Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Not Much Change Since Napoleon.

Another misconception frequently held by people not sufficiently steeped in historical research - and that means 99% of us - is that the Great War was all about mud-filled trenches. In fact, the Great War was fought in many places around the world, and only in the northern end of the Western Front was it like that.

Of course, that's the part of the line the British army had to endure - the legendary mud of Ypres and Paschendael - so the static war looms large in British memory. But in the early part of 1914, the war in the West was a mobile affair, with cavalry units and horse artillery playing a notable part. In the East, where the Germans were fighting the Russians, the war continued to be mobile.

In 1914, British soldiers wore cloth caps, French infantry had bright red pantaloons and cavalrymen of all persuasions rode into battle with lance and sabre. By 1916, the last vestiges of the kind of warfare that Napoleon would have recognized had disappeared forever.

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