Affair at Néry 1 September 1914 (Battleground Early Battles by Patrick Takle

By Patrick Takle

Early on 1 September 1914, the Germans stunned 1st Cavalry Brigade harboring within the little city of Néry. Their preliminary bombardment brought on chaos and destruction and the British took time to prepare themselves. The activities of 2 batteries of the Royal Horse Artillery have been finally such a success that even at the present time there's a battery often called Néry Battery RHA. The Queen’s Bay’s a cavalry regiment, charged in vintage type and the Germans, who mistakenly inspiration they have been out numbered, withdrew with heavy casualties.

Of the 3 VCs, have been posthumous.

While a small engagement via later nice struggle criteria, Néry is a vintage case examine of an artillery duel and cavalry action.

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General Joffre, commanding all the French armies, ordered General Lanrezac and his Fifth Army to relieve the pressure on the British and delay the German Second Army by an attack at Guise on 29 and 30 August. Lanrezac delivered an effective and surprising counterattack on the German Second Army, which at first requested help from First Army, and then later reported a victory. The French had only intended to deliver a stopping blow to delay the Germans, so they withdrew as soon as they had halted the German advance.

Usually, for operations, each cavalry division would have attached to it one or more Jäger battalions. These were light infantry battalions, comprising four Jäger companies, a cyclist company, and a machine gun company equipped with six machine guns. I Cavalry Corps had two cavalry divisions and II Cavalry Corps had three cavalry divisions, each corps having a total of five attached Jäger battalions. Riding ahead, or on the flanks of the main armies, these two cavalry corps were switched between the First and Second Armies as they advanced through Belgium and France.

Year by year, the Plan was refined and tested in countless exercises and went hand in hand with a steady increase in the size of German forces. Eventually, in order to position strong German armies in the north of France, which would be strong enough to guarantee victory; the Plan developed from requiring a purely technical infringement of Belgium territory (in 1897) to a full-blooded invasion and destruction of all Belgium’s military defences in 1905. The Plan had two major problems. The first was that von Schlieffen struggled with the logistical problem of getting sufficient forces into northern France to be able to overcome the French field forces and occupy Paris according to his timetable.

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