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Richmond WW1 Diary 27 May 1917

Mutiny of French forces | Conditions for the French soldiers had deteriorated severely by the Spring of 1917, with men living – and dying – in muddy, rat and lice-infested trenches. On 27 May 1917 the mutinous atmosphere turned into open insubordination and soldiers refused orders to advance. The Commander-in-Chief, Henri Petain, ordered mass arrests,…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 25 September 1915

Start of the Battle of Loos The Battle of Loos was part of a combined British (with Indian support) and French offensive against the German line in northern France. It was an attempt to break the stalemate and return to a mobile war. The battle started at dawn on 25 September 1915, with the first…