Gun Fire (Number 23), edited by A.J. Peacock

Gun Fire (Number 23), edited by A.J. Peacock

Gun Fire (Number 23), edited by A.J. Peacock

A5 size booklet, 56 pages. (N6454X1)

Interestingly, an earlier edition of the journal explained the origins of the slang phrase 'Gun Fire', detailing how it was a term for the early cup of tea served out to troops in the morning before going on first parade. In the War recruits in training always had Gun Fire supplied to them, as the work before breakfast was often particularly gruelling.

For two days and a half, Maunoury and von Kluck battled indecisively, but without respite, at the very gates of the French capital, and as night fell on the 7th of September, the issue still hung in the balance. On a line running for fifteen miles north of the Marne, along the west bank of the Ourcq and roughly parallel to it, the two armies held a front that had temporarily become stabilized, the French facing east and the Germans west. The struggle had resolved itself into an effort by each side to turn its adversary's northern flank. Each side had received successive reinforcements, but while Maunoury knew that he had all but reached the limit of his resources, his aviation had told him that powerful columns, in fact the 3rd and 9th German Army Corps, were on the march northwards to join von Kluck. To the French Army Commander, the moment seemed at hand, therefore, when, if ever, he must force a decision before his adversary could be strengthened.

From the first page of the article on the French Cavlary Raid at the Marne: In the early morning of the 5th of September, 1914, Maunoury's Sixth French Army, the Army of Paris, started its march along the north bank of the River Marne, proceeding eastwards towards the Ourcq with Chateau Thierry as its ultimate objective. The movement constituted the initial step in Joffre's general plan for a great Allied counter-offensive to begin the following day as a supreme effort to roll back the mighty tide of invasion that in less than three weeks had swept, seemingly resistless, across Belgium and the richest provinces of northern France. An unexpectedattack against Maunoury's Army, launched in the afternoon of the 5th by the German 4th Reserve Corps that von Kluck had left north ofthe Marne to cover his flank and guard his communications, forestalled the plans of the French Commander-in-Chief, and the Battle of the Marne was joined eighteen hours before its appointed time.

Gun Fire was an occasional journal produced by members of the Western Front Association, and it contained articles about aspects of the First World War. This issue contains an article on the work of Jean Norton Cru, and there is also an article on the French Cavalry Raid at the Marne, written by Sewell Tynq, a historian of the Marne, and which was first published in 1934. The full contents are as follows:

Searching for the Truth - The Work of Jean Norton Cru
The French Cavlary Raid at Marne (The only operation of its kind on the Western Front)
Notes And Queries

Condition of the booklet is generally good. The cover has one or two minor scuffs and curves gently upwards along the left and right hand sides, but the staple spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Their is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.

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