FW141 Standing Firing
In August 1914 the British Army fought its first battle on European soil since Waterloo, almost 100 years before!
The British Expeditionary Force, all regular soldiers, attempted to hold the line in northern France against a massive attack by the numerically superior German First Army.
Although fighting bravely and taking a heavy toll of the invading Germans the relatively small B.E.F was forced back. The rapid-fire marksmanship of the British regulars and their battle discipline impressed not only their French Allies but also their German opponents. The Kaiser might have called them ?a contemptible little army? but many of his soldiers knew different!