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Battle of Cambrai
Part of the Western Front of the First World War
Bundesarchiv Bild 104-0941A, Bei Cambrai, zerstörter englischer Panzer Mark I.jpg
German soldiers recovering a British Mark IV tank. The effectiveness of the tank in combat was limited in the extreme "Down in a Shell crater, We Fought Like Kilkenny Cats"
Date 20 November – 8 December 1917
Result Operational stalemate
Both sides achieve offensive tactical success
No strategic result
 United Kingdom
 German Empire
Commanders and leaders
United Kingdom Julian Byng German Empire Georg von der Marwitz
2 Corps
476 tanks (378 combat tanks)
1 Corps
Casualties and losses
55,207 casualties
179 tanks out of action
(British estimates)

The Battle of Cambrai was an important battle in the First World War. It took place near Cambrai, and lasted from 20th November to 7th December 1917.

This battle was the first in the war, where tanks were used on a large scale.

Cambrai was important because it was a railroad hub.

In total, about 95.000 people where killed or captured. The battle did not result in a gain of territory of either side.

Cambrai lay on the Hindenburg Line. That part of the Hindenburg line between Arras and Soissons was known as Siegfried Line

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