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Ghosts of Old Companions pdf Ghosts of Old Companions , ebook Ghosts of Old Companions , epub Ghosts of Old Companions , doc Ghosts of Old Companions , e-pub Ghosts of Old Companions , Ghosts of Old Companions 34e43dcb8b3 The Th Welsh Division Was Formed From Many Thousands Of Welsh Volunteers In Late And As Part Of Kitchener S New Armies A Force For The Long War That He Was The First To Recognise It Was To Be Ready For Battle In David Lloyd George Strongly Supported The Expansion Of The British Army And Even Hoped For A Welsh Army Corps, To Be Formed From The Th, Rd And Th Welsh Divisions, Along With The Welsh Infantry And Cavalry Units Drawn From Regular Divisions Of The Army This Was A Hope Never Realised, For Reasons That Will Be ExploredThe Th Division Carried Out Its Training In Britain And Shipped To France In November Its Units Took Part In The Little Known Second Christmas Truce The Division Served Numerous Tours Of Duty In The Line Until The Summer Of Mametz Wood Village And The Area Around Fricourt Saw One Of The Few Successes By The British Army On July Haig Decided To Reinforce That Success And Attack Again Around Fricourt In Order To Capture The German Second Defence Line At Its Closest Point Between Longeval And Bazentin General Rawlinson, Whose Army Was To Undertake The Task, Had Little Option But To Assault This Position Frontally He Decided To Do So Between The Two Large Woods Of Mametz On The Left And Trones On The Right RW Fus Was Ordered To Mount A Formal Attack During The Night Of July, In Conjunction With The Th Division After A Deal Of Confusion In The Dark, The Battalion Gained Its Objectives, Using New Bombing Tactics, For The Loss Of Killed And Wounded It Was Here That Siegfried Sassoon Won His Military CrossThe Bulk Of Mametz Wood Was, However, Still In German Hands The Task Of Clearing It Was Allocated To XIV Corps Under Lieutenant General Sir Henry Horne Horne Decided To Attack The Wood From Two Directions Using Two Divisions The Th Division Would Attack From The West, Out Of RW Fusiliers Objective, Quadrangle Trench At Hrs On July, To Capture Quadrangle Support Trench And Pearl Alley If This Succeeded, A Combined Attack On The Wood Would Be Mounted By The Th And Th Welsh Divisions, With Th Welsh Division Attacking Across Open Ground From The East Out Of Caterpillar And Marlborough Woods Th Division Was To Attack In Echelon, That Is, With The First Assault Brigade Leading, Followed By The Second Brigade, Followed By The Third The Line Of Assault Would Take The Troops Parallel With The German Second Line Trenches And Without Suppressing Artillery Fire And A Smoke Barrage, The Troops Would Be Raked By Flanking Fire From German Strong Points In Sabot And Flat Iron CopsesThe First Attack By Th Division Failed And So The Second Phase Went In At Hrs Th Welch And Th South Wales Borderers Were Stopped By Heavy Machine Gun Fire And The Attack Failed To Get Within Yards Of The Wood, Not Least Because The Supporting Artillery Fire Did Not Arrive A Second Attempt Was Made At Hrs With A Similar Result A Third Attempt Was Ordered For Hrs It Had Been Raining Hard All Day, The Ground Was Sodden, The Trenches Half Filled With Mud And Water, The Approach To The Wood, Which Was Down A Slope Which In Places Was Almost A Cliff Had Become Near Impossible, And All The Telephone Lines Used To Call In Artillery Fire Support Had Been Broken Brigadier General Evans Of Brigade Was Convinced That Another Attack Under These Conditions Would End In Disaster He Managed To Have The Attack Cancelled, A Move Which Saved Many Lives, But Which Ended His Own CareerThe Next Afternoon, And Brigades Were Ordered To Attack The Wood Again On July With In Reserve This Attack Was Postponed Until Dawn On July Because The Conditions Had Not Improved At This Moment, Major General Ivor Phillips On The Left Was Removed From Command Of The Th Division A Serious Decision By Haig And The Corps Commander And Brigades Were Ordered To Move Slowly And Methodically Up The Wood There Would Be Three Lifts Of The Artillery Barrage Within The Wood, Supporting Brigade On The Left And Brigade On The Right To Everyone S Astonishment, The Attack Succeeded Once In The Wood, Fighting Became Very Confused Affair Not Least Because Of The Dense Undergrowth And The Destruction Caused By The Artillery Many Prisoners Taken And At One Point There Were Eleven Welsh Battalions In The WoodIn The Evening, Brigade Was Ordered To Relieve The Two Assault Brigades And Take Over The Defence Of The Wood Against German Counter Attacks On July, Brigade Came Under Fire From British Artillery Falling Short Of The German Trenches This Fire Not Only Pinned Down The Brigade, But Put A Stop To Any Prospect Of A Further Surprise Attack For The Germans Were Now Thoroughly Roused Progress Was Made, However, On The Western Side Of The WoodThat Night, The Th Division Was Relieved In The Line By The St Division And Pulled Back Into Rest Robert Graves Was With The Nd Battalion Of The Royal Welsh Fusiliers In The Rd Division When They Entered Mametz Wood Shortly Afterwards And He Described The Scene Thus In Goodbye To All That Mametz Wood Was Full Of The Dead Of The Prussian Guards Reserve, Big Men, And The Royal Welch And South Wales Borderers Of The New Army Battalions, Little Men There Was Not A Single Tree Unbroken There Had Been Bayonet Fighting In The Wood There Was A Man Of The South Wales Borderers And One Of The Lehr Regiment Who Had Succeeded In Bayoneting Each Other Simultaneously A Survivor Of The Fighting Told Me Later That He Had Seen A Young Solder If The Th Royal Welch Bayoneting A German In Parade Ground Style, Automatically Exclaiming As He Had Been Taught In, Out, On Guard The Th Division, Much Reduced By Casualties, Was Moved Away Into Rest Having Lost Somewhere Between One Third And A Half Of Its Fighting Strength, And Here The Story Of Their Part In The Battle EndsAs Well As Examining The Story Of The Th Division From Its Formation Until The End Of The Battle For Mametz, This Book Also Looks At Things From The Point Of View Of The Germans, Using The Published Regimental Histories And Personal Accounts From The Lehr Regiment The Guard Fusiliers The Th Grenadiers The Nd W Rttemberg Infantry And The Th, Rd, Rd, And Th Infantry RegimentsThe Book Reveals New Material On, Among Other Matters, The Forces Involved, The Christmas Truce Of , The German Fortifications Of Mametz Wood And The Casualties On Both Sides

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