World War I- The Battle of Festubert

The Battle of Festubert lasted between 15 and 25 May 1915. It was the battle in the World War I on the western front. The attacks of the British First and French 10th Army created the series of attacks in the Second Battle of Artois. The attack consisted of slow, artillery fire that should prepare the way for the attack of the infantry. The heavy bombardment of 3 days was planned. They also planned to capture the German machine gun posts. The Battle of Festubert is known as the first attempt at attrition by the British.
Before the battle started, the bombardment lasted 60 hours. It was made by 433 artillery pieces and during that time they fired 100.000 shells. It wasn’t successful as the British planned, but the attack had a good start. They repeat the attack on 16 May. By 19 May, the British 7th and 2nd divisions had to withdraw, due to heavy losses. On 18 May, 51st (Highland) Division and Canadian Division attacked again. They made progress. Germans improved their defense, but Festubert was captured. The offensive made 3 kilometers advance.
This battle is known for heavy casualties. The British army lost 16.648 soldiers, between 15 and 25 May. The 7th division lost 4.123 soldiers; the 47th division 2.355 soldiers; the 2nd division 5.445 soldiers; the Canadian division lost 2.204 soldiers and the Meerut Division lost 2.521 soldiers. On the other side, the Germans lost 5.000 soldiers. 800 of them were captured. During the Second Battle of Artois, the Germans lost 73.072 soldiers and French Army lost 102.533 soldiers.

 

Why is Christmas banned in North Korea?

Christmas for many of us is a beloved, treasured holiday where we exchange gifts with friends and spend time with our family and loved ones, often over a tradition of meals and gatherings. However, in North Korea, this just isn’t done. North Korea is probably the most dangerous country in the…

8000 year-old winemaking evidence found in Georgia

There is so much in the world being discovered every day that gives us a glimpse into ancient civilization. Scientists found 8000-year-old pots in North Western Iran that indicate people made grape wine in ancient times. The earthen pots was scientifically checked and tested for residue. Some pots…

Agnes B. Marshall was the “Martha Stewart” of her day

Savory ice cream, intricate toppings, and complex molds are some of the things that you can find in a fancy restaurant. However, did you know that these things were also available in the 19th Century? Agnes Marshall, long before anyone discovered the exceptional culinary skills of Martha Stewart,…

What is the History of the Fourth of July?

We observe American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year. We consider July 4, 1776, as a day that speaks about the Declaration of Independence and the introduction of the United States of America as an autonomous country. July 4, 1776 was not actually the day that the Continental…

Titanic hero given headstone after 75 years

A Titanic seaman and hero during the ill-fated night of April 14, 1912, will finally receive a well-deserved headstone. Robert Hopkins, who died in 1943, was an unsung hero who helped save the group of people traveling in his lifeboat. Since his death, his grave had rested with no headstone since…

How did the French arrive in Louisiana?

Each state in the United States has influences from different parts of the world. Louisiana is today one of the most diversified states in the country, but everything started from a small French expedition. Until the 17th century, Europeans did not choose to settle in Louisiana because it was quite…

The story of historical fiction in terms of Sparta

The historians are divided over their opinion of historical fiction. Developing a story based on true historical character is becoming a norm in films as well as literature. The historians mostly don’t like the fact that writers tend to over exaggerate and manipulate history to catch the…

Sixth Battle of the Isonzo: 6 August-17 August 1916

The Sixth Battle of the Isonzo is known as the successful Italian offensive in the World War I. The Battle of Gorizia is the second name for the Sixth Battle of the Isonzo. It was fought between the Kingdom of Italy and Austria-Hungary. The Italian army was led by Luigi Cadorna. He had at disposal…

Battle of Fromelles: 19–20 July 1916

The Battle of Fromelles was the military operation, conducted by Britain on the Western Front during the World War I. This battle occurred on 19 July 1916 and it ended on the next day. The GHQ (General Headquarters) of the BEF (British Expeditionary Force) ordered to the 1st and 2nd Army to prepare…

The History of Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola is definitely one of the most famous drinks in the world. After more than one hundred years it is still some kind of cult and it seems like it will never stop being one. People all around the world adore this beverage and we cannot blame them since Coca-Cola’s taste is really…

Lake Naroch Offensive: March 18 – April 1916

The Lake Naroch Offensive was fought between March and April 1916. The Russian army had numerical superiority, but they lost. They had severe losses. The Russian army was led by Alexei Kuropatkin and Alexei Evert. They had at their disposal: 480.000 soldiers and 1.000 guns. On the other side, the…

Battle of Hanna: 21 January 1916

The Battle of Hanna was fought on 21 January 1916. It was one of the battles on the Mesopotamian front in the World War I. The battle of Hanna was fought between Anglo-Indian and Ottoman forces. The Anglo-Indian forces were led by Fenton Aylmer. He had, at his disposal 10.000 men. The Ottoman Forces…