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This 39 day battle ran from 9 April 1917 until mid-May and, per day, was the most costly British offensive of the war. Most people are only aware of the Canadian capture of Vimy Ridge. Few understand the taking of the ridge was a limited objective when compared with the main British offensive directly to the south. Sadly, very little is known about it when compared to the horrors of the Somme and Passchendaele. The Arras offensive showed the British Army were able to launch a successful initial assault but struggled with subsequent phases of battle and the new methodology of defence adopted by the Germans.
Jeremy Banning is a military historian and researcher specialising in the underground warfare and The Battle of Arras. He has collaborated on a number of books with Peter Barton, as well as acting as principal researcher for other books, radio and television programmes. He appeared in the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? when he showed comedian and actor Hugh Dennis around the battlefields in France and Flanders. Jeremy has also worked on episodes of the BBC Wales genealogy series Coming Home as well as various Time Team Specials. Recent historical consultancy work includes the BBC's 'The Somme 1916: From Both Sides of the Wire', 'The Somme: Secret Tunnel Wars' and 'War of Words: Soldier Poets of the Somme'. Jeremy conducts specialist research for clients and guides bespoke battlefield trips. Previous clients include the National Trust, Historic England and the British Army. Jeremy is a founding member of the La Boisselle Study Group who spent three years conducting archaeology and tunnel exploration on the Somme. He lectures widely on a variety of military subjects.
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