Ropes and Guns: Mountains at War in World War 1


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Douglas, WY
Aug 5, 2014 - 08:20pm PT
I've read von Lettow-Vorbeck's book, and it's very entertaining. The German auxiliary troops, the Askaris, would frequently stampede herds of rhinos into the marching columns of Indian troops, then attack at times where the British were subsequently forced to bivvy in areas with huge leopard populations...with entirely predictable results.

The General returned to Dar es Salaam in 1963, where many of the elderly troops recognized him and organized a parade where they carried him through the streets singing their marching songs; he was asked time and time again by the black troops: when were the Germans returning? The General was a fervent anti-Nazi and was imprisoned during W.W. II.

Sep 1, 2014 - 09:28pm PT
thanks for and bump to, a sweet thread.

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Douglas, WY
Sep 2, 2014 - 12:46am PT
I visited the Museum in the old fortress "Ntra I Sas" last week, and although signs in Italian were forbidding photography, I snapped a few since no one really seemed to care.

Here's a "Winter Outfit:"

Winter clothing for sentries on duty; note the snow goggles with tiny ...
Winter clothing for sentries on duty; note the snow goggles with tiny slits and face protection. Must have been ghastly on Falzarego Pass and Valparola Pass.
Credit: Brokedownclimber

If anyone else can rotate this to the correct orientation, go for it. This is one of the joys of Windows 8, since it seems to always rotate portrait orientation to landscape.

Social climber
Albuquerque, NM
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 8, 2014 - 02:09pm PT
Early September, 100 years ago: The First Battle of the Marne.

After back and forth spankings between German and Belgian troops during August, Germans force the Allies back to the French border. Seeing an opportunity, the German army tries to outflank French forces south of Paris. To the North, British forces are already planning to evacuate via the English Channel, but Lord Kitchener (Mt. Kitchener) blocks the order.

Thanks to modern transportation (trains and taxicabs), sophisticated aerial reconnaissance (biplanes), and instant high-tech communications (telegraph), the German plan is repulsed setting the stage for 4 years of trench warfare.

First motorized troop convoy in history

Between six hundred and a thousand taxicabs and drivers were assembled on the evening of 6 September on the esplanade of Les Invalides. They were mostly the Renault AG1 Landaulet model, with an average speed of 25 kilometres (16 mi) an hour. Within twenty-four hours, they transported the batallions Villemonble and Gagny, about six thousand soldiers and officers, 50 kilometres (31 mi) to the front at Nanteuil-le-Haudouin.

Each taxi carried five soldiers, four in the back and one next to the driver. Only the back lights of the taxis were lit; the drivers were instructed to follow the lights of the taxi ahead. Most of the taxis were demobilized on September 8 but some remained longer to carry the wounded and refugees. The taxis, following city regulations, dutifully ran their meters. The French treasury reimbursed the total fare of 70,012 francs.

By 9 September, the German 1st and 2nd armies were in danger of being encircled and destroyed. The Germans were pursued by the French and British, although the pace of the exhausted Allied forces was slow and averaged only 12 mi (19 km) per day. The Germans ceased their retreat after 40 mi (64 km), at a point north of the Aisne River, where they dug in, preparing trenches. The German retreat of 9–13 September, marked the abandonment of the Schlieffen Plan. Moltke is said to have reported to the Kaiser: "Your Majesty, we have lost the war."

In one month of fighting, half a million men would be dead or injured.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 8, 2014 - 02:12pm PT
Brokedown, where's that museum? I'll be there in a few weeks.

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Sep 8, 2014 - 03:18pm PT
" do not weaken the right flank" .....

Gen. Schlieffen's death bed warning to his staff.

and he was correct

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Sep 8, 2014 - 09:36pm PT

Right alongside the highway on Valparola Pass, near the Hexenstein.

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