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Battlefield Guide Books and Maps - Cambrai
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THE BATTLE OF CAMBRAI 1917

The Battlefield Tour

This is one of 12 battlefield tours described in detail in our  book Western Front-South which contains 390 coloured pictures and 14 maps in 370 pages. The book describes a battlefield tour of about 4 and a half hours with precise directions, pictures and details of memorials and cemeteries.

The Fighting - this is a brief summary

The battle of Cambrai began at 0630 hours on 20 November 1917 when the British 3rd Army launched a surprise attack on Gen Marwitz's German 2nd Army using a total of almost 400 tanks.It was the first mass use of tanks in history. On the first day a six-mile-wide hole was punched in the Hindenburg Line south-west of Cambrai. It was not exploited. Two weeks later the British were back almost where they had started. Casualties on each side were about equal at 40,000.

Close to the British cemetery at Flesquieres 6 miles south west of Cambrai one of the British tanks that fought in the battle was uncovered in 1998 and is now on display in the village in a private museum and members of its crew are buried in the nearby British cemetery.

In Orival Wood Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery on the battlefield is the grave of the poet Lt E.A. Mackintosh MC. He was killed on the second day of the battle.

At the top on the right are the splendid gates of Havrincourt Chateau with the building behind, far left is the tank 'Deborah' which was found on the battlefield and immediately left is Red Cross Corner CWGC cemetery

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