Bazentin Ridge: Somme (Battleground Europe) by Edward Hancock

By Edward Hancock

The e-book covers intimately the assaults of 14-18 July 1916 opposed to the Bazentin Woods and villages and past. Walks and excursions of the environment components are incorporated with certain motion maps.

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38 timings were run off a ship's bell and leaving the station was referred to as 'going ashore'. The 'quarterdeck' was a large, flat area of tarmac dominated by a tall ship's mast which flew the Royal Navy ensign. In the morning and at noon divisions were piped, and all available 'Ship's Company' would muster on the quarterdeck in smart rig, marching to the tune of a pipe band, if the occasion demanded. Pilots were accommodated with other officers in the station wardroom. Wardrooms on the home front, especially in the older naval establishments, were typically grandiose affairs, with officers accommodated in single-man 'cabins', silver service meals in formal rig being provided every night and public rooms such as reading rooms, games rooms and the bar often decorated with grand paintings of past naval actions.

A. J. Warneford to win his Victoria Cross. Roland Garros used the same type of aircraft when he fitted deflector plates to his propeller blades to allow for a forward-firing machine gun. 55 It was not until 1916 that British and French pilots were equipped with aircraft types able to fight back against the 'Fokker Scourge'. The RFC relied on the pusher type, using DH2s and FE2bs. 2 Wing in the Aegean. Whilst still not fitted with a synchronizer gear, the Nieuport 11 overcame this by fitting a Lewis machine gun on the upper wing, fixed to fire forwards but above and clear of the propeller.

Whilst the Dicta Boelcke advised pilots to attack in groups of four or six, scout pilots of the RNAS and RFC would often patrol in much smaller groups than those of the German Jastas. The small tactical element of the pair was the most flexible formation, not hampered by the constraints of manoeuvring a large, cumbersome formation around the sky. This lesson would be forgotten and relearned several times in several wars throughout the 20th century. Here, an enemy aircraft attacks the pair from the rear.

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