By David Chandler
From precedent days, Europe has been formed and re-shaped by way of army campaigns concerning greater than 2000 battles. With the aid of a staff of participants, David Chandler has assembled a accomplished consultant to 245 battlefields, giving easy evidence concerning place, historic context and the target of every engagement, information of the opposing forces, casualties and end result, and an invaluable bibliography referring to every one.
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Artois lost his life along with large numbers of his cavalrymen. T h e battle is m o r e important from the military t h a n the political point of view, for it demonstrated t h a t determined 14 pikemen were more t h a n a m a t c h for unsupported cavalry. It represented the first major victory of infantry over m o u n t e d warriors since Adrianople, i ,000 years before. A. Flanders (B****) Date: Continuous fighting, 1914-18. Location: The battlefield extends from Nieuport (Belgium) to Vimy (north France); the most famous area is around Ypres.
Forces engaged: (a) Allies: 128 battalions; 253 squadrons; 100 guns. Total: 110,000. (b) French: 96 battalions; 180 squadrons; 60 guns. Total: 80,000. Casualties: (a) 24,000 killed and wounded, (b) 12,000 killed and wounded. Result: A technical victory for the forces of the Grand Alliance leading to the capture of Mons; its most lasting effects, however, were to rally French national morale and damage Marlborough's reputation in England. Suggested reading: See Oudenarde (p. 26). , Malplaquet, London, 1911.
Panzer Army's strength had been dissipated at Bastogne. S. 7th Corps cut the vital La Roche-Vielsalm road on the 7th. Next day Hitler, no longer able to deny that most of his surviving armour was in danger of being trapped between Montgomery's and Patton's thrusts, authorised Model to give up the area west of Houffalize. S. 2nd and n t h Armoured Divisions linked up at Houffalize and re-established a solid front. It was not till the end of January, however, that the last Germans were driven out of the Ardennes.