The Battle of the Somme, July-november 1916 British troops applying bandages to wounded horses, October 1916. (Credits: Imperial War Museum)

War Horse at Monchy-le-Preux – 11 April 1917

Were the cavalry the only mobile force capable of exploiting any breakthrough in the trench stalemate? Stephen Barker argues his case: Monchy-le-Preux was one of the keys to the northern end of the Hindenburg Line, giving the Germans ideal observation over any advance from the British trenches in front of Arras five miles away. Third …

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