Defenders Holding On

Despite being heavily outnumbered, the German defenders offered up heavy resistance in the game. The full scenario allows for the German counter-attacks to go in as well. This picture illustrates how the British would struggle on the first day to push forward from the first objective line. The German strongpoints, once occupied, prevented the break-in from getting any further. The British artillery was short on ammunition and on the ability to direct fire onto the strongpoints, so the German defensive points continued to form the anchor points around which the counter-attacks went in. The British were able to hold their gains and inflict heavy casualties on the German Eingreif units in return but there was little tactical advantage gained by the British through capturing Neuve Chapelle. It would fall back into German hands during the Battle of the Lys in the Spring of 1918.

Robert Dunlop 2014 to date