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 holds the Canada Research Chair in War Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada. He is the author of The Soldiers’ General: Bert Hoffmeister at War, which won the 2007 C.P. Stacey Prize for Canadian Military History, and Corps Commanders: Five British and Canadian Generals at War, 1939-1945. Serge Marc Durfli...
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Title:Capturing Hill 70: Canada's Forgotten Battle of the First World WarFormat:HardcoverDimensions:332 pages, 9.1 × 6.5 × 1.1 inPublished:October 1, 2016Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0774833599

ISBN - 13:9780774833592

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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.Capturing Hill 70 brings to life a significant yet hitherto neglected battle of the First World War. This meticulously researched account of the Canadian Corps’ first action under the command of Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Currie delineates a seminal point in the Canadian forces’ maturation on the Western Front. This volume is a model of its kind. - Robert C. Stevenson, Official Historian, Australian War Memorial, and author of The War with Germany