Arthur Behrend survived the Great War, and later recorded his experiences in various spheres of the conflict in several successful books – including a harrowing account of the Gallipoli campaign. This book, by contrast, is a compressed story of just nine days – but what days they were – in the chaotic aftermath of the launch of the first – and most crushing – of Ludendorff’s five Spring offensives in 1918. AS adjutant of the 9oth Brigade of the Royal Garrison Artillery, Behrend was in the eye of the storm and records his experiences – and that of his gunner comrades who helped him compile the book with the aid of their own reminisences. Illustrated with photos an maps, this book gives a very clear idea of the impact of the German attack, and the orderly way in which the artillery reacted to it.
NINE DAYS Adventures of a Heavy Artillery Brigade of the Third Army during the German Offensive of March 21-29 1918
A Gunner’s experiences of the opening days of Ludendorff’s great offensive launched on March 21st 1918. The author was a Brigade adjutant and gives a memorable picture of the attack and its aftermath as seen by the artillery arm.