Aisne 1914: The Dawn of Trench Warfare by Paul Kendall

By Paul Kendall

The conflict of the Aisne fought in September 1914 brought a brand new and savage mode of struggle to the warriors of the British Expeditionary strength, their French allies and to the German military. either officials and males have been expert to struggle cellular wars. after they reached the north financial institution of the Aisne, the ‘Old Contemptibles’ will be stopped by means of the Germans entrenched on excessive floor, armed with computer weapons and supported via heavy artillery. The British commanders might naively ship their troops on futile attacks up slopes without hide to assault the German traces dug in at the ridges alongside the Chemin des Dames and hid by means of forest.
The British didn't also have grenades. The BEF suffered 12,000 casualties. Their commanders, who weren't expert to struggle a contemporary struggle, have been misplaced for an answer or perhaps a procedure. It was once at the Chemin des Dames that the 1st trenches of the Western entrance have been dug and the place the road that will stretch from the Swiss frontier to the North Sea begun. The conflict of the Aisne observed the sunrise of trench conflict and a stalemate that may final for the following 4 years.
Wide-ranging archival study by way of writer Paul Kendall makes this the 1st in-depth learn of the conflict in print. His correspondence with surviving kinfolk of these who fought brings a human face to the poor casualty facts that will come to outline the trenches.

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