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The Battle Of Loos - WW1 Battle of Loos War Records
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The Battle of Loos saw a change in Allied strategy, which up until then had been a series of small-scale assaults that achieved little or no ground gained. Loos was to be different, Kitchener's Army was deployed in strength for the first time and an ambitious plan aimed to take ground over a mile front.
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However, the battlefield was not the Allies' ideal site and the bat The Battle of Loos saw a change in Allied strategy, which up until then had been a series of small-scale assaults that achieved little or no ground gained. However, the battlefield was not the Allies' ideal site and the battle plans did not account for the lack of ammunition and artillery.
To overcome some of these shortcomings, the British deployed poison gas for the first time as they attacked, hoping to confuse and overwhelm the German positions. The day of teh attack supposedly saw the famous Footballer of Loos, a soldier, Frank Edwards, setting out into No Man's Land kicking a football to rally his men. This myth has remained an iconic image of the First World War to this day.
As the fog of war descended the first day's gains were lost over subsequent days' fighting and in the end the 'Big Push' saw little achieved with Allied losses of about 50, men. Through quotes and maps the text explores the unfolding action of the battle and puts the reader on the frontline. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages.
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More Details Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Battle Story , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Product was successfully added to your shopping cart. Details The year of had been a difficult one for the British Expeditionary Force the war that had started in August had not been over by the expected time of Christmas.
Additionally many of its original members had become casualties and replacements were difficult to find. The culmination of several attacks by the BEF in was the attack in the Loos sector in September where in a mining area north of Arras the largest British offensive of the war thus far took place.
Forced into an offensive in an area which as one senior commander put it was on 'most unfavourable ground' the BEF suffered heavy casualties and little material gain. Probably for these reasons the battles have been largely ignored and there has been a dearth of decent publications on Loos. As well as using official records and reports numerous personal stories have been woven into the account. The author's grandfather was present at Loos as a Chemical Corporal with the Royal Engineers gas units and this major new work reflects the author's passion for the subject.
Already acknowledged as the most detailed and complete account of an oft-neglected and overlooked offensive launched by the British forces in
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