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

By Michael O'Connor

Following at the good fortune of Airfields and Airmen of Ypres, the writer turns his consciousness to the main mythical area 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. first and foremost appearing as scouts and artillery spotters, the ever extra refined airplane grew to become tools of struggle themselves, undertaking 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 the entire airfields, crash websites and parts linked to the devices, battles and person aces of the aerial clash of worldwide struggle I. assurance additionally comprises French activities, and some American devices that served within the zone close to the tip of the warfare.

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It fell to the Germans on 7 September 1914. ) And in the north, which to the Germans was the critical front, the French, while falling back, had suffered no compelling battlefield defeat. The Allied flank had not been turned, nor the armies of France overwhelmed. The scene was thereby set for a striking change of fortune. This is not to be accounted for, as is often claimed, by the fact that Helmuth von Moltke the Younger (the German c-in-c who had succeeded Schlieffen) fatally amended the entirely viable plan provided by his predecessor.

But he was also mindful of the need to relieve the fortress of Przemysl, where, surrounded by the Russians, 120,000 of his troops were holding out. Conrad intended to employ German reinforcements, not to shore up his line, but to complement his own forces in a drive out of the Carpathians towards Przemysl. The Russians also had to make a decision concerning strategy. Should they launch a further offensive in East Prussia? Or should they attack Conrad's forces and attempt a breakout into the Hungarian plain?

The troops too were becoming exhausted, the artillery was wearing out, Russian position in Grodno, August 1915. Soldiers with a heavy machine-gun in a shallow trench. ammunition was running short and water was proving hard to come b): On the other side of the front the situation was mending. As the Russians retreated from the Polish salient, their line became shorter and fresh troops were more easily fed into the battle. Gradually the front stabilized. A new offensive into Courland in September, launched on his own initiative by Ludendorff, proved only a minor incident.

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