Attack on the Somme: Haig's Offensive 1916 by Martin Pegler

By Martin Pegler

The conflict of the Somme is fastened within the country's collective reminiscence as a catastrophe - essentially the most bloody episode within the catalogue of futile offensives introduced by way of the British at the Western entrance. Over 5 months of determined combating in 1916 the British wrestled with the Germans for keep watch over of a slender strip of risk free French geographical region. while the scuffling with petered out the British had slightly driven again the Germans from their unique positions for a mixed casualty determine of over one million males. yet after eighty years this infamous episode in western army historical past merits to be reassessed. formerly unpublished eyewitness bills are used to provide a desirable first-hand view of the fast event of the battling. As Martin Pegler exhibits, a revision in our evaluate of the Somme, specifically of the strategies and the weaponry hired through the warring parties, is late, and he demanding situations the normal assumptions concerning the process the conflict and its destiny effect at the improvement of war.

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The tanks of 17th Tank Regt broke into the city, and after three hours' fighting the Chinese fled. The Reconnaissance Unit pursued them and pushed on to Baisha; found to be abandoned by the Chinese, this was occupied by the Reconnaissance Unit on May 4. Mter the occupation of Linru, Gen Yamaji felt it important to occupy Longmen to support the capture of Luoyang, and assigned this mission to the Right Dash Group. When the group's tanks drew up before Longmen they came under AT gun fire. The Japanese probe revealed that a division-size Chinese force was deployed in the mountains near Longmen, and on the afternoon of the 5th the mobile infantry began to attack these positions.

The result of stupid bureaucracy was thus actually an advantage, since it provided spaced armor. In the failed April 20 attack at Tengnoupal, Type 97 mediums with this added armor survived hits from British 6-pdr {57mm} AT guns. 7cm gun, as used by the 2nd Reconnaissance Unit on Java in March 1942. 48 isolated. TheJapanese GHQ advanced the schedule for the conquest ofJava by a month, and ordered Sixteenth Army to invade at the end of February. The plan was for Sixteenth Army to land on the north coast ofJava at three points simultaneously.

As the crew prepared to engage this, an armor-piercing shell penetrated the frontal armor, killing the driver and seriously wounding the gunner. Tank commander Okamura realized the tank was on fire, but he decided to destroy the enemy gun before abandoning the tank. As he moved to the gunner's position another shell hit the turret, and the shock of its impact freed the jammed traverse. Realizing his good fortune, he fired three rounds and silenced the enemy gun. 31 Attempting to extinguish the fire, he found that the fire extinguisher was damaged.

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