The second of the new season of 'Virtual Tours' is now available.
Essentially, Aubers was a one day battle, in the form of a pincer attack at Richebourg in support of the French attacks at Vimy and Notre Dame de Lorette. Described as both an “unmitigated disaster” and “a serious disappointment” by the Official Historians, 100 years on we find very little more has been written to nullify that description or perception.
It is difficult to present this battle to fit the current narrative of 'the BEF learning curve' and 'capable charismatic Generals' and a war winning Tommy. Staggeringly high casualties and political fall out are two more of the results of this abysmal episode.
Focusing more on the southern attack, tour guide and historian Julian Whippy will take you across the rather flat virtual battlefields and explain some of the reasons for the disappointment and certain disaster.
The tour is absolutely free to members and there are no restrictions on numbers. All you need to do is to log into the page via the members area of the website and go to 'Virtual Tours'. Alternatively you can go directly to the page via this link Aubers 1915. Deadlock, Disappointment and Disaster
Please note: this is the 'members area' of the website, so you will need to use your personal username and password.
If you can't remember your password, in the first instance, using your email address as the username click 'forgotten password' and then the 'reset password' button. This will generate an email to you which will provide a new temporary password. If it does not arrive please check your 'spam' folder.
If this process does not work, it is more than likely that your email is not recognised; in this case please contact Maya in the WFA office on firstname.lastname@example.org
It is also possible to watch all of last year's tours via the same link.