British Fighter Units - Western Front 1917-1918 by Alex Revell

By Alex Revell

This publication lines the strive against background of British fighter devices. significant airplane varieties are all lined, and their missions certain. airplane markings and aircrew uniforms are proven in complete color illustrations.

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Although the events of September 7 had not yet won the battle, they had changed the situation dramatically. The Allies threatened the German First Army with encirclement. The kaiser’s playboy son, German Fifth Army commander Crown Prince Wilhelm, shelved his plans for a triumphal march down the Champs Elysées reminiscent of the one the Prussian army had taken in 1871. Paris was safe. Back in Luxembourg, Moltke understood as well as the Crown Prince that the battle was not leaning in his favor. Far from the front lines, he had a much less clear picture of events than did Joffre or Sir John.

Ment as a civilian, he came to France in his field marshal’s uniform to impress upon Sir John his own view of the chain of command. Kitchener succeeded in changing Sir John’s mind, and the BEF assumed defensive positions east of Paris. By September 4, the opposing armies were spread out, like taut elastic bands, across a 200-mile front from Paris to Verdun. The revised German plan envisioned rolling up the two flanks of the Allied line and pushing the Allied armies in against each other. The maneuver promised to destroy the Allied forces in front of Paris, but it demanded a great deal from German soldiers who had been on the march and engaged in combat for a month.

The First, Second, and Third Armies were thousands of men below the strength with which they had begun the war. Many units had outmarched their supplies and were living off the land. The men were tired, hungry, and short of ammunition. Joffre’s own men were as tired as their German enemies were, but they were closer to their supply lines, and reinforcements from the French provinces were on their way to Paris. ”15 Gallieni then met with Sir John’s Chief of Staff and agreed on a plan to act together, the details of which Joffre and Sir John soon confirmed.

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