The Battle of Hill 70 is the next World War One battle mentioned in Angel of Mercy.
Here are some facts about the battle.
When: August 15-25, 1917
Where: near Lens, France
Who: The nations involved were
What: The major events of the battle were
- Canada Corps was ordered to attack Lens. General Arthur Currie, however, convinced his superiors that an attack on Hill 70, north of the city, would be of more value strategically because occupying the higher ground would force the Germans to counterattack.
- The Corps achieved most of its goals and would fight off 21 German counterattacks over the course of four days.
- The Corps also tried unsuccessfully to attack Lens.
Why: The attack took place because
- Pressure needed relieved on the Allies near Passchendaele. The idea was the attack on Hill 70 would divert reinforcements from the Germans.
- The battle resulted in 9,000 Canadian and 25,000 German casualties.
- The first use of mustard gas was during the battle.
Prior to today had you ever heard of the Battle of Hill 70? Leave a comment below.
Enjoyed reading this post? Join the mailing list and receive updates in your inbox whenever a new post is published. Simply enter your email address in the form on the bottom right of this page.
Latest posts by Melina Druga (see all)
- Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front - September 26, 2017
- The Committee on Public Information - August 28, 2017
- World War I Led to Prohibition - August 14, 2017