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 expert 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 flooring armed with computing device weapons, supported through heavy artillery. The allied commanders could naively ship their troops into futile attacks up uncovered slopes, without 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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I thank them for their generosity and for allowing me to pay homage to their brave forebears. LANCE CORPORAL ALFRED ALDRIDGE, 2nd Royal Sussex Regiment: Neil Aldridge, (grandson). PRIVATE JAMES BALLARD, 2nd Royal Sussex Regiment: Paul Ballard (grandson). PRIVATE HERBERT BARKS, 1st Coldstream Guards: Trudie Brace (great granddaughter) PRIVATE ERNEST BUCKLAND, 2nd Coldstream Guards and Private William Buckland 1st Coldstream Guards: Dick Monk (relative) SERGEANT ARTHUR BURCHETT, 3rd Coldstream Guards: Keith Burchett (great nephew) and Debbie Jackson (great niece).

These men were conscripts. 9 million men. The German Army was also of course formed of conscripted men. On reaching the age of 17 German males were liable for conscription to serve between two to three years in the army. After completing this mandatory service they joined the reserves. The European armies were dressed in the uniforms of the previous century. British officers, like French and German officers, continued to carry swords during the first months of the war. The officers and men serving with the French Army wore blue tunics, bright red trousers and red caps covered with a blue cover, easily identifiable targets for German machine gunners and snipers.

While it is perfectly possible to follow the narrative without reference to these, it is hoped that they will provide the reader the opportunity to take time to reflect upon their lives and their sacrifice. The short entries are intended to be a kind of wholly inadequate memorial to these men in themselves. I am indebted to all the following relatives who have kindly provided photos and information, as well as giving their time to review the relevant draft pieces. I thank them for their generosity and for allowing me to pay homage to their brave forebears.

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