By Paul Kendall

The conflict of the Aisne fought in September 1914 brought a brand new and savage mode of conflict to the warriors of the British Expeditionary strength, their French allies and to the German military. either officials and males have been knowledgeable to struggle cellular wars. after they reached the north financial institution of the Aisne, the ‘Old Contemptibles’ will be stopped through the Germans entrenched on excessive floor, armed with computing device weapons and supported by way of heavy artillery. The British commanders could naively ship their troops on futile attacks up slopes with out disguise to assault the German traces dug in at the ridges alongside the Chemin des Dames and hid through wooded area.
The British didn't also have grenades. The BEF suffered 12,000 casualties. Their commanders, who weren't expert to struggle a latest warfare, have been misplaced for an answer or perhaps a process. It used to be at the Chemin des Dames that the 1st trenches of the Western entrance have been dug and the place the road that may stretch from the Swiss frontier to the North Sea begun. The conflict of the Aisne observed the sunrise of trench battle 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 research of the conflict in print. His correspondence with surviving family of these who fought brings a human face to the poor casualty records that may come to outline the trenches.

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