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Centennial Anniversary News

Friday 5th August 1914 to September

  • The British Expeditionary Force mobilised and dispatched to France
  • All ports placed under Naval authority
  • Dover, Folkstone and Harwich harbours and the Thames estuary mined
  • All railway timetables placed on a war footing - 23 troop trains per day head to the south coast
  • All Territorials called to county Barracks to replace Regulars
  • One fifth of all British horses commandeered - hunters for the Cavalry, heavy and dray horses for Artillery and Transport
  • Hay ordered from all Empire countries

The strategy of the Central Powers suffered from miscommunication: Germany had promised to support Austria-Hungary's invasion of Serbia and Austro-Hungarian leaders believed Germany would cover its northern flank against Russia. 
Germany, however, envisioned Austria-Hungary directing most of its troops against Russia, while Germany dealt with France. 
This confusion forced the Austro-Hungarian Army to divide its forces between the Russian and Serbian fronts, weakening both.

5-10 August: Belgium did try to join their army with the French but a large part of the Belgian army had to retreat from the 
Battle for Liege
to man the Siege of Antwerp, where they were forced to surrender when all hope of help was gone.

12 August: Austria invaded and fought the Serbian army at the Battle of Cer and Battle of Kolubara. Over the next two weeks, Austrian attacks were thrown back with heavy losses, which marked the first major Allied victories of the war and dashed Austro-Hungarian hopes of a swift victory. As a result, Austria had to keep sizable forces on the Serbian front, weakening its efforts against Russia.
Serbia's defeat of the Austro-Hungarian invasion of 1914 counts among the 'major upset' victories of the last century.

1424 August: Initially the Germans were successful in out-flanking the French, particularly in the Battles of the Frontiers -
Alsace:   Battle of Mulhouse,    710 August          Belgium:    Battle of Haelen,            12 August
Lorraine: Battle of Lorraine,   1425 August          Ardennes: Battle of the Ardennes, 2123 August
Sambre:   Battle of Charleroi, 2123 August                             Battle of Mons,                23 August

Casualties:  French_  329,000          British_  20,600           Belgium_  4,500     German_ 305,500           

17 August 2 September; In the east, the Russians invaded with two armies. In response, Germany rapidly moved the 8th field army, from its previous role as reserve for the invasion of France, to East Prussia by rail across the German Empire. This army, led by General Paul von Hindenburg defeated Russia in a series of battles collectively known as the First Battle of Tannenberg.
The failed Russian invasion, causing the fresh German troops to move to the east, allowed the tactical Allied victory at the First Battle of the Marne.

20 August: The French offensive into Southern Alsace, launched  with the Battle of Mulhouse, stalls.

12 September  The French, with assistance from the British forces, halt the German advance east of Paris at the First Battle of the Marne (512 September), and push the German forces back some 50 km (31 mi).
The last days of this battle signify the end of mobile warfare in the west and the digging of entrenched positions built in a "race for the sea" so that neither side could be out-flanked.

 The Central Powers failed to achieve either objective of the Schlieffen Plan, those being to either significantly weaken the French Army or breach the Verdun-Marne-Paris defensive sector. 
However, the German army had fought its way into a good defensive position inside France and effectively halved France's supply of coal. It had also killed or permanently crippled 230,000 more French and British troops than it had lost itself.
Questionable command decisions had already cost Germany the chance of a decisive outcome and, possibly, the war.

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Chaddesley Parish encloses the village of Chaddesley Corbett and the hamlets of Lower Chaddesley, Cakebole, Longmore, Brockencote, Red Hill, Mustow Green, Harvington, Danesford, Bellington, Barnett Brook, Hill Pool, Sion Hill, Drayton, Drayton Mount, Bournes Green, Tanwood Cross, Tanwood,  Bluntington, Dor Hall and Woodrow; all of whom guard their identity jealously. 
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August 06, 2014