In November 1917, the area in front of Cambrai is calm, the intact ground is perfect for the newly arrived allied tanks. English tanks are transported by railway to the Fins, Ytres, Heudicourt and Gouzeaucourt railway stations. And then quietly moved into the woods around Cambrai. They are divided into nine battalions of 42 tanks, each with an objective to reach.
A secret battle
In order not to be spotted by the enemy, the preparations were organised secretly, even the French army was not told in advance about the planned operation. At the same time allied spotting aeroplanes are in action, building precise maps of the enemy artillery positions.
The Battle of Cambrai is to be fought by the British Third Army, comprising seven infantry divisions and the Tank Corps, consisting of 3,500 men and 690 officers.
Opposite, the German Second Army is made up of three divisions at the start of the battle, comprising between 10,000 and 20,000 men.