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2 October 1914 Sgt Claude Vialletelle

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Claude was serving his compulsory military service at the time of the outbreak of war. In the first week of August, he voluntarily transferred to the 298e RI and was promoted to Sergeant before taking part in the early battles in Alsace. Following these battles, he was a participant in the First Battle of the Marne before being seriously wound…


25 October 1914 : Pte Charles Dixon

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  Charles originally joined the Army in early 1904 and was a reservist still living in the town (37 Old Hall Street) at the time of his re-enlistment in Preston in August 1914. Arriving in France (Le Havre) with the 1st Battalion on 22nd August 1914, he took part in the Battles of Le Cateau, the Marne and the Aisne before falling in action …


30 October 1914 : Sdt Claude Thomas Charrondiere

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Claude recalled reservist in August 1914, he initially re-joined his original unit (90e RI) before being transferred to the reserve battalion of the 98e RI. He first saw action in the battles in Alsace in August 1914 before taking part in the Battles of the Marne and the Aisne in September. Claude was wounded in action during the attacks on the No…


The Verdun Regiment. Into the Furnace: The 151st Infantry Regiment in the Battle of Verdun 1916

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By Johnathan Bracken Pen & Sword, £25.00, 269pp, hb, 30 ills, maps, notes, refs, bibliog and index. ISBN: 978–152–671–029–1 The author is the president of a living history organisation dedicated to the French 151st Infantry whose home garrison was Verdun. Diverted from its annual summer manoeuvres several days before war was declared, the 15…


The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman

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‘Never judge a book by its cover’ or so the old adage goes. However, the cover of my edition of Barbara Tuchman’s The Guns of August suggested rather the opposite might be the case. In opening her account of the outbreak of the Great War, Tuchman chooses to go back to May 1910 and the state funeral of Edward VII. Her carefully crafted opening sente…


The 10 Decisions That Decided the Battle of the Marne - Ross Beadle

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The First Battle of the Marne fought from 6 to 12 September 1914 resulted in an Allied victory against the German armies in the west. By 9 September, the success of the Franco-British counteroffensive left the German 1st and 2nd Armies at risk of encirclement, and they were ordered to retreat to the Aisne River. The German retreat brought to an end…


ONLINE: 'Lance -v- lance 1914 - The Last Lance Actions of the Great War' by Phil Watson, Maj (retd)

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Caption: Phil Watson, lancer major turned historian, examines this historic charge and strips away the myths. About the talk: On 7 September 1914, the 9th Lancers (2nd Cavalry Brigade) conducted the last lance verses lance charge on the Western Front. It took place at Le Moncel, just outside Paris, on what would become the end of the Retreat and t…


Lance verses Lance: the Myth of Moncel with Major Phil Watson

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The Talk On the 7 September 1914 the 9th Lancers (2nd Cavalry Brigade) conducted the last lance verses lance charge on the Western Front. It took place at Le Moncel, just outside Paris, on what would become the end of the Retreat and the beginning of the Battle of the Marne. The commanding officer, and two troops of B Squadron charged a squadron f…