Command Decisions (2004): S01E03 – Battle of Cambrai


Introduction

Match wits with the greatest military leaders and go behind the scenes of the most intriguing battles in history.

Outline

The Battle of Cambrai (Battle of Cambrai, 1917, First Battle of Cambrai and Schlacht von Cambrai) was a British attack in the First World War, followed by the biggest German counter-attack against the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) since 1914. The town of Cambrai, in the département of Nord, was an important supply centre for the German Siegfriedstellung (known to the British as the Hindenburg Line) and capture of the town and the nearby Bourlon Ridge would threaten the rear of the German line to the north. Major General Henry Tudor, Commander, Royal Artillery (CRA), of the 9th (Scottish) Division, advocated the use of new artillery-infantry tactics on his sector of the front. During preparations, J.F.C. Fuller, a staff officer with the Tank Corps, looked for places to use tanks for raids. General Julian Byng, commander of the Third Army, decided to combine both plans. The French and British armies had used tanks en masse earlier in 1917, although to considerably less effect.

Command Decisions Series

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Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 06 August 2004.
  • Rating: TV-PG.
  • Running Time: 30 minutes (18-22 minutes minus adverts).
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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