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Cambrai
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Cambrai

City in the north of France on the canalized River Scheldt (L’Escaut).

The “Tank Battle of Cambrai” in November of 1917 saw the first operational massed deployment of British tank forces – a veritable revolution on the battlefield. On November 20, after only a brief burst of fire and without the normal artillery preparation lasting several days, the newly-created British Tank Corps breached the German Hindenburg Line near Havrincourt. The 400 tracked vehicles were supported by six infantry and three cavalry divisions, as well as 400 aircraft. Spread o…

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Werth, German, “Cambrai”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 20 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0101>
First published online: 2015



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