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BerichtGeplaatst: 05 Mei 2011 3:31    Onderwerp: Aubers Ridge Reageer met quote

Aubers Ridge


Under the command of General Sir Douglas Haig, the First Army of the BEF planned an
attack that was intended to capture the low† ‐†but vital† ‐†Aubers Ridge. The ridge is close to
the village of Neuve Chapelle which had been assaulted a few weeks earlier. The Battle of
Aubers Ridge was to be a pincer movement, a northern attack being launched from the
Fleurbaix area southwards towards Fromelles, and the southern attack from Neuve
Chapelle. The battle, which was to converge at Aubers, was launched on 9th May.††
Due to a shortage of ammunition the British bombardment could only last 40 minutes; the
high explosive shells needed to destroy the German breastworks were in particularly short
supply, therefore the vast majority of the shells used were shrapnel. Whilst these were
deadly against troops in the open, the effect on troops in trenches or between breastworks
was minimal. The German defences were only lightly damaged and were able to withstand
the British assault which commenced at 5.30am. Machine guns mowed down hundreds of
British and Indian troops as they advanced. Despite the failure of the first assault, Haig
ordered another attack that afternoon. This attack also failed. Another assault ordered by
Haig that night was cancelled after Haigís subordinate generals persuaded him that such an
attack would be futile. The one day battle cost 12,000 casualties without any gains to show
for it.

Lees verder:
http://www.cwgc.org/admin/files/cwgc%20wfa%20newsletter%20may%20version%202.pdf
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BerichtGeplaatst: 05 Mei 2011 3:31    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Aubers Ridge 9 May 1915: The Unpleasant Truth

SUNDAY, 09 MAY 2010 09:31 JIM GRUNDY

The 'battle' of Aubers Ridge - it appears ridiculous to call it so - fits perfectly the stereo-typical vision of the British in the Great War: men cut down in their thousands for little or no gain, with only the bravery of the men offering any kind of distraction from the scale of the disaster.

Full article:
http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-on-land/battlefields/1267-aubers-ridge-9-may-1915-the-unpleasant-truth.html
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