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AIRFIELDS AND AIRMEN : SOMME (Battleground Europe) by Michael O'Connor

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By Michael O'Connor

Following at the luck of Airfields and Airmen of Ypres, the writer turns his consciousness to the main mythical zone of the British attempt in international warfare I, the Somme. From 1916 to 1918 the British and German armies have been locked in a dangerous fight the following, whereas the Royal Flying Corps and the Imperial German Air carrier flew overhead. first and foremost performing as scouts and artillery spotters, the ever extra refined plane grew to become tools of warfare themselves, accomplishing lethal clash a long way above the deadlocked armies lower than. This new quantity makes use of the Battleground Europe structure of maps and then-and-now illustrations to hide the entire airfields, crash websites and parts linked to the devices, battles and person aces of the aerial clash of global conflict I. assurance additionally contains French activities, and some American devices that served within the quarter close to the tip of the warfare.

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In the centre of the sap a barricade was constructed of sand bags built up across the trench. The enemy was on one side of this and our men on the other... The Germans were 10 to 15 yards off the barricade. ' During a period of little more than 48 hours of defensive action 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers threw 8,000 grenades, and lost 93 men killed or died of wounds, 13 men missing, and 274 wounded. During their ten-week tour of duty casualties amounted to 50 officers and 2,300 rank and file, or more than double the initial strength of the battalion.

Nearby French infantry assumed the enemy, now so far forward, to be friendly troops, and held their fire. A rather bemused pioneer sergeant named Kunze was first inside the fort; he captured part of the garrison, then inadvertently let them go; but he was soon joined by two companies of the 24th, and the whole of Douaumont was secured. For this action two officers, Hauptmann Haupt and Oberleutnant von Brandis, were decorated with the Pour le Merite, Germany's highest decoration. 53 British bombing tactics, from The Training and Employment of Grenadiers, autumn 1915.

As I stepped down a rifle bullet cracked past close to my head and a fraction of a second later there was a stutter of a machine gun... While I crouched a German bomb came over, fell right in the crowded trench just behind me and burst with a frightful crash, killing and wounding many of our men... A bomb inflicts terrible wounds. ' A rather more elegant emergency bomb was brought into use by Maj. Basil Condon Battye of 21st Field Coy RE, who had small cast iron cylinders manufactured at Bethune.

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