Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Explorers' Club, № DLI

Operation AXIOM: The World War—The Nivelle Offensive, Part V
May-June 1917: New French chief of staff Philippe Pétain ended the mutinies by promising an end to mass offensives 'til "the tanks & the Americans" arrived & more frequent & longer home leaves; thousands were arrested (8 June), though only two score were executed; forty-three per cent (43%) of French infantry divisions had mutinied to varying degrees; this massive extent of the mutinies was hidden from the German enemy, the other Entente allies, & the French public for the next fifty years.

The Wayback Machine Tour of the Nivelle Offensive
№ DXLIV: The Battle of Vimy Ridge
№ DXLV: The Second Battle of the Aisne
№ DXLVII: "Bloody April"
№ DXLVIII: The French Army mutinies

Lest we forget.

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