ROAD TO WAR -
|More “Big Offensives” Planned!
|By the end of 1916 the “Top Brass” was
already planning many more successive “Big Offensives”
in the months and years to follow.
For those at home in England waiting for their loved ones to return,
nothing was certain, only that for thousands of mothers, wives and
sister’s they would hear the dreaded knock at the door informing
them that, their father, son, brother, or their husband, had been
killed at the front.
The War Office would inform them of their terrible tragic loss contained
in a buff coloured envelope, with a piece of paper inside, a simple
telegram… Number B18402.
For the families who had lost a son, husband, father in battle,
the British Government paid them the paltry, despicable, insulting
sum of 1/- per week per person in pension money…in equal money
today in 2013…about 5pence…!
One mother from Great Rissington, Gloucestershire, England, Julia
“Annie” Souls lost 5 of her precious sons during the
“Great War”, her reward was 5/-…a week, (25pence)
To remind all the readers 1/- a week for each son killed, for such
a terrible loss of unimaginable personal suffering and tragedy,
the brothers were given no Heroes burial…just simply and blatantly
forgotten by those they sacrificed their lives for.
This was their reward for the loss of a loved one…!
The Generals at British High Command, full of self importance and
arrogance, coupled with their bragging that the Huns would be dispatched
swiftly from France and Belgium, by Christmas of 1914, had since
passed a long time ago, it came and went with humiliation for all
the top brass.
The British High Command was desperate for a victory, despite the
phenomenal losses thus far encountered, the millions of artillery
shells hurled at the enemy failed to destroy them, whatever plans
devised and battles fought with tremendous losses, nothing seemed
to give any hope of a breakthrough, let alone a future hope of a
The only determined course of action that the British Generals,
Politicians, and Leaders of The War Cabinet could take, was to keep
the young recruits coming in, get them kitted out, and hurry them
up to the front line… there to meet their deaths, in the bloodbath
By the early spring of 1917 hundreds of thousands of American soldiers
under the command of General John Joseph Pershing arrived in France
to support their Allies, the British, French, and Belgians. The
need was imperative to reinforce the armies on all sides as the
undeniable and unbelievable casualties soared beyond all comprehension.
The battles fought in the region of Verdun, was a continual carnage
of unimaginable proportions for the young men of France, of which
one third was under 30 years of age. Their heroic efforts were at
times no match for the Germans with the devastating fire-power of
huge artillery howitzers, millions of shells rained down in rage
slaughtering hundreds of thousands, it had simply bled the French
Army to death
The massive cemetery at The Ossuary
at Verdun, the amount of dead that lie here is unimaginable!
(Image Copyright of www.edenbridgetown.com Ian R. Bridle)
|The French losses at Verdun alone at the end of the war was over
1, 300, 000 killed, with hundreds of thousands being maimed, horrifically
mutilated, and grotesquely disfigured.