September 1914: The British Expeditionary Force has the
Germans on the run, or so they think.
After a month of bitter fighting, the British are battered,
exhausted, and down to half their strength, yet they’ve helped save Paris and
are pushing toward Berlin. Then the retreating Germans decide to make a stand.
Holding a steep slope beside the River Aisne, the entrenched Germans mow down
the advancing British with machine gun fire. Soon the British dig in too, and
it looks like the war might grind down into deadly stalemate.
Searching through No-Man’s Land in the darkness, Private
Timothy Crawford of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry finds a
chink in the German armor. But can this lowly private, who spends as much time
in the battalion guardhouse as he does on the parade ground, convince his
commanding officer to risk everything for a chance to break through?
Trench Raiders is
the first in a new series of World War One action novels that will follow the
brave men of the British Expeditionary Force through the major battles of the
First World War a hundred years after they happened. The Battle of the Aisne
was the start of trench warfare on the Western Front, and it was there that the
British and Germans first honed their skills at a new, vicious brand of
October 1914: The British line is about to break.
After two months of hard fighting, the British Expeditionary
Force is short of men, ammunition, and ideas. With their line stretched to the
breaking point, aerial reconnaissance spots German reinforcements massing for
the big push. As their trenches are hammered by a German artillery battery, the
men of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry come up with a
desperate plan--a daring raid behind enemy lines to destroy the enemy guns, and
give the British a chance to stop the German army from breaking through.
Digging In is the
second in a new series of World War One action novels that will follow the
brave men of the BEF through the major battles of the First World War a hundred
years after they happened. The Battle of Ypres was the first of many great
slaughters on the Western Front, and it was there that both sides learned the
true horror of the world’s first global conflict.
No Man’s Land—a hellscape of shell craters and dead bodies. Soldiers
have fought over it, charged across it, and bled on it for a year of
grueling war, but neither side has dominated it.
elite German raiding party is passing through No Man’s Land every night,
attacking the British trenches at will. The Oxfordshire and
Buckinghamshire Light Infantry need to reassert control over their front
So the exhausted men of Company E decide to set a trap, a
nighttime ambush in the middle of No Man’s Land, where any mistake can
be fatal. But the few surviving veterans are leading recruits who have
only been in the trenches two weeks. Mistakes are inevitable.
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In the cold, muddy trenches of the Western Front, there is a
strange silence. As a crack English trench raiding team enjoy their first day
of peace in months, they call out holiday greetings to the men on the German
line. Soon both sides are fraternizing in No Man’s Land.
But when the English recognize some enemy raiders who only a
few days before launched a deadly attack on their position, can they keep the
peace through the Christmas Truce?
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