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14 September 1914 : Pte Ernest Scott

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Ernest was a warehouseman at Spring Mills at Wheatley Lane near Burnley prior to the outbreak of war. A pre-war reservist, he was recalled to duty on 4 August 1914 and embarked for France within a fortnight of the declaration. A veteran of the Battles of Mons and the Marne, he was severely wounded by shrapnel shattering his arm during the Battle o…


22 November 1917 : Pte Alexander McNab was killed in action on this day

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Before the war Alexander worked at West's Mill, Harle Syke but had enlisted into the 3rd East Lancs at Blackburn in 1911 and was in camp at Workington when news of the outbreak of war came through. Immediately mobilised into service, he arrived in France on 26 August 1914 and joined the 1st Bn East Lancs during the retreat from Mons. After serving…


'The Aisne Again: May 1918- the essence of Blitzkrieg' by David Blanchard

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David Blanchard 'The Aisne Again: May 1918- the essence of blitzkrieg’   2018 marks the centenary of the Aisne Battle on 27 May 1918- the greatest one day advance on the Western Front since trench warfare began in September 1914. This was a significant battle that also marked the turning point on the Western Front according to Sidney Rogerson it …


The German Army in the Offensives of 1917: Arras, the Aisne and Champagne

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By Jack Sheldon Pen and Sword 2015, £25.00, 384pp, 55 ills, 13 maps, notes and refs, 2 appendices (including selective biographical notes, bibliog, index. ISBN: 9– 781–783–463–459 Review by David Filsell This volume of Jack Sheldon’s highly–detailed series of books on the German Army in the Great War follows his usual effective model – employing…


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'The Aisne 1918' with David Blanchard

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David Blanchard will give a talk on The Battle of the Aisne.     IMAGE: Well-equipped German stormtroopers at the 3rd Battle of the Aisne in May 1918


'The Aisne Again: May 1918 - The Essence of Blitzkrieg' a presentation by David Blanchard

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David Blanchard will give a presentation titled 'The Aisne Again: May 1918 - The Essence of Blitzkrieg'.   The talk will examine the German Blucher Offensive launched in May 1918 against the Chemin Des Dames and the Aisne.


The Aisne Again: May 1918 - The Essence of Blitzkrieg by David Blanchard

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After relatively unsuccessful attacks on the Somme and the Lys, General Ludendorff sought a new sector in which to continue the heavy assaults of his 1918 Spring offensive. He chose the thinly held Aisne front between Soissons and Reims.  The German advance here was the furthest ever made, on one day, on the Western Front since the advent of trenc…


22 May 1915: Sergt John Lawton, 170e Régiment d'Infanterie

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From Stockport, Cheshire, John was born (of English parentage) on 3 January 1887. A clerk in a hat factory in Stockport from 1901 to 1911, he left his job and travelled to France. In about October 1911, as a French resident (though not citizen) he registered for the French draft and enlisted in the French Army at Epinal using his correct name and …