The Hindenburg Line

Author: Patrick R. Osborn
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472814819
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Jagging across north-western Europe like an ugly scar, the Hindenburg Line was Germany's most formidable line of defence in World War I. Its fearsome reputation was matched only by its cunning design, with deep zigzagging trenches, concrete fieldworks, barbed wire and devilish booby traps forming an intimidating barrier for any attacking army. Through meticulous research, this volume explores each of the major portions of the Hindenburg Line, paying particular attention to three examples of Allied operations against it towards the end of the war: the critical flanking of the Drocourt-Qeant Switch; the daring but costly rupture of the line of the St Quentin Canal; and the bloody battles of the Meuse-Argonne. Specially commissioned artwork and historical photographs perfectly complement the analysis provided by the authors as they trace the life of the Hindenburg Line from its seemingly invulnerable early years through to the audacious tactics used by the Allies to achieve a bitter victory in 1918.

1918 Amiens To The Hindenburg Line

Author: Peter Burness
Editor: DVA Anzac Portal
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Australians on the Western Front—1918 Amiens to the Hindenburg Line is the final book in the Australians on the Western Front 1916-1918 series developed by the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Through The Hindenburg Line Crowning Days On The Western Front

Author: Frederick Arthur McKenzie
Editor: Pickle Partners Publishing
ISBN: 1782890971
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Arthur McKenzie was a member of the fiercely proud band of Canadians who made that trip across the Atlantic to fight alongside the British other Dominion troops. He served from the days of 1915 to the end of the war in 1918, surviving the many terrible dangers of the front-line. He recounts the tales of the band of brothers that he fought with, and the “family” feeling that permeated the Candian troops from the commanding General right down to the lowliest private. The author’s main focus is in describing his experience in the battles that he took part in during 1917 and 1918 as the title suggests including at Vimy ridge and at Passchendaele and Amiens in 1918. He describes the different elements of trench warfare, from raiding the enemy line with knob-kerries and grenades, to the shelling, tanks and mayhem of a full offensive “push”. A great First World War Memoir. Author — McKenzie, Frederick Arthur, 1869-1931 Text taken, whole and complete, from the edition published in London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1918. Original Page Count – 429 pages

Smashing The Hindenburg Line

Author: Ross Kay
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American twin brothers, Earl and Leon Platt, experience non-stop adventures as the fight in France during World War I. Together with Jesse Tiger, an Apache soldier, they actively participate in battles, capturing German prisoners and rescuing friends.

From Anzac To The Hindenburg Line

Author: Norman K. Harvey
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ISBN: 9781847349279
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For Australia the First World War remains the most costly conflict in terms of deaths and casualties. From a population of fewer than five million, 416,809 men enlisted, of which over 60,000 were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner. In general terms with Australian unit histories the quality of authorship is very good, most of them share the common strength of making plentiful mention of the individual officers and men who served, fought, died, was wounded, or taken prisoner, or who came safely home at the end of it all. They are a prime source for genealogists and military historians.

The Hindenburg Line

Author: Adam Rankin
Editor: Big Sky Publishing
ISBN: 1922265551
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In the last devastating months of the First World War, the British Fourth Army pursued the Germans to their final defensive position — the Hindenburg Line, a formidable series of defensive positions studded with concrete dugouts and thickly set barbed wire. The Hindenburg Line 1918 describes the two fiercely fought set-piece battles which saw Fourth Army break through the German line, paving the way for the final pursuit which ended with the Armistice. The Australian Corps was a pivotal part of the offensive to breach the Hindenburg Line, culminating in the assault to capture Montbrehain, the last Australian battle of the war. By the time it reached the Hindenburg Line, the Australian Corps had been in the line for months, its units exhausted and depleted. Despite this, these final offensives saw the battle-hardened Australians demonstrate their skill in the use of infantry, artillery, machine-guns, tanks, aeroplanes and all the other implements of war that had altered so fundamentally since 1914. Australian commanders had likewise benefited from years of war and were highly skilled in planning complex operations that incorporated the latest tactics, techniques and procedures. But the scale of operations on the Western Front required close cooperation with British and Allied troops, and it was as part of this coalition that the Australian Corps would play its vital role in finally securing battlefield victory and bringing the war to an end.

Breaking The Hindenburg Line

Author: Major R. E. Priestley
Editor: Andrews UK Limited
ISBN: 1781507392
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At an hour and date to be notified later, the 46th Division, as part of a major operation, will cross the St. Quentin Canal, capture the Hindenburg Line, and advance to a position shown on the attached map A. This was the opening paragraph of the preliminary operation order which was to lead to one of the most outstanding feats of arms of the Great War, and that is where this story begins. It takes us through the planning, the opposed crossing and the subsequent divisional operations up to the armistice. How formidable the task was can be gauged from the photos of the canal; the bed was about 35 feet wide and it was like the ditch of a fortress. The approaches to the canal on the west side were covered by a continuous line of trenches, sited on a slight rise, with frequent strongpoints housing machine-guns, protected by a broad belt of barbed wire. Under the cover of a favourable mist and one of the finest barrages ever seen (fired without registration) the 46th Division stormed the enemy forward positions with few casualties and pushed on to make the crossing. The Riqueval bridge was still intact and it was secured by a party of N Staffs and sappers who rushed it, killing all the demolition party, who had been sheltering from the barrage, before they could reach it. The bridge still stands today, just as it was when captured. This is an absorbing account of an operation that went literally according to plan and from there the division went from one success to another as the story unfolds. The earlier history of the division is only briefly covered in an introductory chapter. It was the first complete TF division to arrive on the Western Front, in February 1915. Its first major battle was an attack on the Hohenzollern Redoubt at the end of the Loos offensive in which it suffered over 3,800 casualties in two days. Its attack on Gommecourt on 1st July 1916 was a failure that cost some 2,500 casualties; it also cost the divisional commander (Montagu-Stuart-Wortley). his job It wasn’t until the last few weeks of the war that the 46th Division really made its mark. In that time it encountered and defeated sixteen German divisions at a cost of 4,200 casualties. Total casualties throughout the war amounted to 29,569 and six VCs were won. The divisional sign was a rectangle surrounded by a white edge; the top half of the rectangle was scarlet and the lower half rifle green, the colours of the KRRC, the first GOC’s regiment.

Flesquieres

Author: Jack Horsfall
Editor: Casemate Publishers
ISBN: 0850528976
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The Battle of Cambrai (20 November 1917 - 3 December 1917), a campaign of World War I, was noted for the first successful use of tanks. A second Battle of Cambrai took place between 8 October 1918 - 10 October 1918 as part of the Hundred Days Offensive and was a deciding factor in the eventual German defeat. Jack Horsfall covers the fighting west of Cambrai at Flesquières. His tours cover the ground extensively; and he spends a great deal of the tours section on the often neglected cemeteries which hold the bodies of men of both sides. --from Introduction (p. 6).

The Hindenburg Line

Author: Peter Oldham
Editor: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 0850525683
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The Hindenburg Line, or Siegfriedstellung, achieved almost mythical status in the minds of the British public: the strongest defence system the world had then seen, scientifically designed by fortification experts with only one aim, to keep at bay the British Army. So pleased and delighted were the British that church bells were rung when the Line was pierced at Cambrai in November 1917. The new wonder-weapon, the Tank, had shown itself to be capable of great deeds and British Generals were seen to be capable of showing the Germans what Tommy could do when properly organised. The initial elation was followed by disappointment as the Germans fought back and the Hindenburg defences were retaken when the Germans used "defence-in-depth" and "elastic-defence", both new concepts to the British who were to learn from their mistakes. The British were to witness triumph and joy again, when, towards the end of the Great War, the Hindenburg Line was to be broken by men from the Midlands. This book examines the reasons for the German's decision to fall back to a strong defence line while their Navy starved Britain into submission, and the "burnt earth" policy of devastation in the area evacuated. The design and layout of the Hindenburg Line, and the Battles for its possession in 1917 and 1918, are given: with numerous maps covering different sectors and the struggles for each village and farm, together with the part played by many British Regiments. The maps contain information on how to find all remaining vestiges of both German and British defences in the region, most of which are rarely visited and many of which have not been seen by British eyes for many years. No book since the Great War has examined this area in such detail, nor has any single account contained so much for the battlefield visitor to see. The sites of individual acts of bravery, including the winning of many Victoria Crosses are featured, and existing locations of battle lines, headquarters, artillery observation and machine gun posts are also included, together with an absorbing narrative which also guides the armchair reader.

The Hindenburg Line 1918

Author: Alistair McCluskey
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472820320
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From 26 September until 8 October 1918, the Allied armies in France launched their largest ever combined offensive on the Western Front of World War I. The British, French, American and Belgian armies launched four attacks in rapid succession across a 250km front between the Argonne and Flanders. At the centre of this huge assault the British, First, Third and Fourth Armies, led by Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, breached the formidable Hindenburg Line defences and drove the Kairser's Army from its last fully prepared defensive position west of the German border. The impact of this defeat had a shattering effect on the Germans with their army admitting for the first time that an armistice was required to save it from annihilation. Although these decisive results were to a large extent consequences of the battle of the Hindenburg Line, the subsequent controversies over the conduct of the war meant that it went unheralded and has remained Haig's forgotten triumph.

Facing The Hindenburg Line Personal Observations At The Fronts And In The Camps Of The British Fre

Author: Burris Jenkins
Editor: Wentworth Press
ISBN: 9780469666672
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The Battle That Won The War Bellenglise

Author: Peter Rostron
Editor: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1526711648
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It is no exaggeration to claim that 46th North Midland Divisions action on 29 September 1918 was the hammer blow that shattered the will of the German High Command.Painting the strategic picture from early 1918 and the dark weeks following the Germans March offensive, the Author lays the ground for the Allied counter-strike. Ahead of them was the mighty Hindenburg Line, the Kaisers formidable defensive obstacle given added strength by the St Quentin Canal.Undaunted the Allies attacked using American, Australian and British formations. Led by Major General Boyd, 46 Division stormed the Canal and, thanks to a combination of sound planning and determined courageous fighting, seized their Hindenburg Line objective by the end of the day.The psychological damage to the German will, already weakened by the failure of the Spring offensive, is demonstrate by Ludendorffs collapse and opening of negotiations that led five weeks later to the Armistice.

Epehy

Author: K. W. Mitchinson
Editor: Casemate Publishers
ISBN: 0850526272
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The village of Epehy gave its name to one of the most important battles of 1918.Evacuated by the Germans during their retreat to the Hindenburg Line, the ruins were occupied by British Forces until the German offensive. They were recaptured in some of the bloodiest engagements of September 1918.

Facing The Hindenburg Line

Author: Burris A. Jenkins
Editor: Forgotten Books
ISBN: 9780267309269
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Excerpt from Facing the Hindenburg Line: Personal Observations at the Fronts and in the Camps of the British, French, Americans, and Italians, During the Campaigns of 1917 I do not say these things to boast. No man can come into close contact with this world misfortune and, if he have any imagination or any soul, come away with egoism accentuated. When many of the choicest men of earth: artists, scholars, musicians, men of letters, are dying - common soldiers in trenches, - one can only feel the insignificance of self. I say these things, then, only to give confidence in the statements made, when, in these days, one can not always be sure what to believe. I have written down what I saw and heard. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

Duty Honor Privilege

Author: Stephen L. Harris
Editor: Potomac Books Incorporated
ISBN: 9781574887402
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This well-told story of wealth and privilege, inspirational patriotism, and courage recounts one of the most heroic and socially fascinating episodes of World War I

The Story Of The 27th Division

Author: John Francis O'Ryan
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Villers Plouich

Author: K. W. Mitchinson
Editor: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1473820278
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Villers Plouich and its adjacent ridges were among the last centres of German resistance west of the Hindenburg Line. The capture and consolidation of the hamlet and nearby villages in April 1917 necessitated ferocious and well-executed attacks by several British divisions. When British and Dominion troops again approached the Hindenburg Line in 1918, some of the bloodiest engagements of the Hundred Days were fought over the ridges of Villers Plouich, Beaucamp and La Vacquerie.

The History Of The Second Queen S Royal Regiment Now The Queen S Royal West Surrey Regiment

Author: Great Britain. - Army. - Infantry. - Queen's Royal (West Surrey) Regiment
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