The Last of the Ebb - The Battle of the Aisne, by Sidney Rogerson

The Last of the Ebb - The Battle of the Aisne, by Sidney Rogerson

The Last of the Ebb - The Battle of the Aisne, by Sidney Rogerson, with an introduction by Malcolm Brown

Book published by Greenhill in 2007, 147 pages. Small Hardback with Dust Jacket - c.13cm by 19cm (N4776)

In 1918, the Germans launched the Spring Offensive. Aware that American troops would soon be arriving in Europe, the Germans saw this as their last chance to win the war. If they could overcome the Allied armies and reach Paris, victory might be possible....

The German offensive was initially a great success. Striking at the Allied line's strongest point, the Chemin des Dames, they burst their way through and made quick progress towards Marne. However, the advance eventually stalled. With supply shortages and lack of reserves, this was to be the 'last ebb' of the German war effort.

Sidney Rogerson, a young officer in the West Yorkshire Regiment, describes the experiences of his battalion from the Aisne through to the Marne. Fighting under French command, the West Yorkshires were inadequately supported by artillery and practically without help from the air. The four tired divisions were forced to fight and run twenty-seven miles across wooded downlands and three rivers surviving on only emergency rations.

In his fascinating first hand account, the author vividly conveys the great bravery and extraordinary resilience of the West Yorkshires, who were able to face up to the terrible ordeal of such a battle without loss of morale. (Interestingly, the final chapter of the book is written by Major-General A. D. von Unruh, who was one of the German planners of the military attack, and his account provides the German perspective of the offensive)

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