Breaking In

The scale of the initial break-in was limited by the General Rawlinson’s conservative approach and by the stout defense of the Moated Grange by Jäger. A British battalion commander from the Rifle Brigade was in the forefront of the break-in on the day. He immediately recognised that the German defences had been shattered but his request to be able to advance was turned down by the divisional commander. The German defenders thereby gained the necessary time to shore up a second line.

© Robert Dunlop 2014 to date