By Michael O'Connor
Following at the luck of Airfields and Airmen of Ypres, the writer turns his cognizance to the main mythical region of the British attempt in global conflict 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. at the beginning appearing as scouts and artillery spotters, the ever extra subtle plane grew to become tools of struggle themselves, conducting lethal clash a long way above the deadlocked armies less than. This new quantity makes use of the Battleground Europe structure of maps and then-and-now illustrations to hide all of the airfields, crash websites and components linked to the devices, battles and person aces of the aerial clash of worldwide battle I. assurance additionally contains French activities, and some American devices that served within the sector close to the top of the warfare.
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Makoben History Reserve Infantry Regiment 212 p 15. 7. Haleck History Reserve Infantry Regiment 208 p 1. 8. Schulz History Reserve Infantry Regiment 209 p 15. 9. Gieraths History Reserve Infantry Regiment 210 p 22. 10. Schatz History Reserve Infantry Regiment 239 p 3. 11. Atzrott History Reserve Jäger Battalion 16 p 14. 12. Mayer op. cit. pp 83–85. 13. Schulz op. cit. p 15. 14. Boesser History Reserve Field Artillery Regiment 44 p 9. 15. ibid. p 11. 16. ibid. p 12. 17. Osman Mit den Kriegsfreiwilligen über die Yser pp 123–124 18.
In my considered opinion the raising of so many new corps was a mistake. It would have been better to have used the available manpower to reinforce existing corps, whose manpower has been subject to attrition. ” Regardless of such reservations, the decision had been taken; the die had been cast and, for better or worse, tens of thousands of men began to be transported to Flanders to take their chances in one of the most critical battles of the entire war. Only time would tell if the risks about to be run were justified, or if patriotism and youthful enthusiasm were in themselves sufficient to overcome entrenched defences and the power of the magazine-fed rifle, the machine gun and the artillery which lay in wait for them.
His former Fourth Army was dissolved and, in its place, a new Fourth Army was created. Although this army was to include III Reserve Corps under General der Infanterie von Beseler, together with all its accompanying heavy artillery, once Antwerp fell, the decision to employ a great mass of half-trained, ill-equipped formations at such a critical time and place was a gamble of breathtaking proportions. In essence, the plan was to force the line of the Ijzer in strength, brushing aside Belgian opposition and then to swing round south in a broad sweep, combining the resources of Fourth and Sixth Armies to catch the Allies near St Omer and crush them once and for all.