19/6 – “ 1St Division At Aubers Ridge “ – Simon Peaple. ZOOM
The Battle of Aubers (Battle of Aubers Ridge) was a British offensive on 9 May 1915. The battle was part of the British contribution to the Second Battle of Artois, a Franco-British offensive intended to exploit the German diversion of troops to the Eastern Front. The French Tenth Army was to attack the German 6th Army north of Arras and capture Vimy Ridge, preparatory to an advance on Cambrai and Douai. The British First Army, on the left (northern) flank of the Tenth Army, was to attack on the same day and widen the gap in the German defences expected to be made by the Tenth Army and to fix German troops north of La Bassée Canal.
The talk will focus on the experience, preparation and execution of the assault at Aubers Ridge of the individual brigades within 1st Division