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Frederick Sadleir Brereton (5 August 1852 – 12 August 1957) was a decorated soldier and an author of children's books on heroic deeds conducted in the name of the British Empire. Brereton was a prolific author. By the time he died he had written over 40 books.-Wikipedia

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At Verdun the French are managing to withstand the German onslaught. The local commander there, Philippe Pétain, has become a national hero thanks to his steady leadership. But he is less popular with General Joffre, the commander in chief of the French army. Joffre sees Pétain as too cautious and too focussed on the defensive. Now that the Verdun crisis appears to be over, Joffre wants a commander there who will start taking the fight to the Germans. Joffre is also fed up of having to keep feeding men into the Verdun battle; he wants as many men free as he can for the summer’s Anglo-French offensive along the Somme.

Pétain is too popular to sack, so Joffre hits on a novel solution to his problem. Today Pétain is informed that he is being promoted to command the army group that includes the Verdun sector. The new commander of the French at Verdun is his subordinate, General Robert Nivelle, a man whose commitment to the offensive makes him far more appealing to Joffre. Pétain is despondent, fearing that Nivelle’s promotion will mean needless death for the men he has been commanding. But he can do nothing to prevent his replacement by Nivelle. The handover is to be completed by the 1st of May.

Joffre, Nivelle, Pétain (Grande Guerre : territoriaux bretons et normands du 87 DIT) (I think the picture of Pétain is post-war)

Frederick Sadleir Brereton (5 August 1852 – 12 August 1957) was a decorated soldier and an author of children's books on heroic deeds conducted in the name of the British Empire. Brereton was a prolific author. By the time he died he had written over 40 books.-Wikipedia

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Frederick Sadleir Brereton (5 August 1852 – 12 August 1957) was a decorated soldier and an author of children's books on heroic deeds conducted in the name of the British Empire. Brereton was a prolific author. By the time he died he had written over 40 books.-Wikipedia

In order to release to a third party carrier you must inform Roseberys in writing of the lot number and carrier name. Please email  [email protected]

Rosebery Fine Art Ltd carries on business with bidders, buyers and all those present in the auction room prior to or in connection with a sale on the following General Conditions and on such other terms, conditions and notices as may be referred to herein.

A.   “auctioneer” means the firm of Rosebery Fine Art Ltd or its authorised auctioneer, as appropriate;

At Verdun the French are managing to withstand the German onslaught. The local commander there, Philippe Pétain, has become a national hero thanks to his steady leadership. But he is less popular with General Joffre, the commander in chief of the French army. Joffre sees Pétain as too cautious and too focussed on the defensive. Now that the Verdun crisis appears to be over, Joffre wants a commander there who will start taking the fight to the Germans. Joffre is also fed up of having to keep feeding men into the Verdun battle; he wants as many men free as he can for the summer’s Anglo-French offensive along the Somme.

Pétain is too popular to sack, so Joffre hits on a novel solution to his problem. Today Pétain is informed that he is being promoted to command the army group that includes the Verdun sector. The new commander of the French at Verdun is his subordinate, General Robert Nivelle, a man whose commitment to the offensive makes him far more appealing to Joffre. Pétain is despondent, fearing that Nivelle’s promotion will mean needless death for the men he has been commanding. But he can do nothing to prevent his replacement by Nivelle. The handover is to be completed by the 1st of May.

Joffre, Nivelle, Pétain (Grande Guerre : territoriaux bretons et normands du 87 DIT) (I think the picture of Pétain is post-war)

Construction work started in 1885 near the village of Douaumont , on some of the highest ground in the area. Over subsequent years, the fort was continually reinforced until 1913.

On 21 February 1916, the German army launched a major offensive which started the Battle of Verdun . Douaumont was the largest and highest fort on the two concentric rings of forts protecting the city of Verdun, and thus the keystone to the city's defenses. The German offensive was already four days old and progressing rapidly from the north when, on 24 February, it came within reach of Fort Douaumont. However, in spite of this imminent danger, Fort Douaumont was still manned by a small maintenance crew of only 56 troops and a few artillerymen. The highest-ranked soldier in the fort was an NCO named Chenot. No officers were present.

On 25 February, four days after the beginning of the Battle of Verdun, elements of the German 24th Brandenburg Regiment ( 6 Infanterie-Division, III Armeekorps ) approached Fort Douaumont from the north, as a reconnaissance or raiding party. Most of the French small garrison had already gone to the lower levels of the fort to escape the incessant German shelling with large-calibre guns. A battery of very heavy 420 mm German howitzers was intermittently pounding the fort, damaging the 75 mm gun turret.

Frederick Sadleir Brereton (5 August 1852 – 12 August 1957) was a decorated soldier and an author of children's books on heroic deeds conducted in the name of the British Empire. Brereton was a prolific author. By the time he died he had written over 40 books.-Wikipedia


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