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By David Chandler

From precedent days, Europe has been formed and re-shaped by means of army campaigns concerning greater than 2000 battles. With the aid of a workforce of participants, David Chandler has assembled a entire advisor to 245 battlefields, giving easy proof relating to position, ancient context and the target of every engagement, information of the opposing forces, casualties and end result, and an invaluable bibliography bearing on each one.

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13. War and campaign: The First World War; the Campaigns on the Western front (see p. 381). Object of the action: Continuous Allied and German attempts to achieve a breakthrough towards Berlin or Paris respectively, and thus to solve the impasse of the trench war. Opposing sides: (a) The British, French and Belgian armies. (b) The German army. Forces engaged: Several million men on each side. Casualties: Several millions, details incalculable. Result: Little ground won or lost by either side, but the battle of attrition fought along the front contributed largely to Germany's final collapse.

Total: 80,000. (b) French: 90 battalions; 170 squadrons. Total: 85,000. Casualties: (a) 4,000 Allied killed and wounded. (£) 15,000 French casualties, including some 9,000 prisoners. Result: A heavy defeat for the French which ultimately led to the Allied recapture of Ghent and Bruges and the fall of Lille. Suggested reading: General Works: Churchill, W. &, Marlborough, His Life and Times, Book II, London, 1947. Atkinson, C. , Marlborough and the Rise of the British Army, London, 1921. Chandler, D.

Allied 33 strategy was for the Anglo-Belgian-Dutch forces commanded by Wellington, and the Prussian forces commanded by Blücher, to invade France from the north. The Russian army was to attack across the middle Rhine, and the Austrian across the lower Rhine. Wellington and Blücher were ready for operations first. By the end of May 1815 Napoleon had nearly 300,000 men under arms and, of these, 125,000 formed the Armée du Nord under his personal command. He decided to deal with his enemies piecemeal if possible, and to start by attacking Wellington and Blücher who were advancing from the Netherlands and the lower Rhine.

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