The Canadians and the Fall of Cambrai

Following their success at the Canal du Nord, the Canadian Corps could now turn their attention to Cambrai. Situated in the Nord-Pas de Calais region, Cambrai was a key logistical centre that was surrounded by an elaborate network of canals. The area was heavily occupied by a retreating German army who showed no signs of slowing their resistance. Continue reading “The Canadians and the Fall of Cambrai”

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The “Back-Bone” of German Resistance: Advance near Arras and the Breaking of the Drocourt-Quéant Line

Following a successful victory at Amiens, the Canadian Corps now turned its attention towards the northern hinge of the heavily fortified Hindenburg Line, the Drocourt-Quéant Line. Unlike Amiens, where Canadians could rely on the element of surprise and an ill-prepared German defense, the Arras sector, and more specifically, the D-Q Line, was fully manned and well reinforced. With the German Army expecting an attack, the Allied strategy was to launch a successive wave of frontal attacks to exhaust and destabilize the enemy troops.

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