Battle on the Aisne 1914: The BEF and the Birth of the by Jerry Murland

By Jerry Murland

Historian Jerry Murland locations the Aisne battles of their context, either from the BEF and German viewpoints. He highlights the early deficiencies and unpreparedness of the British military employees and logistics association in addition to friction one of the command constitution, all of which hampered potent operations.

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THE EUROPEAN-STYLE LORRY INTENTIONALLY HIT every pothole on the long, cold, uncomfortable ride. It was impossible to tell just how far they traveled, but finally they came to a stop. The back of the truck opened and a group of the soldiers climbed in. The hoods were taken off the three prisoners, then all three were thrown off the back of the truck. McCune hit the muddy ground first; Autry followed close behind. Mungo was slapped viciously before he was thrown into the muck. All three were hauled to their feet, faces covered with mud.

So these guys were drill instructors. No surprise. They were usually the type who ran these places. ” None of the men answered right away. “I might not 54 Jack Shane be authorized to tell you that, sir,” the sergeant closest to him finally replied. McCune thought a moment. This much might be true. These exercises were usually highly classified, and as such, the soldier might actually have a higher security clearance than he did. ” he asked. “You are being . . transferred, sir,” the sergeant said, speaking carefully, still ramrod straight.

Then a canvas bag was roughly put around his head. It was tied so tight, he began to choke. Then he was hauled to his feet. He was pushed out the front door of the house and Sky Hunters: X-Battalion 45 thrown into the back of the same gleaming Volvo truck. He felt the tailgate slam shut not two inches from his head. He tried to get to his feet but someone kicked him in the stomach. He went down like a sack of bricks. Then someone whispered in his ear: “The fun is just starting for you, my friend .

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