By Paul Kendall
The conflict of the Aisne fought in the course of September 1914 was once a savage engagement and a whole surprise for the warriors of the British Expeditionary strength who have been informed to struggle cellular wars. once they reached the north financial institution of the Aisne the «Old Contemptibles» will be stopped by means of the Germans entrenched on excessive floor armed with computer weapons, supported via heavy artillery. The allied commanders may naively ship their troops into futile attacks up uncovered slopes, without disguise to assault the German traces dug into positions at the ridges alongside the Chemin des Dames and hid via wooded area.
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They endured their baptism of fire at Mons on 23 August, fighting rearguard actions as they retreated south towards the banks of the Marne. Between 5 and 10 September they assisted the French Army in turning the tide of the war and inflicted a defeat upon German forces, compelling them to withdraw to the river Aisne. The Germans entrenched themselves along the wooded heights of the Chemin des Dames, north of the river Aisne, which is approximately 60 miles north east of Paris. It was an arduous journey for the soldiers serving with the BEF who were demoralised, suffering from exhaustion, hunger, sore backs and blistered feet by the time they reached the banks of the river.
Each assault would fail with heavy casualties and an inevitable retreat to start lines. The BEF officially lost 561 officers and 12,980 men during the battle, over ten per cent of the force. It would leave their commanders lost for a solution or strategy to deliver a decisive victory. The loss of 13,541 cas-ualties was difficult for communities in Britain to comprehend. Many homes in Britain would receive news that their loved ones had died during this awful battle via telegrams or in letters from comrades who saw them fall in battle.
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). PRIVATE THOMAS CLULOW, 2nd South Lancashire Regiment: Steven Thompson (great grandson). DRIVER THOMAS COFFIN, 11th Field Company, Royal Engineers: Kelly Howie (great niece) PRIVATE WALLACE CLISSOLD, 2nd Grenadier Guards: Martin Clissold (great nephew).