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!
The Dardenelles 1915
The Dardenelles or the ‘Sea of Helle’ is an integral part of the Turkish Straits along the Gallipoli Peninsula. This international passage was the only connection between the Mediterranean sea and the Black Sea and hence had strategic importance in the past and in the present. In the year 1915, the Allied Powers attacked the region as a part of their World War conquests to control this point of commercial and military actions towards Russia and other countries. This attack is termed in the history as the Gallipoli Battle.
The two nations of the Allied Power, Britain and France attacked the capital city of the Ottoman Empire, Constantinople by the naval route to clear the sea route to Russia. The attack was countered fiercely and the battle continued for about eight months resulting in numerous casualties. Finally, the battle was abandoned due to non-conclusion and is known to be a victory of the Ottoman Empire. With all due respect to the warring spirit of the soldiers fought in the battle, ‘Anzac spirit’ is used to denote the qualities of Australian and New Zealand soldiers as we now use ‘Top 10 Binary Demo’ to denote the quality of a good demo trading account.
In the later periods of history, this battle has been credited for the rise of New Zealand and Australia as independent nations where it is regarded as the ‘baptism of fire’.
The battlefields at Gallipoli were for many years difficult to reach and hostile to visitors – in more ways than one! Today modern Turkey is very different and a visit to Gallipoli is a pleasure – but still a great adventure compared to France and Flanders. These pages provide information gathered over many years studying the campaign, and numerous visits to the Gallipoli battlefields, including filming I did with the BBC in 2003 and a recent trip to Gallipoli in May 2006 with a group from Leger Holidays.
The latest Gallipoli updates are found here.
PO Bertie S.Reed
HMS Implacable W Beach 25th April 1915
Pte Dan Boyles 1st Essex Wounded Krithia, served until evacuation
Pte Thomas Sainty 1st Essex Killed in Action 8th May 1915
Pte Albert Adams 1st Essex Served Gallipoli, Killed Arras April 1917.
Researching someone who fought at Gallipoli? Visit my WW1 Research Page.
New Gallipoli book review – Hell Let Loose: 1/7th Lancashire Fusiliers.
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