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Major and Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide Books And Maps
Major and Mrs Holt's
Battlefield Guide Books and Maps - Chemin des Dames
Major and Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide Books And Maps

Illustrated battlefield guide books and maps of the Western Front South

 



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The Battlefield Tour

This is one of 12 battlefield tours described in detail in our  book Western Front-South which contains 390 coloured pictures and 14 maps in 370 pages. The book describes a battlefield tour of about 8 and a quarter hours with precise directions, pictures and details of memorials and cemeteries.

 

The Fighting - this is a brief summary

The battles of Chemin des Dames are generally defined for three dates - 16 April 1917, 23 October 1917 and May to November 1918.

We examine the April 1917 Nivelle offensive that he had heralded as a forthcoming victory but which ended in failure and with his dismissal. Many French soldiers mutinied and some were executed though what had happened was kept secret for a long time. French battle casualties are estimated at 187,000.

The attack had involved around 1 million men, some 200 tanks and spotting and fighter aircraft. Unfortunately, despite the introduction of the 'Creeping Barrage' behind which this enormous force was to advance the Germans knew that it was coming. The Kaiser sent a message to the Crown Prince of Bavaria  commanding the German defenders.

'The great French infantry attack is hourly awaited ... all Germany is expectantly watching her brave sons ...my thoughts are with them'.

In pouring rain and unprotected by the Creeping Barrage which had moved too quickly and outpaced the infantry, just two weeks later the French infantry began to mutiny.

At the top above is the entrance to the Italian cemetery at Soupir. On the immediate left is the  dramatic memorial by Haim Kern to the Dead of the Chemin des Dames and far left is the elegant column of the 1st Loyal N Lancs at Cerny.at

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The Western Front North Guide Book

Why not get the Companion volume too and cover over 25 battles along the Western Front.

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