This battle & 13 others are fully described in our book 'Western Front - North'
The Battlefield Tour - this entry is a brief extract from the book.
The battlefield tour is quite short and lasts about 1 hour. A visit is suggested to the Aubers Historical Society Archives which would lengthen the tour but this must be arranged in advance.
The Fighting - this entry is a brief extract from the book.
battle of Aubers Ridge began on 9 May 1915 when the
First British Army made a two-pronged attack on the
German line that ran from just south of Neuve Chapelle
to Bois Grenier some three miles north of Fromelles.
0500 hours six hundred artillery weapons opened fire
followed forty minutes later by an infantry advance.
The southern prong consisting of the Indian and 1
Corps aimed towards Aubers Ridge while that of IV
Corps, 6,000 yards to the north, headed for Fromelles
barrage had been inaccurate and short of shells, the
German wire had not been cut and no small-arms supporting
fire had been arranged for the advance. Little or
no progress was made and by 0300 hours the following
morning all of the British troops were back where
they had started and nearly 12,000 officers
and men were casualties.
One of the many bunkers that can be seen in the area and which are shown in the book.
For the family history researcher, battlefield tourist, military historian, battlefield guide, student of military history or armchair enthusiast, this book certainly represents excellent value for money!