The Darkest Year

The British Army on the Western Front 1917

This book is the latest volume of Spencer Jones's award-winning series which examines the British Army on the Western Front year-by-year.
Date Published :
April 2022
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Editor :
Spencer Jones
Contributor(s) :
Gary Sheffield
Illustration :
c 30 ills, 15 color maps
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781914059988
Pages : 400
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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In this stimulating essay collection, leading First World War historians examine key aspects of the British Army’s campaign on the Western Front in 1917. It includes studies of the Battle of Arras, Third Battle of Ypres, and Battle of Cambrai, as well as examinations of British Army strategy, morale, tactics, training, and intelligence gathering. It is the fourth book in Spencer Jones’s award-winning series which examines the British Army on the Western Front year-by-year and marks a major contribution to our understanding of the Army in this controversial year.

About The Author

Dr. Spencer Jones lectures at the Centre for First World War Studies at the University of Birmingham and at the History, Politics & War Studies department at the University of Wolverhampton. His previous publications include From Boer War to World War: Tactical Reform of the British Army 1902 - 1914, as well as numerous scholarly articles.

Born in 1961, Gary Sheffield studied history at the University of Leeds, before beginning to lecture on war studies at the Royal Military Sandhurst Academy. He then completed his PhD at King’s College, London.

After finishing his studies, Sheffield moved into full-time academia, as Professor of Modern History at King’s College, and then the first Professor of War Studies at the University of Birmingham. He later moved to the University of Wolverhampton.

Sheffield has been published widely on military history subjects, with his second book, The Chief: Douglas Haig and the British Army (2011) widely commended in both academic and popular circles alike.

Sheffield currently serves as Vice President of the Western Front Association and sits on the Advisory Board of the Royal United Services Institute.

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