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The Ironclads of Cambrai: The First Great Tank Battle

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On November 20, 1917, just as the slaughter at Passchendaele reached stalemate, the British unleashed the power of 378 tanks on the German trenches at Cambrai. By morning, the battle was won. Despite the subsequent successful counter-attack, the stage was set for 1918, when once again the Germans could not respond to the new weapon. Based on eyewitness reports and intervie ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published October 28th 2002 by Cassell (first published 1970)
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Shawn Gordon
Nov 04, 2013 Shawn Gordon rated it really liked it
**** Four stars for history buffs, particularly World War One buffs. **** Four stars also for armor enthusiasts. The book is well researched and the history of the development of the tank and the battle of Cambrai is excellent.

** Two stars if you don't fit into any of the categories above. You will not like this book if the subject matter doesn't interest you to begin with.
Bill Bailey
Sep 27, 2015 Bill Bailey rated it liked it
This is an OK read, but (IMO) there's too much of the author's opinion mixed in with the fact. For example, instead of saying Haig did not shut down the battle, the author would say something like the glory-seeking Haig did not shut down the battle. Nevertheless, this is still an enjoyable read.
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Bryan Cooper started his career as a journalist and, during service with the RAF, was a feature writer on Flying Review. He is the author of a number of books on military subjects.

In 1960, he covered Donald Campbell's land speed record on the Utah salt flats.
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