20 February 1915 – Attack based entirely on Aerial Reconnaissance planned

The allies have agreed an attack on the village of Neuve Chapelle. Planning for the attack was assisted by pioneering photographic work by 1 Wing RFC. During February they photographed the entire German trench system in front of the British First Army to a depth ranging from 700 to 1,500 yards. The result was a fairly complete picture of the German tactical dispositions including enemy batteries, strong points and transport bottlenecks. This tactical picture was used by Douglas Haig to plan the battle. For the first time in history, an assault will be based on maps prepared solely from aerial reconnaissance.

To assist the attacking troops 1:5,000 scale maps overlaid with an outline of the German defensive system are being printed for issue to each of the attacking Corps. For the first time in the war the attacking forces will go into action with a pictures of the hidden intricacies of the enemy defences.

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