'Arras 1917 - The Lost Opportunity' by Jim Smithson
From 03 June 2017 11:30 until 12:30
Posted by David Tattersfield
0207 118 1914
Categories: WFA national events and conferences
In this presentation, Jim will describe how infantry tactics had improved and how the use of artillery had become a fine art in supporting the men as they attacked.
As the battle developed it become clear that the initial success was followed by a chaotic confusion of command and control and it soon becomes evident that the development of the British Army in April 1917 had reached a point where in the battle of Arras the BEF could stage a successful assault, but there remained major issues in terms of planning and carry out the follow-up phases.
Although the performance of the soldiers carrying the fight is never in doubt, that of many of their commanders is.