By Patrick Takle

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. The Queens Bays a cavalry regiment, charged in vintage sort and the Germans, who mistakenly proposal they have been out numbered, withdrew with heavy casualties. Of the 3 VCs, have been posthumous. whereas a small engagement through later nice warfare criteria, Nery is a vintage case learn of an artillery duel and cavalry motion.

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He had slowed von Kluck’s advance and got most of his units away, still in relatively good order. On the right, separated by thick forests, the British I Corps was also retreating but still virtually undamaged. On 28 August von Kluck’s right wing had defeated General D’Amades’s Territorial forces at Péronne and again the following day on the River Avre. These victories eliminated for him any fear that First Army would be threatened by the French forces from Amiens in the west, or from Paris. On 28 August, he therefore proposed to General von Bülow, “wheeling inwards” to drive the major French Armies away from Paris.

In addition they enjoyed a major advantage over the German cavalry, which was that they were armed with, and taught to use, the same rifle as the British infantry. Their standard procedure, when required to fire, was to dismount and fire from the kneeling or lying position. Their opponents, the German cavalry, in addition to a lance, sword and a pistol, carried a carbine, which was far less accurate than the British rifle. The main street in Néry today. Despite their seeming khaki uniformity, each of the regiments in 1 Cavalry Brigade maintained an individual identity linked to their glorious history and traditions.

During the following night the Jägers were marched and lorried, without any rest, to the south of the Forest of Compiègne, ready to attack Crépy-en-Valois at dawn on 1 September. Speed of advance was considered essential, and General von der Marwitz ordered his three cavalry divisions to set off very early on the morning of 31 August. At first General von der Marwitz and his headquarters travelled with 4th Cavalry Division, which had actually set off at 2am and 3am from Ognolles and Beaulieu (which means they would have got up even earlier).

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