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Aisne 1914 by Jerry Murland

The 1914 Battle of the Aisne, officially from 12 – 15 September, came about as a result of the German retirement from the Battle of the Marne, which took place further south as the huge conscript armies of France and Germany jostled for position almost within sight of Paris. By the time the British arrived on the Aisne, the battle line stretched some 150 miles from Noyon in the west to Verdun in the east and it was only along a tiny fifteen-mile sector in the middle that The British Expeditionary Force was engaged. However, it fought bitter engagements, which took place in difficult conditions and casualties were heavy. The Aisne fighting was the final attempt by the allies to follow through from the success of the Marne. It also marked the successful establishment by the Germans of a sound defensive line on this part of the front.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781591895
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 06/19/2013
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jerry Murland followed a successful career as a teacher, and since retirement has devoted his time to researching and writing on the two world wars. His books include Retreat and Rearguard 1914, Battle on the Aisne 1914, Aristocrats Go to War, Retreat and Rearguard: Somme 1918 and Retreat and Rearguard: Dunkirk 1940. He has also written two ‘Battle Ground Europe’ publications and is co-author of the Battle Lines guidebook series to the Western Front 1914–18.

Table of Contents

Introduction by the Series Editor 6

Acknowledgements 7

Author's Introduction 9

Chapter 1 The German Army on the Chemin des Dames 23

Chapter 2 The 4th Division 29

Chapter 3 The 5th Division 41

Chapter 4 The 3rd Division 55

Chapter 5 The 2nd Division 73

Chapter 6 The 1st Division 91

Chapter 7 Stalemate and the 6th Division 109

Chapter 8 The Tours

Using the Guide and Advice to Visitors 133

Car Tour 1 - The left Flank 138

Car Tour 2 - The Right Flank 148

Walk/Bike Route 1 - La Montagne Farm 171

Walk/Bike Route 2 - Rouge Maison Farm 177

Walk Route 3 - Old Cerny Village 181

Walk/Bike Route 4 -Chemin des Dames and Paissy 184

Appendices 189

Bibliography 202

Index 205

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