1917)
  • Whittaker Henry. Pte. (d.14th Jan 1917)
  • Wicks George. Pte. (d.13th April 1917)
  • Wild Harry. Sgt. (d.12th Apr 1917)
  • Wild Harry. Sgt. (d.12th April 1917)
  • Williams Ralph William. Cpl.
  • Wiseman William Ernest. L/Cpl. (d.31st Jul 1917)
  • Worboys John William. Pte.
  • Wright Walter Arthur. Pte. (d.4th May 1918)

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Bloody April: Slaughter in the Skies Over Arras, 1917

Peter Hart


As the Allies embarked upon the Battle of Arras, they desperately needed accurate aerial reconnaissance photographs. But by this point the Royal Flying Club were flying obsolete planes. The new German Albatros scouts massively outclassed them in every respect: speed, armament, ability to withstand punishment and manoeuverability. Many of the RFC's pilots were straight out of flying school - as they took to the air they were sitting targets for the experienced German aces. Over the course of 'Bloody April' the RFC suffered casualties of over a third. The average life expectancy of a new subaltern on the front line dropped to just eleven days. And yet they carried on flying, day after day, in the knowledge that, in the eyes of their commanders at least, their own lives meant nothing compared to the photographs they brought back, which could save tens of thousands of soldiers on the ground. In this book Peter Hart tells the story of the air war over Arras, using the voices of the men who
The German Army in World War I: v. 3: 1917-18

Nigel Thomas


."..beautifully illustrated and the eight color plates show off a variety of WWI uniforms/equipment that are appropriate for armies that fought in the RCW...fills a very necessary spot in my wargaming library... As always, Osprey books form the first line of any 'attack' on a new period of study!" -"HMG Reviewing Stand" Product Description This third volume of a mini-series covering the German forces in World War I examines the troops that fought during the climax of the war on all fronts: the last great battles of attrition in the West (Arras, Messines, 3rd Ypres - Passchendaele/Langemarck - and Cambrai, 1917) and the collapse of Russia in the East. The 'Kaiserschlacht' campaign is covered, as are the German operations in Italy, the Balkans, and in support of Turkey in the Middle East. Uniform changes during this period reflected the introduction of new tactics and weapons and new types of troops, such as tanks and assault battalions.
The German Army in World War I: 1914-15 Pt. 1

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."..beautifull illustrated and the eight color plates show off a variety of WWI uniforms/equipment that are appropriate for armies that fought in the RCW...fills a very necessary spot in my wargaming library... As always, Osprey books form the first line of any 'attack' on a new period of study!" -"HMG Reviewing Stand" Product Description This is the first of three books that study the German Army of World War I in great detail. They give a comprehensive study of the organisation, uniforms, insignia and equipment of the Imperial German army - in practice the combined armies of Prussia, Bavaria, Saxony and Wurttemberg. This first volume covers the troops who fought at Mons, Arras, and 1st Ypres in 1914; in winter 1914; at Neuve Chappelle, 2nd Ypres, Artois and the Argonne, 1915; and in East Prussia and Poland, 1914-15. It reflects the impact of the first period of trench warfare on the uniforms worn at the outbreak of war.
Arras: The Spring 1917 Offensive in Panoramas Including Vimy Ridge and Bullecourt

Peter Barton


"'Astonishing ... made my heart sigh' Independent 'An extraordinary set of panoramic photographs that reveal the battlefields of the Western Front as never before.' The Times 'Hauntingly magnificent' Navy News 'His works are widely regarded as milestones in the gaining of a balanced understanding of the First World War.' Soldier magazine" This title features unseen panoramas of the most dangerous battle of the First World War. In spring 1917, Allied troops on the Western Front began the largest ever artillery barrage on German positions, using over 2.7 million shells. During the battle they succeeded in capturing the famous Vimy Ridge. But the ultimate cost of fighting was immense, with a daily casualty rate 40 per cent greater than the Somme and almost double that of Passchendaele - making it hour for hour the most dangerous major campaign of the First World War. In this major new account of the conflict, Peter Barton showcases over 50 re-discovered British and German panoramic pho
Walking Arras

Paul Reed


As is always the case with Paul Reed's books, the subject is extremely well researched and makes for an interesting read. The battlefields of Arras have largely been overshadowed by those of the Somme and Ypres. This guide goes a long way to fill the void and helps to give the battlefield walker a view of the terrible events which took place there. At last- a guide to the neglected battlefields of Arras! Paul Reed has again done an excellent job in collecting information and writing this guide to the Arras area. I have visited War Cemeteries in the area many times, but have always wanted to know more about what happened there, and what still survives to be seen in the area, and this book covers it all, and will be put to good use on my next visit. Well done Paul, this book is a must for anyone visiting the area, and I can't wait to try it out.
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Cheerful Sacrifice

Jonathan Nicholls


Tells the story of the spring offensive of April - May 1917, otherwise known as the Battle of Arras. The author gives the Battle of Arras its proper place in the annals of military history, enhancing his text with a wealth of eye-witness accounts.
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The Confusion of Command: The Memoirs of Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas D'Oyly 'Snowball' Snow 1914 -1918

Dan Snow & Mark Pottle


The enemy has got to be fought everywhere and hard... Everything is going very well indeed and no one minds the losses as long as we are moving. The never-before-published papers of General Sir Thomas D Oyly Snow provide a remarkable insight into the mindset of the Great War commanders. Despite being severely injured during the first Battle of the Marne when his horse fell and rolled over him, cracking his pelvis Snow served at some of the most important battles of the Western Front. His memoirs include the battle of Loos, the second battle of Ypres, the battles of Arras and Cambrai, the retreat from Mons and was responsible for the diversionary attack on Gommecourt on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Somme. This volume is comprised of vivid extracts from contemporary notes that only an eyewitness can offer coupled with frank postwar reflections that show the wisdom of hindsight and perspective, which brings an open awareness of military folly. D Oyly Snow died in London, aged 82, on
Monchy le Preux - Arras

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Gavrelle: Arras

Kyle Tallett & Trevor Tasker


During the Battle of Arras 1917, the village of Gavrelle was captured by the Royal Naval Division; the Royal Marines suffered their highest casualties of their history at Gavrelle Windmill. Four VCs were awarded for actions around Gavrelle.'
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The Kensington Battalion: Never Lost a Yard of Trench

G.I.S Inglis


Can there be any more Kitchener infantry battalions, especially the locally raised "pals", waiting to have a history written? Surely there can not be many. This one, the 22nd (Service) Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers - raised, as the title suggests, in Kensington in London - already has a good if rather short published history in Christopher Stone's "Short history of 22nd Royal Fusiliers in the Great War". So was Geoff Inglis' work necessary and is it a worthwhile purchase? In my view, a resounding yes on both counts. This battalion benefits from having an unusually extensive archive and a good deal of published work covering its activities. This provides an excellent background for compilation of a detailed history. But "Never lost a yard of trench" goes further, not least due to the fact that the author met several battalion veterans, as the work on the book began many years ago and was interrupted for a long spell. The personal touch, as well as the author's evident expertise an
Somewhere in Blood Soaked France

Alasdair Sutherland


From the heat and dust of the Dardanelles to the mud of the Western Front, Corporal Angus Mackay had one constant companion, his diary. He wrote of the battles and campaigns he fought in, names that would go down in history: Gallipoli, the Somme, Ypres and Arras. Serving in the the 1st/5th Battalion (Queens Edinburgh Rifles) Royal Scots and later the 88th Brigade Machine Gun Corps, he left a record of one man's extraordinary and tragic war. In Somewhere in Blood Soaked France, Alasdair Sutherland reveals this previously unpublished account of the First World War, complete with historical context, orders of battle and extracts from official war diaries. This rare source - it was an offence to keep a record in a case of capture - offers a stirring insight into the bravery of Mackay and his companions, who were not afraid to die for their country. 'If I go under it will be in a good cause, so roll on the adventure.'




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