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The Road Past Monchy

Fighting the First World War at Arras, 1914–1918

by (author) Terence Loveridge

Indiana University Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2024
World War I, Strategy, Land Forces
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    Publish Date
    Mar 2024
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Terence Loveridge offers a unique look at the land and air operations around the strategic village of Monchy-le-Preux at the center of the western front during World War I. The story of the Great War is usually one of condemnation or rehabilitation of strategists and consecration of the common soldier, while the story of those who planned, directed, and led operations on the ground has generally been overlooked.

Loveridge uses experiences of junior leaders fighting around the key terrain of Monchy-le-Preux to challenge the currently accepted views and reveal that the Great War, despite subsequent impression, was a surprisingly dynamic effort conducted in an arena of constantly evolving practices, techniques, and technology. Less well known than its contemporary campaigns at the Somme, Verdun, or Passchendaele, Monchy also carries less preconceived baggage and thus offers a prime opportunity to reevaluate the accepted wisdom of the events, personalities, and understandings of the Great War.

The Road Past Monchy offers readers a unique chance to uncover the "lost" perspective of junior war leaders in a theater of war that saw almost continuous operations from 1914 through to 1918.

About the author

Contributor Notes

Terry Loveridge is a retired professional soldier, who make his home in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. His 40 years in uniform included service as an infantry officer; Chief Instructor of the Canadian Army Tactics School; Strategic Concepts Officer at NATO Headquarters, Virginia; Assistant Professor of History at the Royal Military College of Canada; and Visiting Defense Fellow at Queen's University, Kingston. He has served in most of the "intervening levels" of the military and has the scars and bruises to prove it.

Editorial Reviews

"Focusing on just one part of the 'Old Front Line' near Arras, The Road Past Monchy is a remarkable and moving story of one small place and all the men and women that passed through it over the course of four terrible years."?Nick Lloyd, King's College London, author of Passchendaele: A New History