janner wrote:Would these be the same German officers who advanced their men in close column on the battlefield in the face of BEF marksmanship or the ones who messed-up the staff work for the right flank of the German advance in 1914?
I fear that under Imperial German officers the soldiers of the BEF may never have made it back to Mons at all
No, just the guys that got to the Marne and won at Tannenberg against far superior numbers. West front historians tend to forget the "few" other boys in the east that wanted to visit Berlin.
And the close formation, remember the Somme 1916.
Another brave Soldier? The German East African Askari under Lettow-Vorbeck. Not only defending, attacking into the enemies colonies. Well, they had modern Rifles, Machine guns and a lot of ammunition. Delivered for free by the British attackers.