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9 APRIL – 16 MAY 1917

9 APRIL – 16 MAY 1917 THE BATTLE OF ARRAS In the spring of 1917, the Allies launched a major offensive against the German Army on the Western Front. British Empire troops attacked the formidable German defences around Arras. Fighting through snow and icy mud, they made significant advances and the Canadian Corps took Vimy Ridge. But the battle soon became a bloody stalemate. Over 38 days, some 300,000 servicemen on both sides were wounded, missing or killed. The British Army suffered an average of 4,000 casualties every day – a higher rate than any other British offensive on the Western Front. For many, the fighting they experienced at Arras was the most brutal of the war. British soldiers move up to the front near Arras, 29 April 1917 Ernest Brooks © IWM Q 2105


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