First to the Front: The Aerial Adventures of 1st Lt. Waldo by Charles Woolley

By Charles Woolley

The ninety fifth Aero Squadron was once the 1st American pursuit squadron to fly over front in March 1918 and 1st Lt. Waldo Heinrichs used to be considered one of its unique contributors. The heritage of the Squadron is advised throughout the phrases of these who served, Heinrichs' richly written diary kinds the nucleus of the tale supported by means of modern letters, anecdotes, and strive against stories from the various different flyers. Entries from the professional Squadron background as inside the background of the yankee Air prone A.E.F. (the Gorrell heritage) around out the narrative. Over 280 images, such a lot unpublished from the non-public albums of the individuals, convey planes, locations and group of workers which surrounded this satisfied band of warriors.

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Sir John French, Chief of Staff of the British Army and Commander of the BEF, wrote a strongly worded letter to the War Office on 11 June pointing out the damage that would be done to British and Belgian morale if this withdrawal went ahead. He also raised concerns that such a move would shorten the German line considerably more than the British line. This would free up enemy forces and thus leave the BEF open to a new offensive. But these were not his only concerns. He also objected strongly to a number of British divisions being included in the French line.

Over two hundred prisoners were taken, besides some machine-guns, trench material and gas apparatus. Holding attacks by the neighbouring 2nd and 6th Corps were successful in helping the main attack, whilst the 36th French Corps cooperated very usefully with artillery fire on Pilkem. ’ Contents Acknowledgements Foreword Introduction Prologue Part One: The Protagonists Chapter 1 The Allies Chapter 2 The Germans Chapter 3 438th (1/1st Cheshire) Field Company RE Chapter 4 1st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers Chapter 5 4th Battalion Royal Fusiliers Chapter 6 1/10th The (King’s) Liverpool Regiment Chapter 7 1st Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment Chapter 8 1st Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment Chapter 9 1st Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers Chapter 10 3rd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment Chapter 11 2nd Battalion South Lancashire Regiment Chapter 12 1/4th Battalion South Lancashire Regiment Chapter 13 1st Battalion Wiltshire Regiment Chapter 14 1/4th Battalion Gordon Highlanders – 8th Brigade Chapter 15 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles Chapter 16 Army Service Corps Chapter 17 1st Battalion Honourable Artillery Company Chapter 18 Queen’s Westminster Rifles Chapter 19 42nd Brigade 14th (Light Division) Chapter 20 Preparations Part Two: The Battle Chapter 21 The Battle Begins Chapter 22 Early Success Chapter 23 The Attack Falters Chapter 24 The Tide Turns Chapter 25 A Desperate Situation Chapter 26 Gas and Counter-Attack Chapter 27 The Battle Ends Part Three: Summing Up Chapter 28 The Aftermath Chapter 29 The British Chapter 30 The Germans Chapter 31 Conclusion Appendix A The Fallen – The British Appendix B The Fallen German Acknowledgements First and foremost I would like to thank Martin Clift as without him this book would not have been written.

One regiment would be forward while the other would remain in reserve, ready to engage the enemy once the first regiment made contact. The nature of positional warfare meant regiments would advance in a line to cover as much of the sector as possible. They would often form their own reserves with one or two battalions forward while the rest remained in reserve. The strength of Square Divisions was approximately 17,500. This formation would gradually change during the war to become triangular. In a triangular division the infantry would be organized into three regiments.

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