The Affair at Néry

1 September 1914

Patrick Takle

Date Published :
March 2007
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
Battleground Early Battles 1914
Illustration :
100 illustrations
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Early on 1 September 1914, the Germans surprised 1st Cavalry Brigade harboring in the little town of Néry. Their initial bombardment caused chaos and destruction and the British took time to organize themselves. The actions of two batteries of the Royal Horse Artillery were eventually so successful that even today there is a battery known as Néry Battery RHA. The Queen’s Bay’s a cavalry regiment, charged in classic style and the Germans, who mistakenly thought they were out numbered, withdrew with heavy casualties.

Of the three VCs, two were posthumous.

While a small engagement by later Great War standards, Néry is a classic case study of an artillery duel and cavalry action.

About The Author

Patrick Takle spent 33 years in the British Army, serving in the Infantry and as an Intelligence Officer in specialist units.

Following his retirement, he pursued a career as an international banker and management consultant, working in Eastern Europe.

He is the author of The Affair at Néry and British Army in France After Dunkirk, both in print with Pen and Sword Military.

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