On the 9th May 1915, the British launched an attack on the billiard table flat fields of Artois against the Aubers Ridge. What was supposed to be a gentle stroll across the Artois countryside, turned into one of the great military disasters the British suffered during the Great War.
As night fell, nearly 11,000 men lay dead or wounded, and the ridge remained firmly in German's hands. The ensuing crisis saw the Government toppled in what became known as the "shell scandal".
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