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The Battle of Neuve Chapelle (Hardback)

Britain’s Forgotten Offensive of 1915

Military > Frontline Books > Frontline: WWI WWI > By Year > 1915

By Paul Kendall
Frontline Books
Pages: 288
Illustrations: 32
ISBN: 9781473847187
Published: 31st May 2016



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After the reverses of 1914, the French and British commanders were determined to turn the tables on the Germans and take the war to the enemy. A major combined offensive was planned in the Artois region of France but the French had to cancel their part in the operation. This did not deter the commander of the British Expeditionary Force, Sir John French, and on 10 March 1915, the British attacked the German positions centred on the village of Neuve Chapelle.

In what was the first British planned offensive of the First World War, the attackers overran the German lines and almost achieved an unparalleled breakthrough. Only a lack of artillery shells and a breakdown in communications prevented the British First Army under General Haig from taking full advantage of the unprecedented success.

The battle demonstrated how trench systems could be penetrated and set the pattern of warfare on the Western Front for the next three years, with the Allies seeking to achieve that elusive breakthrough which slipped through their fingers at Neuve Chapelle. The shortage of shells was seen as a ‘scandal’ which brought down the Liberal Government.

Maps and a section of black-and-white photographs illustrate the author’s interesting account of the British offensive and German counterattacks in this 288-page, hardcover book.

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About Paul Kendall

Educated at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, where he also served as an Honorary Midshipman with the University of London Royal Naval Unit, PAUL KENDALL is a military historian and author from Kent specialising in the First World War.

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