Other engineer squads ventured out to no-man’s-land to clear passages through the obstacle fields. Captain Black evidently went too far, for at 12.30 p.m., the Germans suddenly appeared within a few yards of Major Hillman in his trench. Another quarter mile south of the river began the Gernicourt Woods, a thick forest one mile wide and a half mile deep. The whole of IX Corps front and many back areas – railheads, ammunition dumps and the like – were drenched with gas shell. Hillman, now left by himself, doubled through the wood, but came upon six Germans talking together. The few survivors of three front line companies were knocked off the summit of the hill by 7:00 am. At 5.45am large numbers of Germans were suddenly observed from the 24th Brigade H.Q. German commanders began to appreciate the extent of the determined resistance, and briefly paused the ground attack to resume artillery fires. As a start, an infantry company found two abandoned barges. The sun started to burn off the early fog, exposing arriving German formations to Lewis machine gun fire at longer ranges. WesternFrontJuly15-1918.jpg 812 × 694; 168 KB. It is remarkable that these two men who did not know each other and had never met would be caught up in the same battle, on the same day, just a few kilometers from each other. The offensive's focus was the Chemin des Dames Ridge which was once held by the Germans in 1914 in their retreat after the '1st Battle of Marne'. C.G.Buckle, Lieut-Col”. Gas masks were hurriedly donned and anti-gas precautions taken- the entrance closed with saturated blankets, braziers lighted on the stairs. A newly assigned replacement officer began to direct machine gun fire into a bunker when he was torn to pieces by a hand grenade. Nearing the French position, he yelled with his rich tenor voice ‘a’ bas les armes! The staff captain to the brigade was taken prisoner, and General Haig, and his acting brigade Major (Capt. Lais, somewhat sympathetically, recorded the plight of these French reservists: “Scared of this red devil, the French landstrum commander could not raise his hands fast enough. Our artillery positions were also violently attacked with gas shell and H.E. 1st Sherwood Foresters He was at Berry-au-Bac when the German bombardment opened at 1 a.m., and returned at once to his headquarters to order immediate packing-up and readiness to move. These balloons were brought up very close and the German preparations for a fresh assault continued methodically and with hardly any molestation. Lais’ MG wagons also set up near the church’s high walls and occupied a house after feeding and watering their horses. Consequently, the narrative of what exactly happened, certainly before 9am on the 1st day, can only be pieced together from Brigade and Divisional war diary fragments and from individual accounts written much later. Military Operations France And Belgium 1918 Vol-III, Operation Michael                                        March 21, 1918, Operation Georgette                                  April 9, 1918, Operation Blucher-Yorck                          May 27, 1918. Hillman) was in dug-outs on the Aisne Canal a short distance west of Gernicourt, with one section, under 2nd Lieutenant H.C. Garbutt, detached near Berry-au-Bac. Stragglers and wounded coming along the canal bank reported that the Germans were advancing rapidly. A section of the hidden artillery battery, with caissons, limbers and guns colliding together, dashed out to the road only to run in to the advancing German infantry. The garrison, including the French Territorial Troops, appear to have put up a good fight, but they were surrounded and, later in the morning, were overpowered. At 10:30 am, the 1st Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment, came up from reserve positions in an attempt to slow the German advance. The intensity of the fighting was evidenced by the many dead British soldiers lying throughout the village streets. The Devonshires stoic defense allowed British engineers time to blow up five small, wartime bridges that spanned the river between Berry-au-Bac and Pontavert. On this track Hillman found an abandoned 18-pounder gun and removed the breech-block. while the XLV Brigade, R.F.A. But worse was yet to come, and at about 5:30 a.m. the left Brigade, 149th reported “enemy has broken our battle – line and are advancing on Ville au Bois”. Crowded with jostling, sweating humanity the dug outs reeked and to make matters worse Headquarters had no sooner got below than gas began to filter down. By about 5am No 4 gun had been put out of action owing to a shell splinter tearing up the guides. The section on the Royal Engineers and the Bridges is excerpted from  (and copyright of) the History of the Corps of Royal Engineers, Volume V, by Major-General H.L. Ultimately, following many Allied counter-attacks, the German advance came to a halt three days later. Colonel J.H. Shortly after, salvos of well-aimed artillery exploded on top of the British wagons and artillery sections, panicking men and horses. However, it gained great significance part because it was the first combat success of the American army, after nearly a year of preparation in France, and partly because it took place on the second day of the Third Battle of the Aisne (27 May-3 June 1918). Breech blocks were taken out to render the guns useless to the enemy and the men fought with rifles and Lewis guns, but of the whole battery only 2 Sergeants and 6 men succeeded in breaking their way through and getting back to the wagon lines. Brigade: (Brigadier-General W St G Grogan – VC) When some distance north of the town the gallant commanding officer, Lieut-Col. R.H. Anderson-Morshead, D.S.O., refused to retire further and called upon his battalion to take up a position and protect the crossing. In moments, the first and second trench lines were in German hands. Large and 2nd Lieut. Eventually being related via marriage when Arthur Slater‘s son married Alfred Edward Downing‘s niece 36 years later. 23rd Inf. British troops were tired and depleted. Leutnant Spies, after leading his storm troopers in clearing British bunkers in the Bois des Buttes that morning, captured a unique prize – a functioning British tank. 37 relations. (Commander Royal Engineers) at 8 p.m. on the 26th, Major Hillman went along the canal to verify the readiness of all his bridge-demolition parties. But tactical brilliance undermined by strategic blunders meant that the Germans won the battle but ultimately lost the war. Thus, by early morning, the remnants of the division were all across the river and the enemy, rapidly following up, was crossing the river also. They had not had the opportunity to sample British food since taking prisoners in the 1916 Somme Campaign. It is only at intervals that a clear message comes back out of the chaos and confusion which the fog necessarily produced. Lais remembered how their mouths had longed for coffee that didn’t taste like it was a by-product of German acorns. This they did, but the enemy coming in from the east along the river finally got into Pontavert itself and thus surrounded them and cut them off. Hennessy and were handed over to General Kennedy at 10pm. At the Aisne, the thousands of artillery pieces fired from their maps, in darkness, allowing the infantry to advance at first light into a battered and disoriented defence. Battles - The First Battle of the Aisne, 1914 The First Battle of the Aisne was a follow-up offensive by the Allied forces against the right wing of the German First and Second armies (under von Kluck and von Bulow) in retreat after September 1914's First Battle of the Marne.The offensive began on the evening of 12 September in the aftermath of a rather belated pursuit of the Germans. British Company, Battalion and Brigade HQs were rapidly overrun the consequence of which being that no comprehensive official record exists since papers were unsurprisingly destroyed, lost or captured in the ensuing chaos. The Second Battle of the Aisne was the main part of the Nivelle Offensive of April 1917. The Third Battle of the Aisne was a German offensive during World War I that focused on capturing the Chemin des Dames Ridge before the American Expeditionary Force could arrive in France. Elsewhere in IR 169’s advance that day, infantry companies reached the high ground near Bouvancourt, two miles further south. en In the remaining two years of the conflict, Brauchitsch took part in the Third Battle of the Aisne, the Aisne-Marne offensive, the Second Battle of the Aisne, the Battle of Armentières, and the Battle of Flanders. Tank engines were started and pitched to high levels of torque. As Lais described: “A fanatical scoundrel pulled a Browning pistol and shot Barth in the stomach, leaving him with a grievous wound. The Third Battle of Aisne May 27th-June 6th, 1918 The 3rd battle of Aisne was a part of the last major offensive launched by the Germans during WWI in an attempt to end the war before U.S. troops arrived into France. British troops had been there less than a month and were getting familiar with their new surroundings and generally fixing things to their liking after the long rather leisurely French occupation. ... wrote that the significance of the battle centres on its undermining of the Schlieffen Plan, which forced Germany to fight a two-front war against France and Russia—the scenario that its strategists had long feared. When the fighting subsided, Lais remembered pausing to reflect on the stunning battlefield landscape that left such significant milestones to his wartime service. With the Bois des Buttes finally taken, the next objective was to cross over the Aisne River and canal, just a mile to the south past the forest. Our line on the right, at the point of junction with the 7th infantry brigade, was pierced and the village of Bouffignereux was captured. The battery was carrying out its counter preparation work when the deluge from the enemy’s guns broke over it. “Dawn began to break, but no news came of any Infantry attack. Royal Engineer (RE) Field Companies: The best of these gourmet items were the dark coffee beans. Brigade: (Brigadier-General C J Griffin) rockets on the front. (Lieut-Col J.A. and had area shoots carried out upon them, with the result that by 6am most of our guns North of the river were out of action. General Husey and what remained of his HQ staff fought their way out and moved back to Gernicourt to organise its defences. Third Battle of the Aisne. The 2nd Devonshire here posted were soon in desperate straits. Operation Blücher-Yorck was planned primarily by Erich Ludendorff, who was certain that success at the Aisne would lead the German armies to within striking distance of Paris. At dusk, a large group of prisoners, described by Lais as having a more polite demeanor than those taken in the forest, gathered unguarded in the village center, waiting for evacuation to the rear. Owing to the dense mist and to the fact that nearly all units in the Outpost Zone were cut off to a man, it is difficult to reconstruct precisely the sequence of events. Colonel Buckle, whose conduct and example had been an inspiration to his men, was killed outside his Battalion HQ, but his battalion fought on and in the Battle Zone in this sector the enemy’s advance was definitely checked. One of the German leaders was the red-haired Leutnant Ries, described by Lais as being completely unflappable. The protection of the quarries enabled the battalion to withstand the German bombardment relatively intact, but with little awareness of the situation outside. Cannot hold out without reinforcements”. A German breakthrough was aided by orders of a French general to mass troops in the front line – a tactic by this date discredited. XXXIII Puddicombe, D.S.O., and another officer, Lieut. Cannot hold out without reinforcements.” Such news was startling in the extreme, but worse was still to come, for at about 5.30am the 149th Brigade on the left reported: “Enemy has broken our Battle Line and is advancing on Ville au Bois.” Thus before word had come of the brigade front being assaulted, the enemy had turned both flanks and was advancing on the Butte des Buttes.”. In the village itself were the 22nd D.L.I. Still-warm corpses were dragged to the sides of houses so wagons would have free passage. The Germans held the Chemin des Dames Ridge from the First Battle of the Aisne in September 1914 to 1917, when General Mangin captured it during the Second Battle of the Aisne (in the Nivelle Offensive). Col. Bruchmüller commanded the German Artillery in Operation Blücher-Yorck. The earth shuddered under the avalanche of missiles… leapt skywards in dust and tumult. A squad of stormtroopers, led by Leutnant Selle, were the first to charge across. The 24th Infantry Brigade, in the centre, was covered by the XXXIII Brigade, R.F.A. Advance to the Aisne. By 9:30 am, the Bois des Buttes was fully in German possession and the path to the Aisne River was clear of organized resistance. In the April 1917 battle, the fields beyond the town witnessed the destruction of 24 French tanks, one of which explored on a rainy night from the Juvincourt trenches. He devised an intense artillery bombardment which neutralised defences by disorientating or killing the majority of the defenders before the German advance went forward behind a creeping barrage. 7th Inf. He sent out Lieutenants E.H. Jacobs-Larkcom and C. Sutton with written orders to blow their bridges as soon as it became evident to them that the enemy was advancing, and that the blowing of the bridges was necessary to prevent him from crossing the river. Other articles where First Battle of the Aisne is discussed: World War I: The First Battle of the Marne: The First Battle of the Aisne marked the real beginning of trench warfare on the Western Front. The canal bridges were to be blown after the river bridges. The 1st battery was completely surrounded by 7am. The enemy drove forward thence and the Sherwood Foresters and the other defenders of the Gernicourt position were ultimately cut off. Many a similar conflict, carried to the same grim, gallant and inevitable end, must have been fought in the dim and misty dawn on that tract of country north of the Aisne, where were collected on the night of the 26th May the fighting troops of the 8th Division. An Historical Presentation Stopmotion about The 3rd Battle of The Aisne. When the enemy in like manner approached the position of the 32nd battery ( XXXIII Brigade) Major A.G. Ramsden, the battery commander, had one of his guns run out of its emplacement, so as to give it a wider arc of fire, and with it kept the enemy off at close range, the remaining gunners and N.C.O.’s assisting with Lewis and rifle fire. Within an hour, they had constructed footbridges sufficiently long enough to cross the 40 meter-wide river and canal at this uniquely narrow point. The great natural strength of the position, which must have made it a most serious obstacle to a direct assault, was thus of no avail. The 8th Border Regiment was in close support behind Roucy. With his heart pounding furiously, Spies ordered one of his men take off his shirt and wave it wildly above the tank hatch. There can be no doubt that our battery positions were known to the enemy and when his artillery was loosed at 1am all our gun positions were heavily shelled, at first with gas shells and later with H.E., or mixed with H.E. The hill was laced with underground quarries, with deep galleries that were dry and naturally protective to shellfire. The Kaiser was amused to learn that he was Welsh, the same nationality as Lloyd George.[3]. In addition, four divisions of the British IX Corps, under Lieutenant-General Sir Alexander Hamilton-Gordon, held the Chemin des Dames Ridge; they had been posted there to rest and refit after surviving Operation Michael. 15th Field Company, had taken over command, and Captain Black with some twenty-five sappers and infantrymen, was ordered to man a trench on the left, but found it occupied by Germans. Massey, realizing this, organised a system of reliefs, two gunners and one N.C.O. Ludendorff, encouraged by the gains of Blücher-Yorck, launched further offensives culminating in the Second Battle of the Marne. Due to this fact, they were sometimes referred to as, "The German Spring Offensive March–July 1918", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Third_Battle_of_the_Aisne&oldid=996370020, Battles of World War I involving the United Kingdom, Battles of World War I involving the United States, Battles of the Western Front (World War I), Articles with unsourced statements from March 2015, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Germans achieve 55 km breakthrough of Allied lines that comes within 56 km of Paris. Striking at the Allied line’s weakest point, the Chemin des Dames, they burst their way through and made quick progress towards the Marne. falling round him. 22nd Durham LI (Pioneers) Other troops continued on. Boraston & Captain Cyril E.O. The capture of Chemin des Dames need not have opened up the way to Paris. 1st Worcestershire On the morning of 27 May 1918, the Germans began a bombardment (Feuerwalze) of the Allied front lines with over 4,000 artillery pieces. The German offensive was initially a great success. Major Hillman, who had by now collected a number of stragglers and three infantry officers, disposed of his little force for the defence of the canal bank. Pascoe, M.C., Rifle Brigade, was killed while making a gallant stand. “Gas masks were instantly adjusted and about ten minutes later the rocket sentry reported S.O.S. Those who knew Colonel Buckle felt sure he would fight to a finish and never surrender. The 490th Field Company (acting O.C., Captain A.D. Black), which was working in the front line and was billeted at Le Cholera farm, turned out at 1 a.m. on the 27th to go into support under 25th Brigade arrangements, leaving bridge demolition parties under Lieutenant P. Burr and 2nd Lieutenant W.C. Leslie-Carter. A battery commander, who was an eye witness, gives the following account of the action: “At a late hour in the morning I, with those of my men who had escaped the enemy’s ring of machine guns and his fearful barrage, found the C.O. At 7am these battalions were still holding out. 112 As soon as news of the impending attack had been received, orders were issued that the bridges were to be blown at the discretion of the field company commanders on the spot. 2nd Royal Berkshire “H.E and gas in mixed doses following the preparatory gas”, says one battery report, and the enemy shooting seemed uncannily accurate. 2nd Middlesex The tanks lumbered forward, firing machine guns and cannons to dislodge the British at the edge of the forest. Lais led the MG wagons behind the courtyard structure of the La Pecherie outbuildings. Even such a message only serves to emphasize the assistance which the lack of visibility and the exposed position of our troops in the salient gave to the enemy in his attack. American … The Kaiser came to inspect the progress of the battle. The Germans resumed the infantry attacks in such overwhelming numbers that it seemed nearly impossible for the British riflemen to miss a target. The British put up a more determined stand in the third trenches, causing heavy losses on both sides. We were the victors in this murderous location because we had better gas masks.” Foreshadowing the destruction of IR 169 five months later, Lais noted how “we also had to experience our own gas masks failing in a very insidious American gas attack in late October, 1918.”. The Aisne River was now fully under German control. A few others, including the signalling officer, intelligence officer and some of brigade H.Q personnel, managed to fight their way back to la Pecherie bridge, the defence of which they organised under Captain Pratt, M.C., 1st Worcestershire. This was immediately followed by overwhelming numbers of elite, battle hardened German storm troops (Sturmtruppen) advancing en-masse still under cover of the early dawn light and thick mist. – to hold the second position. It was turned from the south west and the battle passed it by. It was a difficult journey, with the wagon convoy having been trapped within an obstacle field for over an hour before it could finally be untangled. After some four hours, word was passed along that Germans were massing on the left, and a party of thirty R.E. Pritchard. 2nd Rifle Brigade The dug outs rocked… filled with the acrid fumes of cordite, the sickly sweet tang of gas. German commanders designed 4:40 am (x+160) as the moment for the ground attack. A few miles further to his right was the desolate Winterberg, which after so much bloodshed in the summer of 1917 was finally again under German control. (Durham Light Infantry – Pioneers) and some of the 490th Field Company. As a result of this double thrust the unfortunate West Yorkshire and Middlesex were taken in rear from both flanks and cut off. In one of many instances of heroism, 20 year old Private Borne fired his Lewis gun at ‘German hordes’ while all his comrades were shot down around him. Lieutenant Otway followed safely, gathered the men together in another trench, and then, as ammunition had been exhausted, and there were no organized troops left in sight, he returned by stages with ten other ranks to the company’s transport lines. Towards the Belgium border. Button commanded their sections. Based upon the fact that all three of the 8th Division Brigade HQs were abandoned by 6am we can reasonably conclude that he was captured around about that time. For other battles of the Aisne, see, The divisions of American Expeditionary Force were double the size of those of the British, French and Germans (with a full strength of around 20,000 each). Although Lt. Col. Anderson-Morshead’s command was reduced to a handful of troops, he organized A Company and the battalion headquarters into a last stand defense on the reverse slope of the hill. At 6 a.m., 2nd Lieutenant Strong was sent out to his bridges. Refusing to surrender and preferring to fight to the last, this glorious battalion perished en-masse, its losses comprising the C.O., 28 officers and 552 N.C.O.’s and men. 2nd Northants IR 169 assembled for its role in the river assault between the Pecherie and Pontavert. 1918, Bligny, France, Germany, Marne, Reims, Third Battle of the Aisne, United States of America, Veuilly-La-Poterie. The strain on all concerned was terrific, but at last at about 6.45am the enemy’s barrage lifted clear of the position. As he neared German forward positions, he realized that tank would likely be perceived as vanguard of a British counterattack, and risk drawing friendly fire. German pioneers quickly set up more substantial bridges across the river and canal that could support wagons and vehicles. Troops of the 25th Division were already moving up to this line in accordance with corps orders. The Germans had entrenched Before continuing the further narrative of the battle it will, however, be convenient to consider what had happened to our artillery during the progress of the initial attack. 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