By Edward Hancock
This e-book describes the motion of nine may perhaps 1915 whilst 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 lower the availability path to the enemy troops struggling with to the south opposed to a French Offensive at Vimy Ridge. In precise Battleground type, the dramatic tale is instructed throughout the activities of these fascinated by the struggling with. areas and sights are highlighted and for these lucky adequate to go to the world there are first-class instructions and tricks on find out how to top catch the ambience.
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Dependable fuses and chemical sophistication had not been sufficiently developed by the British to produce fully efficient high explosive (HE) shells for general use, a deficiency which would be cruelly exposed during the battle. The British Expeditionary Force commander at the time of the Aubers Ridge offensive was Field Marshal Sir John French, his Army commanders being the then General Sir Douglas Haig, First Army, holding Cuichy to Bois Grenier (including Aubers Ridge), and General Sir Horace Smith-Dorien, Second Army, the Ypres area.
Haig, no doubt encouraged by the sudden optimism of the French army command, chose to overlook or ignore the threats posed by these changes and proceeded with his preconceived plan of attack based on the breakthrough at Neuve Chapelle in March, totally convinced that the pressure of his superior numbers would this time ensure complete breakthrough and success. General Sir James Willcocks Rawlinson added his own concern regarding specific newly constructed strong points, and the extensive dugouts, but Haig still recognised no need to amend his plan, displaying the traits of stubbornness, inflexibility and self belief, which would be often and expensively repeated throughout the course of the war.
Writing in the 1930’s Private Frank Richards D C M, M M recalled the primitive conditions in this sector in early 1915, cold and plagued by never ending water and mud. Hard frosty weather was preferred – easier to move about and to keep warm – and shirts could be hung out at night in an attempt to freeze out ‘the crawlers’. He remembers there being plentiful supplies of sandbags, barbed wire, duckboards and other trench materials, and that a regular ration of coke could be collected from rear stores – across a ‘corduroy’ track snaking back across the ground, there being no communication trench.