Fighting for the Butcher
British Troops Fighting in General Mangin’s Xe Armée, July – August 1918
Imprint: Helion and Company
246 Pages, 6.75 x 9.75 in, 8 b/w illustrations, 12 maps, 12 tables
- March 2023
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Ruthless General Charles Mangin, a hero of Verdun, had twice been sacked and twice reinstated, most recently in June 1918, by Premier Georges Clemenceau and Foch. Both recognized his unique military talents would be perfectly suited to lead the planned counter-offensive intended to sever the Marne salient. Taking command of the French Xe Armée, Mangin was charged with executing the primary thrust and, driving his forces rapidly eastwards, planned to sever the enemy’s jugular vein and close the neck of the ‘poche’ thereby cutting the enemy escape route. To accomplish this, the 34th Division was temporarily placed under his command.