Aisne 1914 The Dawn of Trench Warfare by Paul Kendall

By Paul Kendall

The conflict of the Aisne fought in the course of September 1914 used to be a savage engagement and a whole surprise for the warriors of the British Expeditionary strength who have been educated to struggle cellular wars. after they reached the north financial institution of the Aisne the «Old Contemptibles» will be stopped via the Germans entrenched on excessive floor armed with computing device weapons, supported by means of heavy artillery. The allied commanders might naively ship their troops into futile attacks up uncovered slopes, without disguise to assault the German strains dug into positions at the ridges alongside the Chemin des Dames and hid by way of forest.

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H. HABGOOD, 9th Field Ambulance: The Right Reverend Lord Habgood (son). PRIVATE HEYS, 1st King’s Liverpool Regiment: Mrs S. Palin (granddaughter). RIFLEMAN JOHN ILES, 2nd King’s Royal Rifles Corps: Keith Iles (grandson). PRIVATE ERNEST KEATES, 2nd Royal Sussex Regiment: Mary Miles (great niece). SERGEANT ARTHUR LANE, 2nd Coldstream Guards: Arthur Lane and Brian Lane (sons). PRIVATE MICHAEL LEE, 1st Cameron Highlanders: Maureen McAuley (great niece). SERGEANT WALTER LEDBURY, 1st Loyal North Lancashire Regiment: Shelia Linton (relative).

The impassable Western Front demonstrated that both sides were unable to win a modern war. It would take four years for the Allies to find a way of making a decisive breakthrough. The German Army was not strictly a single unified force. Each monarchy, such as the Dukedom of Baden, had its own army, though the Kaiser was commander-in-chief. Dfferent units even had their own seitengewehr (bayonets). (Author) The British Army from which the BEF was drawn had a strength of 250,000 in 1914, 50 per cent serving overseas in the colonies.

These howitzers could reach targets not reached by flat trajectory guns. The German defences, concealed from the eyes of the BEF along the wooded ridges, would prove impregnable. Waves of British soldiers advanced uphill through muddy beet fields, as heavy rain blew into their faces and shell fire of an unprecedented magnitude was brought down on them. The first day of the Battle of the Aisne was 14 September; it would last until the end of the month. The Battle of the Aisne was significant because it brought the war of movement to an end.

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