battle of aisne 1914

1st West Yorkshire Regiment in action at the Battle of the Aisne, 10th to 13th September 1914 in the First World War, The previous battle in the First World War is the Battle of the Marne, The next battle in the First World War is the Texel Action. During the night at Missy, the 1st Royal West Kents of 13th Brigade crossed the river in small groups, using a boat taken from the north bank by a sapper who swam across, and on five rafts constructed by the Royal Engineers. The division’s 10th Brigade deployed along the railway embankment to the west of Venizel, to provide cover in case the division was forced back across the Aisne. In view of von Kluck’s error in advancing to the south-east prior to the Battle of the Marne, thereby giving the BEF and the French 5th Army the opportunity to attack him in the flank, he was nominally subordinated to von Bülow for the German stand on the Aisne. Germans withdrew. Sir John French directed the BEF’s advance to begin at 7am with targets for the day some 5 miles north of the Aisne River, along the high ground of the Chemin des Dames road (to become notorious in the war). Those known to have served in . One is so very likely to kill one’s own men, and from wounds I have seen since, I am sure some of them were hit like that on this very occasion. The 2nd Brigade of the 1st Division assisted the cavalry in crossing the Aisne at Bourg and then occupied positions on the north back of the river, while the cavalry brigades fanned out on various missions; 1st Cavalry Brigade heading east to make contact with the French and 2nd Cavalry Brigade advancing north towards the Chemin des Dames ridge in pursuit of a retreating German column. Extracts from the personal diary of Captain C. J. Paterson of the 1st South Wales Borderers (3rd Infantry Brigade, 1st Division, I Corps). Saw service in South African War as a railway staff officer. The day began in some confusion for the BEF, the bad weather and spasmodic fighting causing units to become muddled. At about 6am at Moulins we hear a good deal of firing going on and shells begin dropping about. At the beginning of the Battle of the Aisne there was a gap of several miles between the German First and Second Armies, at the point where the BEF and the French 5th Army were advancing. The operational orders for 4th Division on the 14th September required its brigades to continue the attack to the north. The British 3rd Division suffered assaults all along its line, beating them off with heavy German casualties. The British units inflicted heavy casualties on the Germans and managed to secure the position, leaving 2nd Division with a line stretching from the area of Beaulne to la Cour de Soupir and on to Chavonne. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. Further west 3rd Division of II Corps advanced on Vailly, where the Aisne River and Canal run closely in parallel, and 5th Division of II Corps tackled the crossing at Missy, 5 miles further west. Schlieffen Plan and the First Battle of the Marne | The 20th century | World history | Khan Academy - Duration: 7:18. 15th September 1914: This area of the German line was further reinforced by the arrival of IX Reserve Corps and 7th Cavalry Division. The situation was critical, particularly due to the wide gap between I and II Corps. History of the 2nd Division 1914-1918 Volume 1 by Wyrall French 75mm field gun ready for action during the Battle of the Aisne, 10th to 13th September 1914 in the First World War. At the end of 14th September 1914 the German formations facing the BEF and the left of the French 5th Army were; II Corps, III Corps, VII Reserve Corps, 9th Cavalry Division, XV Corps, Guard Cavalry Division and 2nd Cavalry Division. Our guns opened on them at 1800 yards, and one can see a nasty sight through one’s glasses. These include information on officers, regimental histories, letters, diary entries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Great War. Total casualties. One of the officers called up to us that he wished to speak to an officer, but after the episode at Landrecies with the Guards, we weren’t having any of that. To the right of the BEF the French XVIII Corps recovered from its initial reverses earlier in the day and took Craonne. “The most ghastly day of my life and yet to one of the proudest because my Regiment did its job and held on against heavy odds. We lost severely and it was a very bad business.”. We again suffered some casualties and eventually had to retire, or rather the Companies which have gone out have to come back to our ridge again. British troops crossing a pontoon bridge built by the Royal Engineers: Battle of the Aisne, 10th to 13th September 1914 in the First World War. Several men killed. The only reserves in Vailly were the Royal Scots Greys and the 12th Lancers of the 5th Cavalry Brigade and these regiments were under heavy artillery fire. They, the 1st Rifle Brigade to their left rear and the Gunners all suffered heavy casualties, the advance halting there. 4th Cavalry Brigade: Paissy and Geny, between the BEF and the French 5th Army. The 15th Brigade crossed the Aisne by the railway bridge and reached St Marguerite early on 14th September. During the course of the battle the Germans moved fresh troops from the eastern end of their line to the west, to bolster the formations retiring behind the Aisne River in the Soissons area, whose morale was sapped by the long tiring advance followed by their precipitous retreat to the Aisne. It was along the river Aisne, however, that trench warfare started on the Western Front. The attack was to be supported by the division’s artillery. The First Seven Divisions by Lord Ernest Hamilton. Read a brief overview of the First Battle of the Aisne and the part it played in the establishment of the entrenched front lines on the Western Front. One of these is Brigadier-General Hubert Rees, who had fought as a junior officer in the First Battle of the Aisne and at Ypres in 1914 before rising through the ranks. The remaining divisional formations of artillery and other services were to follow the Guards, the heavy batteries crossing at Bourg. When they reached the north bank of the Aisne the "Old Contemptibles" would be … He als has no known grave. 6th Brigade with XXXIV Brigade RFA and 5th Field Company Royal Engineers was to cross the Aisne River at 5am, by the newly constructed pontoon bridge at Pont Arcy, pass through the positions of the 5th Brigade on the heights north of Pont Arcy, and advance to the Chemin des Dames, where it was to halt and await further instructions. And on that note, don’t be surprised if I find others that I missed, I still have a month to go before I’m caught up. The 2nd Brigade is already engaged and we are sent to the high ground to the left to assist them. The wooded slopes make the Aisne today a pretty, gentle area that belies the horrors it witnesses in the Great War. > the passage of the Aisne Cameron Highlanders advancing to the Aisne (photo by Captain Harry Baird, ADC to General Haig): Battle of the Aisne, 10th to 13th September 1914 in the First World War. Although the British were engaged along a small (15 miles), sector of the line, the engagements were brutal and casualties were high. The battle of Aisne was a allied offensive against the right wing of the German 1st army. At dusk we are ordered to move up the valley towards the T of Troyon, which we did. At around 3.30pm the 1st Cavalry Brigade moved further west to Chavonne, held by two companies of 2nd Coldstream Guards. The German VII Reserve Corps (13th and 14th Reserve Divisions) arrived from Mauberge on the Chemin des Dames on 13th September 1914, in time to meet the attack by the BEF’s I Corps and the neighbouring French XVIII Corps (5th Army). The 14th Brigade had crossed the Aisne on the 13th September and was in place on the high ground west of St Marguerite. The day continued with units crossing the Aisne to join their comrades in piecemeal attacks on well-entrenched German infantry, supported by artillery carefully posted in the hilly wooded back areas. German infantry in positions along the canal held the cavalry in check, until infantry support from the 1st Division of the BEF’s I Corps came up. British BE2 Biplane (photo taken for Captain Harry Baird, ADC to General Haig) Captain Baird is in the passenger seat: Battle of the Aisne, 10th to 13th September 1914 in the First World War. A German patrol that came to investigate was annihilated. Poor young Vernon and a few men were knocked out. At the eastern end of the BEF line I Corps suffered artillery bombardments and small local infantry attacks which were all beaten off. General Allenby’s Cavalry Division began an attack on the BEF’s right against the German positions along the Aisne in the area of Villers and Bourg, but found that all the bridges across the Aisne, as opposed to the canal, were destroyed. 14th September 1914: von Bülow’s plan was to drive the BEF’s I Corps and the neighbouring French XVIII Corps back across the Aisne River. During the morning a German aeroplane spotted British troops crowded into Missy and a heavy artillery bombardment forced the evacuation of the town for a time. The Aisne battlefield near Braisne: Battle of the Aisne, 10th to 13th September 1914 in the First World War. This turned out to be a substantial underestimate of German strength along the ridges to the north of the Aisne River. British biplane flying over the battlefield: Battle of the Aisne, 10th to 13th September 1914 in the First World War. British infantry assembling a machine gun for action during the Battle of the Aisne, 10th to 13th September 1914 in the First World War. Main attack apparently against my regiment, which is the left of our line. It held the line from the Chemin des Dames east of Cerny (with the French on the right) down past Vendresse to Beaulne. At around 3am on the 14th September, in heavy rain and mist, the battalions of 2nd Brigade attacked the German positions on the high ground to the north of Troyon, but without the support of the guns, which did not arrive in time. It resulted in an Allied victory against the German armies in the west. Short of Braye the 1st Berkshires were halted by heavy German shelling from beyond Braye. During the night of 14th/15th September 1914 the Germans closed the gap between the First and Second Armies and their immediate crisis was over. The bridges were either destroyed or extensively damaged and replacement pontoon and boat arrangements were subjected to more or less continuous German gun fire. 2nd Division’s attack began with the advance of the 6th Brigade. C Company drove them clean out. The Queen’s have been re-directed to the north-east some little time before and we are head of the Brigade. A German counter-attack from Ostel halted this advance and the Guards were left to hold their positions until dark, entrenching and bivouacking. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. During the evening the German units from the 1st Army that were still south of the Aisne withdrew across the river. Uniforms and equipment: See this section in the ‘Battle of Mons’. British RFA battery in action during the Battle of the Aisne, 10th to 13th September 1914 in the First World War. The position of 1st Division during the Battle of the Aisne. He has no known grave and is also commemorated at La Ferté. Map of the Battle of the Aisne, 10th to 13th September 1914 in the First World War: map by John Fawkes. Battle of the Aisne 1914. The attacking British infantry were repeatedly subjected to strong counter-attacks aimed at driving them back across the Aisne. The British batteries took some time to find their way onto the Paissy plateau and were reluctant to open fire, fearing to inflict casualties on the British troops as well as German. > the action of Chivy, 26 September 1914 The 7th Brigade moved forward to the pontoon bridge in Vailly but found the German artillery fire to be too heavy to cross. The guns were forced to march to Pont Arcy, some five miles to the east, under fire on several occasions, and cross there. There was almost no artillery support, due to the difficulty of finding positions for the field artillery on the north bank of the Aisne. The positions of the various BEF formations at the end of the 14th September 1914 were: Here the battle raged back and forth for the rest of the day, with reinforcing units pushed into the line as and where they were needed. Field Marshal Sir John French commanded the BEF. The two KRRC companies followed the Berks up on their flank, but neither regiment was able to make headway against the rows of German trenches dug into the side of the ridge, supported by heavy gunfire from well positioned field guns and heavy howitzers. Based on extracts from the Regimental Chronicles of The Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry Vol 24 1914-1915 On the night of the 12th the opposing forces were within the Aisne area, but it was not until the 13th that the British crossed the river. The whole area was covered in thick fog. Very nice. Communications from Sir John French to General Joffre acknowledged that the Germans were no longer retreating, and that it would be necessary to carry out a set piece attack on the German positions along the north bank of the Aisne River to reach the Chemin des Dames ridge. Nothing very bad at present and she is able to go on carrying my stuff. At around 9pm the 14th Brigade marched to the 60 man raft at Moulin des Roches and spent the night crossing to the north bank of the Aisne. General von Moltke was relieved of his duties as Chief of Staff of the German Army (effectively the Commander-in-Chief, although that position was formally held by Kaiser Wilhelm II), and replaced by Lieutenant General von Falkenhayn, the Minister of War. Jenkinson, the Brigade Major, is killed, poor fellow, and soon afterwards we begin to suffer in the wood, chiefly from ricochets. 14th September 1914: 3rd and 5th Cavalry Brigades: on the south bank of the Aisne River between Chassemy and Augy. They have been fed by the Germans and looked after, but have been there for two days. The Chemin des Dames ridge remained the immediate goal for the Allied attack along the Aisne. II Corps: (Smith-Dorrien): 3rd and 5th Divisions B and C hustled up to support, and soon the whole place alive with bullets. The 1st King’s came up on the right between the 1st Berks and the two companies of 1st KRRC, with the rest of 1st KRRC on the western flank, and the advance was resumed, supported by divisional artillery firing from the edge of the ridge south of Moussy. 14th and 15th Brigades and 4th Division between Sainte Marguerite and Crouy. See this entry on the Battle of Mons. His brigade at dawn captured the heights on the north side of the river in a bayonet charge, the surprised Germans not staying to contest the position. As this attack moved forward the Germans launched a heavy counter-attack on the 8th Brigade, positioned on the Jouy Spur, supported by enfilading machine gun fire. German casualties are unknown but are likely to have been in excess of 10,000 killed wounded and captured. Thanks to the Great War channel on youtube, I discovered that I missed a battle in my attempt to chronologically cover WWI. The Grenadier Guards in the Great War of 1914-1918 Volume 1 by Ponsonby The attack penetrated across the crest of the ridge where it foundered against the German entrenched positions. The First Battle of the Aisne (13-28 September 1914) marked the end of mobile warfare on the Western Front and the start of the period of static trench warfare that would last until 1918 (First World War). Apparently, WWI timelines and history.com don’t cover every single battle.Too bad. Account of the Battle of the Aisne, 10th to 13th September 1914: In both towns Royal Engineers came up and began the work of restoring the bridges. German cavalry advancing to the Aisne: Battle of the Aisne, 10th to 13th September 1914 in the First World War. The CO asked the Welsh Regiment to deal with this, which it did. At around 8am the GOC of the 1st Division, Major-General Lomax, fearing that the Germans were preparing to launch a strong counter-attack against his 2nd Brigade, requested the Cavalry Division to cover the right flank of the 2nd Brigade. After the British retreat after the Battle of the Marne. The 14th and 15th Brigades experienced considerable difficulty fighting through Missy, due to heavy German artillery bombardment and machine gun fire from trenches protected by barbed wire. During the night the Royal Engineers worked to establish two new crossings at Vailly and begin work on the badly damaged bridge at Missy. We crossed the river with shells dropping around us. Captain Wright Royal Engineers received the VC for his conduct at the Battle of Mons and in ensuring the crossing of the Aisne by the 5th Cavalry Brigade at Pont Arcy on 14th September 1914, during which he was killed. I Corps: (Haig): 1st and 2nd Divisions plus 18th Brigade attached from 6th Division 1st Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders marching past King George V in June 1914 at Aldershot before the Great War: Battle of the Aisne, 10th to 13th September 1914 in the First World War. The BEF was at this stage in the campaign in France heavily dependent on reconnaissance by the aircraft of the Royal Flying Corps, to provide information on the whereabouts and movements of the opposing German formations. British 8th Brigade crossing the broken bridge over the Aisne at Vailly on 13th September 1914 by the single plank: Battle of the Aisne, 10th to 13th September 1914 in the First World War. As D Company was leading the wood a melanite shell burst at head of 1 Platoon. Additionally the KRRC was subject to enfilade machine gun fire. We were able to reorganise more or less, except for D Company’s far advanced trenches, and those we searched at night and found James wounded, Sills and Welby killed. German entrenched position during the Battle of the Aisne, 10th to 13th September 1914 in the First World War. The Allied pursuit had been slow, hampered by fatigue, stretched supply lines and German rearguard actions. The German battalions were badly mauled and the brigade commander mortally wounded. The Battle of the Aisne fought during September 1914 was a savage engagement and a complete shock for the soldiers of the British Expeditionary Force who were trained to fight mobile wars. The Official History of the Great War by Brigadier Edmonds August-October 1914. The first casualty is my mare who was shot in the head. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. By the end of the 13th September the German formations facing the BEF were; part of II Cavalry Corps (the Guard and 2nd Cavalry Divisions), VII Reserve Corps, III Corps and 34th Brigade (from IX Corps). • Private William Fuller of 2nd Welch Regiment won his VC for rescuing his wounded officer, Captain Mark Haggard, carrying him back a mile to a dressing station. This was frustrated by the additional entrenchments dug by the Germans and the heavy artillery bombardment put down by the Germans on the assaulting troops. We then spent the night in trenching our position, and at dawn a force of enemy was seen advancing. On the right flank of the BEF, the failure of the attack by the 3rd Division left the 2nd Division in an exposed position, further forward and with a large gap between the two formations. French infantry attacking a retreating German gun battery: Battle of the Aisne, 10th to 13th September 1914 in the First World War. 12 – 15 September 1914: the Battle of the Aisne. He joined the regiment after graduating from Sandhurst in September 1913. Casualties at the Battle of the Aisne: Never has the 24th surrendered yet, and in spite of casualties the rest of the Regiment stuck to it and fought as Englishman and 24th men could fight. BATTLE OF THE AISNE, 12 - 15 SEPTEMBER 1914 | Imperial War Museums Do you have 5 minutes to help us improve our website? We have lost men and officers, but have again won a name for doing what it is our duty to do and in this case we held a very important line without giving a yard.”. On the left of the BEF the remaining two infantry divisions, the 5th (of II Corps) and 4th (of III Corps) fought a separate battle, due to the barrier imposed by the Chivres promontory, immediately north of Missy. The French had no heavy artillery in the area and were unable to progress beyond Soissons and the attack by the 5th Division was heavily bogged down. First Battle of the Aisne The First Battle of the Aisne (French: 1re Bataille de l'Aisne) was the Allied follow-up offensive against the right wing of the German First Army (led by Alexander von Kluck) and the Second Army (led by Karl von Bülow) as they retreated after the First Battle of … The 1914 Battle of the Aisne, officially from 12 – 15 September, came about as a result of the German retirement from the Battle of the Marne, which took place further south as the huge conscript armies of France and Germany jostled for position almost within sight of Paris. 2nd Division (I Corps): Beaulne to Chavonne. The flanks of the 4th (Guards) Brigade of I Corps and 9th Brigade of II Corps were in the air. General and Staff Captain of an Brigade Major, and one or two NCOs and men have got away, the rest were missing the next morning and have just been found by some of our search parties some distance ahead of our position. German field observation ladders: Battle of the Aisne, 10th to 13th September 1914 in the First World War. The cavalry crossed the pontoon bridge at Vailly in single file. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. I have a horror of a night firing. This was considered to be the most successful part of the battle for the BEF and was attributed to General Hunter-Weston’s enterprise. General Joffre, the French Commander-in-Chief, ordered the French 5th Army with General Conneau’s cavalry corps, positioned to the east of the BEF, to continue the advance beyond the Marne, and the French 6th Army, positioned to the north-west of the BEF, to continue its advance to the north-east. German heavy howitzer during the Battle of the Aisne, 10th to 13th September 1914 in the First World War. The other battalions of the brigade, especially 1st Northumberland Fusiliers, suffered heavy casualties, and the brigade was forced back, some of the Lincolns re-crossing the Aisne. Richards is hit in the arm and leg. This was only achieved by around 4.30pm when it was found that the confusion of the units was so great that the attack had to be called off. At the same time the division’s 14th Brigade with 121st Battery RFA escorted 17th Company Royal Engineers to a site called ‘Moulin des Roches’ between Missy and Venizel, where the Royal Engineers spent some hours constructing a raft to cross the Aisne. With the reduction in German artillery fire the 5th Cavalry Brigade and XL Brigade RFA re-crossed to the south bank of the Aisne. During the morning of the 15th September 1914 Field Marshal Sir John French instructed his various Corps to entrench the positions they then held, so as to hold out against the attacks it was expected the Germans would now launch. I have no doubt that they really did wish to surrender but they must do it properly as one man did this morning and march up with his hands above his head and no arms upon him. The Long, Long Trail website uses cookies only to make sure the site works and to improve your experience as a user. The Germans had held the Chemin des Dames Ridge from the First Battle of the Aisne in September 1914 to 1917, when General Mangin captured it during the Second Battle of the Aisne (in the Nivelle Offensive). Although several of the 4th Division’s artillery batteries crossed to the north side of the Aisne, there was such difficulty in finding fire positions that the GOC of the division expressed extreme reservations on any advance unless it was in co-ordination with similar advances to his left by General Manoury’s French 6th Army and the 5th Division to his right. German infantry positioned in a ditch: Battle of the Aisne, 10th to 13th September 1914 in the First World War. At around 10.30am, while 3rd Brigade deployed in support of 1st (Guards) Brigade, a German counter-attack comprising three battalions of the German 25th Reserve Brigade developed towards Vendresse. 5th and 4th Divisions lost around 500 men killed wounded and missing Battle of Aisne, 1st 1914. Background: See this section in the ‘Battle of Mons’. In the operations between 13th and 15th September 1914 BEF’s I Corps suffered casualties of around 3,500 men killed wounded and missing. There are:33 items tagged Battle of Aisne, 1st 1914 available in our Library. German artillery on manoeuvres in 1905 by Becker: Battle of the Aisne, 10th to 13th September 1914 in the First World War. Generaloberst von Bülow commanded the German Second Army. British attacks are repelled and both sides dig in: for the British, the Aisne was the root of trench warfare. 22nd-28th September 1914. The allied crossings in Venizel and Soissons were subjected to fire from German artillery of the heaviest calibres so far encountered in the War; howitzers of 8 inch and 5.9 inch, firing from 3 batteries positioned on the Chivres ridge to the north-east of Missy. 5th Division (II Corps): from Missy to Sainte Marguerite. Other means of crossing the Aisne were identified. We were told we were to hang on at all costs, and at all costs it had to be. The 14th and 15th Brigades reformed and entrenched along a line from St Marguerites to beyond Missy. The 4th division spent the day digging itself into the positions it was holding, suffering casualties from German fire. German officers in a position on the Aisne: Battle of the Aisne, 10th to 13th September 1914 in the First World War. To the west the 5th Division spent the day making a further attempt to take the Chivres spur. A German battalion occupied Cerny and sentries were posted near the Coldstreamers. The German positions facing the 4th Division were heavily entrenched and strongly supported by artillery and machine guns. The 2nd Division of I Corps advanced on Chavonne and Pont Arcy. Here we stay firing and being fired at for some 8 hours and then another effort. The Germans failed to drive the BEF and the French back across the Aisne River, but the BEF and the French failed to take the Chemin des Dames plateau. The Battle on the Aisne in September/October 1914 is often overlooked, coming as it did between the epic fights of the Marne and Ypres. Though I do not ride her. Unfortunately Captain Haggard did not survive the battle. Short and sharp. The Division arrived in time to reinforce the hard-pressed BEF on the Aisne, before the whole army was moved north into Flanders: 1914 The actions on the Aisne heights The Battle of Armentières. When a German attack seemed to be developing a single company of 2nd Royal Dublin Fusiliers went forward and dispersed the attack with heavy accurate rifle fire. The infantry positions of each side were now entrenched, making attacks increasingly difficult, particularly in view of the extensive and searching artillery cover over the Aisne valley. 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For the BEF the 15th September was a day largely of German, rather than British, attacks. Poor devils. III Corps: (Pulteney): 4th Division and 19th Infantry Brigade, This battle includes the tactical incidents Another mail arrives with several letters for me. The First Battle of the Aisne (French language: 1re Bataille de l'Aisne) was the Allied follow-up offensive against the right wing of the German First Army (led by Alexander von Kluck) & Second Army (led by Karl von Bülow) as they retreated after the First Battle of the Marne earlier in September 1914. We are then on the road moving north. 41 year-old Major Glynn Everard Earle Welby, officer commanding D Company, had been serving with the regiment since December 1893, and had seen service in the war in South Africa. No personal details are collected. The railway bridge was unusable, but a single plank remained in place across the road bridge. Joffre pursued German retreating forces: "victory is now in the legs of the infantry." The following formations remained on the south bank of the Aisne: Battles - The First Battle of the Aisne, 1914 The First Battle of the Aisne was a follow-up offensive by the Allied forces against the right wing of the German First and Second armies (under von Kluck and von Bulow) in retreat after September 1914's First Battle of the Marne. This attack was met by an artillery barrage from 46th and 113th Batteries RFA, able to fire by the fog lifting, from positions around Moussy to the south-west of Vendresse. The indications were that, after its long retreat to the Marne River and then to the Aisne River, The German army intended to defend the line of the Aisne. Captain Wright Royal Engineers awarded the Victoria Cross for his conduct at Mons and the Aisne. Illustrated … But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. 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