Capturing Hill 70: Canada's Forgotten Battle of the First World War by Douglas E. DelaneyCapturing Hill 70: Canada's Forgotten Battle of the First World War by Douglas E. Delaney

Capturing Hill 70: Canada's Forgotten Battle of the First World War

EditorDouglas E. Delaney, Serge Marc Durflinger

Hardcover | October 1, 2016

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In August 1917, the Canadian Corps captured Hill 70, a vital piece of ground just north of the French industrial town of Lens. The Canadians suffered some 5,400 casualties and defeated three days of determined German counter attacks. This spectacularly successful but shockingly costly battle was as innovative as Vimy, yet only a handful of Canadians have heard of it or of subsquent attempts to capture Lens, which cost nearly 3,300 more casualties.

In Capturing Hill 70, leading military historians mark the centenary of this triumph by drawing on Canadian, British, and German records to dissect different facets of the battle, from planning and the conduct of operations to long-term repercussions and commemoration. Hill 70 was the first major battle that Canadian troops fought under one of their own – Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Currie. Currie and his staff acquitted themselves well and proved capable of planning and conducting large-scale and complex offensive operations.

This richly illustrated and thought-provoking book reinstates Hill 70 to its rightful place among the pantheon of battles that helped forge the reputation of the famed Canadian Corps during the First World War, sheds new light on the personalities that influenced the outcome of the battle, and explores the reasons behind the battle’s neglect over the last one hundred years.

Douglas E. Delaney is a professor and Canada Research Chair in War Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada. Serge Marc Durflinger is a professor in the History Department at the University of Ottawa. Contributors: Tim Cook, Robert Engen, Robert T. Foley, Nikolas Gardner, J.L. Granatstein, Mark Humphries, and Andrew IarocciDoug...
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Title:Capturing Hill 70: Canada's Forgotten Battle of the First World WarFormat:HardcoverDimensions:332 pages, 9.26 × 6.35 × 1.04 inPublished:October 1, 2016Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0774833599

ISBN - 13:9780774833592

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it Thought I would read this as my grandfather fought at hill 70. Provides much more detail to this daring battle than the official history of the 20th battalion.
Date published: 2017-04-15

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In August 1917, the Canadian Corps captured Hill 70, vital terrain just north of the French town of Lens. The Canadians suffered some 5,400 casualties and in three harrowing days defeated twenty-one German counterattacks. This spectacularly successful but shockingly costly battle was as innovative as Vimy, yet few Canadians have heard of it or of subsequent attempts to capture Lens, which resulted in nearly 3,300 more casualties. Capturing Hill 70 marks the centenary of this triumph by dissecting different facets of the battle, from planning and conducting operations to long-term repercussions and commemoration. It reinstates Hill 70 to its rightful place among the pantheon of battles that forged the reputation of the famed Canadian Corps during the First World War.This book rescues an important episode in our nation’s involvement in the war from obscurity. More importantly, it shines a definitive light on why the battle for Hill 70 succeeded so well and why the fight for the city of Lens that followed went so poorly. A masterful study of strategy, tactics, and logistics. - Mark Zuehlke, author of the best-selling Canadian Battle Series