The time is 0500…..and it began in the West.
The opening battle of World War One on the Western Front……the Battle of Mulhouse….
The Battle of Mulhouse, one of the August Battles of the Frontiers, comprised the opening French attack of the war, and began at 05:00 on 7 August 1914.
Forming a fundamental component of France war strategy, Plan XVII, the Battle of Mulhouse was intended to secure the recapture of Alsace (with Lorraine to follow separately), territories lost to Germany as a consequence of losing the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71.
Aside from the matter of national pride inherent in the capture of Alsace, French troops there would be well placed to guard the flank of subsequent French invasions further north.
In command of the operation to take Mulhouse was General Bonneau, and he was assigned a detachment of the First Army, plus one cavalry and two infantry divisions Ranged against him was the German Seventh Army under General von Heeringen.
As a student of history especially the conflicts I am amazed as well as appalled at the carnage of the First World War.
We tried to make sure that this type of carnage would never happen again….WE FAILED miserably….in less than a generation we are at it again…all the carnage and destruction…..and for what?
“Lego Ergo Scribo”