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

Douglas E. Delaney

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ISBN 10: 0774833599 / ISBN 13: 9780774833592
Published by University of British Columbia Press
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Title: Capturing Hill 70: Canada's Forgotten Battle...

Publisher: University of British Columbia Press

Binding: Hardback

Book Condition: New

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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. 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.

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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. Author: Robert C. Stevenson, Official Historian, Australian War Memorial, and author of The War with Germany

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