FIRST BATTLE OF CAMBRAI – WORLD WAR ONE
20th November – 3rd December 1917
This battle was an inconclusive battle that is noted for being the first to use tanks en masse.
The British army were keen to try out a masse tank attack on German lines believing that the new weapon would easily break through the German defence. Cambrai had seen relatively little action to this date and so German defences had not been breached or weakened thus proving a good test for the tank.
Supported by Newfoundland and USA
led by Sir Julian Byng
led by Georg von der Marwitz
The British success on the first day of the battle proved the worth of the tank. However, the Germans quickly recovered from their initial surprise at how easily their defences could be breached. The battle saw gains and losses on both sides which meant that the battle was inconclusive.
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