I see that this is your first post. May I suggest that it would be better to re-post in the WW1 section of the forum unless you have a reason for posting it under "battlefields".
Just to be clear, is your question in reference to the Battle of Cambrai in 1918 which was a great success and included a daring attack across the Canal du Nord and at Bourlon Wood before clearing Cambrai? Or is it in reference to the 1917 Battle of Cambrai?
Again, welcome. So happy to see this topic introduced.
World War One
11/27/2021 3:08:18 AM
What are your thoughts on the Battle of Cambrai?
Could it have been a major breakthrough?
Welcome, Jason !
November 20th 1917 ?
Cambrai 1917 was a major breakthrough.
A breakthrough was one thing : exploitation another.
Failure to exploit is a recurring theme in military history.
The significant thing about the British success at Cambrai is the ability of the Germans to counter attack with such skill and effect. A brilliant initial success by one side balanced by an equally triumphant method by the other.
The use of tanks by the British is the thing people usually associate with this battle. What made another very important impact was the success of their “ predicted” artillery barrage : often overlooked , it seems.
As George is right to imply, the brilliant fighting by the Canadians there nearly one year later is also overlooked.
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