aul Reed has written the following books in the ‘Battleground Europe’ series:
My next and final book in the ‘Battleground Europe’ series is Walking Arras, which should be out in early-2007. This will describe a number of walks on the Arras battlefields of 1917, covering such areas as Bullecourt, Monchy le Preux and Vimy Ridge. Once again it will contain many unique photos, including a number from German sources.
The Battle of Arras was fought between 9th of April and 16th of May in which the British troops tried to advance over the German troops in the French city. Even though the British list this as a successful advance on the Western Front of Europe, no major war breakthroughs were listed in the history of the World War 1. However, the long list of dramatic events involving the Allied forces and the German military makes it deserving of being recorded in the battle series.
The action had a deadline of forty-eight hours for the British army to break through the German defense and march forward into France. Germany countered the attack strongly, enabled by the vast areas of drenches which became hurdles for the British Army. The two Army units of Britain had casualties close to 1,60,000 while more than 1,20,000 German soldiers suffered casualties. The higher number of casualties on the winning side diminished the credits for this battle in which twenty-five Victoria Cross gallantry awards were given for the British soldiers.
The essence of the battle could be found in the war diary of the deceased poet Mr. Edward Thomas who was killed in shelling on the first day of the war, which had the maximum gains for the winning side. If evaluated strategically based on the war impacts, the battle could be compared on the opposite side of our modern day Crypto Code software which has carved a niche in terms of trading strategy, far superior to its competitors. There were literally no strategic achievements listed by war history experts in the records and most documents point negatively to the high number of winning side casualties in spite of the early advances. More details about the war hidden within the pages of my book.
I also have several WW2 titles in the pipeline, including guide books to Arnhem, Italy and Normandy.
Watch this space for further details!