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  • Canadian Trench Raiding 1915-18

    Hi

    Hope this is of some interest:-

    ABSTRACT
    This study examines the tactical, strategic, and psychological aspects of Canadian trench raiding within the context of military operations, from their beginnings in 1915 to the end of the war in late 1918. Trench raiding underwent three major evolutionary phases, transitioning from small, improvised affairs, to major undertakings that mirrored set-piece battles. Within this evolutionary process, trench raids served as the laboratory where the Canadians honed their tactical doctrine and experimented with new weapon systems. Trench raiding was fundamental to the development of combined arms tactics that emerged later in the war, culminating in the
    Hundred Days offensives, and was a key reason the Canadians earned a reputation as elite "shock troops."
    http://scholars.wlu.ca/cgi/viewconte...59&context=cmh
    The original longer thesis is available here:-
    https://curve.carleton.ca/system/fil...dingduring.pdf

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    Andy H
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  • #2
    Thanks for that Andy. Interesting in particular to read about the March 1917 raids at Vimy. At that time Corporal Hitler was in the Bavarian lines opposite the Canadians. I wonder how close he came to those raids.

    I did know that raids were considered a speciality of the Canadian Corps, but I did not realize its' impact on doctrine and tactics, not just with the Canadians but throughout the BEF.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Andy H View Post
      Hi

      Hope this is of some interest:-


      http://scholars.wlu.ca/cgi/viewconte...59&context=cmh
      The original longer thesis is available here:-
      https://curve.carleton.ca/system/fil...dingduring.pdf

      Regards

      Andy H
      Hi

      For a bigger view of 'Raiding', including German and French, I would suggest reading 'Raiding on the Western Front' by Anthony Saunders, Pen & Sword, 2012. The first 'British' raids taking place in November 1914. 'Raids' of all sizes (artillery was also involved in many of these, especially to provide 'cover' for the withdrawal)continued throughout much of the war, not all being successful of course.

      Mike
      Last edited by MikeMeech; 24 Apr 16, 05:11.

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      • #4
        Material in here
        https://bookmate.com/reader/ftKQtEU1
        Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
        Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by MikeMeech View Post
          Hi

          For a bigger view of 'Raiding', including German and French, I would suggest reading 'Raiding on the Western Front' by Anthony Saunders, Pen & Sword, 2012. The first 'British' raids taking place in November 1914. 'Raids' of all sizes (artillery was also involved in many of these, especially to provide 'cover' for the withdrawal)continued throughout much of the war, not all being successful of course.

          Mike
          Indeed the War Diary of the 1/10th Ghurka Rifles briefly mentions a failed raid earlier than November
          Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
          Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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          • #6
            Canadian historian, Pierre Berton, also wrote about the Canadian trench raids and how they contributed to the success of the Canadian Corps' attack on Vimy Ridge. He noted that there were successes and failures with raids up to battalion size. Once, IIRC, he wrote that nearly the entire raiding force was wiped out.

            https://www.amazon.ca/Vimy-Pierre-Berton/dp/0385658427
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            • #7
              Worth noting that Trench raiding did not begin with WW1 - Russian trenches around Sevastopol were subject to constant raids by British and French parties 1. In the ACW Union trenches at Petersburg were subjected to harassment by Confederate raids, Lane's North Carolina Brigade being particularly known for this activity 2.

              1 Robert Edgerton, Death Or Glory, Basic Books, 2007, Page 228
              2 Earl J. Hess, In the Trenches at Petersburg: Field Fortifications & Confederate Defeat, University of North Carolina Press, 2009, Page 239
              Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
              Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Herman Hum View Post
                Canadian historian, Pierre Berton, also wrote about the Canadian trench raids and how they contributed to the success of the Canadian Corps' attack on Vimy Ridge. He noted that there were successes and failures with raids up to battalion size. Once, IIRC, he wrote that nearly the entire raiding force was wiped out.

                https://www.amazon.ca/Vimy-Pierre-Berton/dp/0385658427
                I liked Pierre Berton's Vimy too... Tim Cook has some excellent books on WW1 as well.. At the Sharp End (Volume 1 Canadians fighting in the Great War 1914-1916... Shock Troops (Volume 2 Canadians fighting in the Great War 1917-1918... https://www.google.ca/#q=tim+cook+historian+books

                Cheers, Patrick
                Last edited by SmackUm; 07 May 16, 16:52.

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