'An equal and opposite reaction: The BEF’s response to the German counter-attack and the final days of the Battle of Cambrai 1917' by Dr Bryn Hammond
From 08 July 2017 15:15 until 16:15
At Manor School
Posted by David Tattersfield
0207 118 1914
The Battle of Cambrai is one of the less well known battles of the First World War, but has become associated with the outstanding success of the first day of the offensive when, using a combination of massed tanks and a surprise artillery bombardment, it seemed that a breakthrough was about to take place. The initial success led to the ringing of church bells in Britain.
Within a few days the jubilant mood turned to despair as the Germans counter-attacked and regained much lost ground.
The German counter-attack is rarely studied but was an important lesson to both sides as the year 1917 came to a close. Would the techniques successfully deployed by the Germans benefit them in coming months or would the British learn lessons quickly and be in a position to hold the inevitable German attacks of 1918?
In this presentation, Dr Bryn Hammond, who is the Head of Collections at the Imperial War Museum, will explore the last attack of 1917 and enable us to see what preparations were made by both sides for what would be later seen as the German's 'last throw of the dice' in the spring of 1918.
Bryn Hammond will be giving his lecture at The Western Front Association's National York Conference on 8 July.