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Aug 8 marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of #Amiens. This battle ushered in the #HundredDays offensive and saw some of the most decisive victories of the war #thread 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼
Photograph is: "Scene at Field Ambulance Dressing Station," by William Rider-Rider, August, 1918. LAC MIKAN 3397054 #Amiens100
The Hundred Days also saw the culmination of William Rider-Rider’s career as Canada’s third and final official photographer. (seen here in: [Portrait of William Rider-Rider, ca. 1917, unattributed, @I_W_M © Q 113992).
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Intrigued by #Amiens100 but want to find out more about the battle and its contribution to the end of #WW1? This thread will provide a few recommendations to get you started...
John Terraine, 'To Win a War: 1918, the year of victory' (1978). Terraine made his name as one of very few historians to question the dominant narrative of the war as a futile bloodbath overseen by incompetent, obstinate 'donkeys' during the 1960s. 'To Win a War' represents...
Terraine's argument in its clearest form, building upon nearly two decades of refinement. However, it is largely based upon published accounts rather than archival material, and covers 1918 as a whole rather than just the Hundred Days. For those seeking a readable alternative...
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100 years ago on the first day of the Battle of Amiens, a lone Whippet tank penetrated to the rear of the German lines where it roamed for ten hours, causing major damage and enormous confusion. #Amiens100
The following text is largely a contemporary account, based on the tank commander's own words, as recorded in the book "Fighting Tanks – An account of The Royal Tank Corps in action 1916-1919", published in 1929 and edited by G. Murray Wilson.
On 8th of August, Lt CB Arnold, gunner C Ribbans and driver WJ Carnie climbed into their tank named Musical Box, one of 8 tanks in the unit. At 0420 the formation departed, passing Villers-Bretonneux. The other 7 whippets all bogged down, leaving Musical Box on her own.
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