battle of Neuve Chapelle was the first British-initiated
offensive of the war and was prompted by French doubts
about British commitment to the conflict.
a massive but short bombardment, General Haig's 1st
Army attacked the village of Neuve Chapelle which
was taken on the first day.
von Falkenhayn's rapid movement of reserves and a
British shortage of ammunition prevented a breakthrough.
Nevertheless the British had proved that they were
truly in the war and from then onwards the destructive
artillery barrage became standard practice for the
battles to come. British causualties were about 13,000,the
battlefield tour takes two and a half hours, begins
in Bethune and visits the Portugese cemetery and memorial,
the Indian memorial, the le Touret memorial and follows
the actions at Layes bridge and the Moated Grange
using detailed directions and coloured photographs.
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