Forcing the Aisne

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THE BEF ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THE GERMANS FROM THE RIVER AISNE, SEPTEMBER 1914.

Bridges forced, west to east.

Venizel – Third Corps [Pulteney].

Missy-sur-Aisne – Second Corps [Smith-Dorrien].

Conde-sur-Aisne – strongly held by Germans, planning for a counter-attack, so an attempt not made.

Vailley-sur-Aisne – Second Corps [Smith-Dorrien].

Chavonne (river & canal) – First Corps ( Guards/2nd Division ) [Haig].

Pont-Arcy (river & canal) – First Corps ( 5th Infantry Brigade/2nd Division ) [Haig].

Bourg-en-Comin (river & canal) – First Army Corps ( 1st Division with Lomax and Cavalry Division with Allenby ) [Haig].

An analysis of the BEF units and their geographical dispositions prepared for the KCL Coalhole ‘Ride’ along the river Aisne, Champgane region, France, 7 to 10 September 2010