By Arthur Conan Doyle

If ever a author wanted an creation Arthur Conan Doyle wouldn't be thought of that guy. in spite of everything, Sherlock Holmes could be the main literary detective of any age. upload to this canon his tales of technology fiction and horror, his old novels, his political campaigning, his efforts in setting up a court docket Of attraction, his poetical works and there's little room for the rest. other than he was once additionally a devoted and voluminous historian writing a lot concerning the wars in Southern Africa and the 1st global warfare. His research and outline of occasions is to be well-known and his variety is welcoming even supposing he relays occasions of significant carnage and tragedy. the following we post quantity four of his historical past of the good battle.

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Had the Germans had the spirit for a counter-attack, they would certainly have found a considerable gap in the line. The Arras Front These events were in the northern area of the Seventeenth Corps. In the southern portion, at about eleven o'clock, the reserve division came forward, and, passing through the weary ranks of the Ninth, pushed on along the northern bank of the river. The advance had already been a splendid one, the Ninth Division having 2000 prisoners to its credit, but this movement of the Fourth Division against an enemy who was already badly shaken was a very fruitful one.

Chart of Order of Battle, Arras, April 9, 1917 III. C. at Gavrelle — Operations of May 3—The Gavrelle Windmill—Loss of Fresnoy— Capture of Roeux—The long fight at Bullecourt Upon April 16 the great French offensive had broken out upon the Aisne, directed against the line of Chalk Downs which the British had learned to know so well in 1914, and aiming at that ancient road, the Chemin des Dames, which some of the First Division had actually reached in that year. The attack was very successful in the outset, a haul of prisoners and guns being secured which brought their factory to a level with that at Arras.

The total German losses during the day must have been very heavy, and they had nothing to show for it, though the British casualties amounted to some 4000, chiefly in the Twenty-ninth Division. It must be admitted that the Germans, who had been strongly reinforced in men and in guns, were fighting with great resolution on this front, and their defence and counter-attacks were equally gallant. From this date onwards until April 22, there was no particular forward movement, and every effort was concentrated upon the improvement of defences and communications.

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