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.
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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.