Paintings and photographs of British soldiers during the Battle of Loos, September 25 1915.
Today 103 years ago, on September 25, 1915 the Battle of Loos began.
The Battle of Loos was the British effort in the Third Battle of Artois in September 1915, with the French attacking in the Second Battle of Champagne. The goal of the Allied offensives was to break through the German lines, and end the trench stalemate.
The British Commander-in-Chief Sir John French and British Commander of the First Army Sir Douglas Haig did not want to attack at Loos, as the Germans had the high-ground and were building more defenses. But the French commanders ruled against them, and had the last say in the end. The British would attack at Loos.
French and Haig were at a disagreement with the position of reserves. Haig wanted them close to the frontlines, ready for action, while French wanted them further behind, as he wasn't planning for them to be necessary, as they were reserves.
The reserves ended up being closer to the frontlines than French wanted, but further away than Haig wanted. Haig was also frustrated by the lack of artillery ammunition, but the attack had to be conducted.
On September 25, 1915 the British attacked the German positions at Loos. In this attack the British used chlorine gas for the first time. In some places the wind changed and the gas flew back at the British, and others the British soldiers, unable to see with the early gas masks, took them off and were gassed.
In many places the British artillery had failed to cut the German wire, and German machine-guns and artillery inflicted incredible losses on the British.
The British managed to take the town of Loos, but due to inefficient communication between French and the frontlines, as well as the reserves being too far away, Haig's troops were unable to exploit the success. By October 8 the attack was called off.
The Battle of Loos had inflicted 59,000 casualties on the British in two weeks. The Germans had suffered 26,000 casualties.
Sir John French was sacked as Commander-in-Chief and replaced with Sir Douglas Haig, who would hold that position for the rest of the war.
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