Saturday, October 11, 2014

11 October 1914 (1) - With the Irish Guards

Postmark: Army Post Office, 11 October 1914
"Dearest wife, just a card to let you know I am still alive..."

"In twelve days the British Army had been driven back 140 miles as the crow flies from Mons, and farther, of course, by road. There was yet to be a further retirement of some fifteen miles south of Esbly ere the general advance began, but September 3 marks, as nearly: as may be, slack-water ere the ebb that followed of the triumphant German tidal wave through Belgium almost up to the outer forts of Paris.(The Irish Guards in the Great War, Kipling).

The Irish Guards then took part in the "Miracle" of the Marne, advancing again, retaking villages previously held by the Germans.  However, by October and the Battle of Aisne, a new type of warfare had arrived: trench warfare.

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