The Affair at Nery 1 September 1914 by Patrick Takle

By Patrick Takle

Early on 1 September 1914, the Germans stunned 1st Cavalry Brigade harbouring within the little city of Nery. Their preliminary bombardment prompted chaos and destruction and the British took time to arrange themselves. The activities of 2 batteries of the Royal Horse Artillery have been finally such a success that even this day there's a battery referred to as Nery Battery RHA. The Queens Bays a cavalry regiment, charged in vintage variety and the Germans, who mistakenly notion they have been out numbered, withdrew with heavy casualties. Of the 3 VCs, have been posthumous. whereas a small engagement through later nice battle criteria, Nery is a vintage case examine of an artillery duel and cavalry motion.

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The Affair at Nery 1 September 1914

Early on 1 September 1914, the Germans shocked 1st Cavalry Brigade harbouring within the little city of Nery. Their preliminary bombardment brought on chaos and destruction and the British took time to arrange themselves. The activities of 2 batteries of the Royal Horse Artillery have been ultimately such a success that even this day there's a battery referred to as Nery Battery RHA.

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On 21 August the German Second Army came up against the French at Charleroi, on the Sambre near the Franco-Belgian border, and on 23 August the German First Army met the British at Mons. Given their overwhelming numbers and broad front, the Germans were able to threaten to envelop the allied armies; and to avoid destruction, the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) and the French Fifth Army retreated back into France. The main French field forces consisted of five armies ranged from the Swiss Border to the area north east of Paris.

Chapter Two 1 CAVALRY BRIGADE MOVES INTO NÉRY 1 Cavalry Brigade was commanded by Brigadier-General Charles J Briggs CB, an extremely experienced cavalry officer, who had taken command of the brigade in Aldershot in 1912. He personally understood the importance of active defence against a strong enemy from his experience of fighting against the Boers. During the Boer War he had commanded the Imperial Light Horse Regiment, a tough, locally-recruited cavalry unit. He had once led the ILH in a successful defence against a surprise attack from a Boer cavalry force of over 400 men.

The German crown prince. The 11th Hussars (Prince Albert’s Own) was the youngest cavalry regiment in the Brigade; having been raised in Essex in 1715, as Honeywood’s Dragoons, in response to the Jacobite Rebellion of that year. It too had been involved in many of the most famous engagements in British military history including the Battle of Waterloo, and the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava on the afternoon of 25 October 1864. The regiment was known as the 11th Light Dragoons until 1840, when it fell under the command of that irascible martinet, the Earl of Cardigan.

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