Battleground - Aubers Ridge by Edward Hancock

By Edward Hancock

This booklet describes the motion of nine may well 1915 while the battalions of the first department, seventh department and the Indian military attacked Aubers Ridge. Their target was once to wreck the German line and minimize the provision path to the enemy troops battling to the south opposed to a French Offensive at Vimy Ridge. In real Battleground type, the dramatic tale is informed during the activities of these desirous about the struggling with. locations and attractions are highlighted and for these lucky adequate to go to the realm there are first-class instructions and tricks on easy methods to most sensible trap the ambience.

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The momentum of the initial advance ground to a standstill and, although the British attempted in vain to renew the advance over the following three days, repeated German counter attacks pushed them back to within 800 metres of their starting line. The German Maxim Machine gun. Cleverly sited and used to deadly effect at Neuve Chapelle and Aubers Ridge. Without any meaningful gain the British had incurred 12,900 casualties. Rawlinson, an infantryman, wrote immediately afterwards: I think DH [Haig] would have been better advised to content himself with the capture of the village instead of going on with the attack on 11th 12th and 13th for the purpose of trying to get the cavalry through.

Aubrs Ridge has to be seen bearing these considerations in mind if there is to be any hope of understanding what transpired to be the sheer futility of it all. Nigel Cave Ely Place, London INTRODUCTION During the winter of 1914-1915 the Central Powers (Germany and Allies) had continually fought against the Russian army on the eastern front without conclusive advance. East Prussia had been re-occupied and the Austro – Hungarian army had some success in the Carpathians, but the Russian front remained intact and no strategic gains, so vital to successful conquest, had been accomplished.

The French army, which had incurred heavy losses in capturing part of the Notre Dame de Lorette spur at the north end of Vimy Ridge in December 1914 and, early in 1915 had lost another 50,000 men without effective gain in Champagne, suffered the loss of a further 64,000 men in the fruitless and pointless attack against the German salient at St Mihiel. General Erich von Falkenhayn. However, the French Army high command at this time was still firmly convinced that, in spite of the very heavy cumulative losses, the large army at their disposal, properly marshalled, had sufficient trained infantrymen, artillery firepower and the will, to break through the German defence line and expel the invaders from France.

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