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 an entire surprise for the warriors of the British Expeditionary strength who have been informed 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 could naively ship their troops into futile attacks up uncovered slopes, with out hide to assault the German traces dug into positions at the ridges alongside the Chemin des Dames and hid via forest.

Show description

Read or Download Aisne 1914 The Dawn of Trench Warfare PDF

Similar world war i books

Blood in the Argonne: The ''Lost Battalion'' of World War I (Campaigns and Commanders)

During this exact historical past of the "Lost Battalion" of global battle I, Alan D. Gaff tells for the 1st time the tale of the 77th department from the viewpoint of the warriors within the ranks. On October 2, 1918, Maj. Charles W. Whittlesey led the 77th department in a winning assault on German defenses within the Argonne woodland of northeastern France.

Russian Aces of World War 1

Even supposing the Russian Imperial military Air provider consisted of not more than 4 luggage (Boevaya Aviatsionniy Gruppa  – conflict aviation groups), each one controlling 3 or 4 smaller AOIs (Aviatsionniy Otryad Istrebitelei  – fighter aviation detachments) built with a number of plane kinds, its fighter pilots however gave a great account of themselves.

Seeking Victory on the Western Front: The British Army and Chemical Warfare in World War I

Looking Victory at the Western entrance examines how, within the face of the devastating firepower benefits that glossy guns provided the Germans, the British military built the skill to reclaim the offense and holiday the stalemate of the western entrance to defeat their enemy. inside of this context, Albert Palazzo demonstrates the significance of fuel war to Britain's tactical good fortune and argues that it was once a way more effective weapon than earlier historians have urged.

Richthofen: The Red Knight of the Air (Fortunes of War)

The identify of the mythical Freiherr Manfred von Richthofen – the ‘Red Baron’ – nonetheless lives on. At a time while aviation used to be in its infancy and the traditional culture of martial chivalry was once in its ultimate decline, whilst conflict on land had turn into a human hell and basically the skies remained for the Aristocracy in strive against, he used to be an emblem of honor and lethal ability.

Additional info for Aisne 1914 The Dawn of Trench Warfare

Sample text

The Schlieffen Plan was devised by German General Count Alfred von Schlieffen and involved the mass movement of four German Army Corps by rail to the German frontier. Each Army Corps would require 280 trains to expedite the mobilisation. This meant that a rigid, precise timetable had to be devised to ensure that they would be moved to the German frontier, together with supplies. These trains would travel at 20 miles per hour and there was a precise ten-minute gap between each train moving west.

French was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel the following month and was mentioned in despatches for his role in the campaign. In 1895 French was transferred to a post in the War Office where he produced a cavalry training manual and became acquainted with a junior officer, Douglas Haig. During 1897 French was appointed commander of 2nd Cavalry Brigade with the rank of temporary Major-General. At this period in his life French was facing financial difficulty and had to borrow money from his affluent subordinate, Haig, in order to pay his debts.

The Vickers machine gun was an advanced, lighter version of the Maxim, with improved mechanisms. However British soldiers did not receive adequate training in how to operate the Vickers. 303 ammunition and could fire 450 rounds a minute, but with few of these guns available, being operated by inexperienced soldiers, they did not make any impact during the early stages of the war and especially at the Aisne. If a Vickers machine gun was fired continually for an hour the barrel would be worn out and had to be replaced, a difficult operation in the heat of battle.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.81 of 5 – based on 26 votes