The Ypres Salient - CWGC

The German guns opened up a little after 6.30am (just after first light) and the barrage grew in intensity between 8 and 9am when the infantry assault was launched. Some idea of the effects of this terrible ordeal on the defenders was provided by the British Official Historian: ‘For the infantry in the front line and the fighting staffs there was nothing to do but lie at the bottom of the trenches and in the holes in the ground, which, when they had a few planks, a door, or some branches, and a few inches of earth over them, were in those days called ‘dug-outs’...The bombardments of 1914 were not of the severity experienced in later years; but, on the other hand, there was practically no cover in the trenches and absolutely no shell-proof cover.’ ('Military Operations. France and Belgium, 1914' (Volume II), compiled by Brigadier-General Sir James E Edmonds, London, Macmillan, 1925; p.421 and footnote).

BACK TO MAIN TEXT

 
 
Home  |  About CWGC  |  Site Map  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Ts & Cs  |  Credits  |  Accessibility