Sunday, March 29, 2015

March 29th, 1915

- OHL issues today a directive to the German armies on the Western Front regarding the maintenance of defensive positions.  In order to allow current lines to be held with as few infantry as possible, particular attention is to be paid to greater use of barbed wire, the construction of bombproof shelters of reinforced concrete, and the expansion of communication trenches, rear positions, and supporting positions, as well as the preparation of plans for the defensive use of artillery.  Simultaneously, OHL requests all units to undertake detailed reconnaissance of enemy lines, should an offensive be ordered.  It is hoped that thorough planning and preparation will ensure success on the attack and the defense.

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