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Pouring with Rain - Troops Fed Up: British Second Army and the Liberation Offensive in Flanders 1918

Dennis Williams



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Helion & Company
01 April 2018
History; European history; 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000; First World War; Battles & campaigns
In September 1918 Second Army was the weakest of the British Armies on the Western Front; many of its formations had been rebuilt through young conscripts and men reclassified as fit for the frontline. It was, however, commanded by General Herbert Plumer ('Plumer of Messines'), considered by some historians to be perhaps the most successful of the British generals. During the final months of the First World War, Second Army fought and won two major battles. In coalition with Belgian and French forces in the Groupe d'Armees des Flandres, Second Army became the spearhead of a successful war of liberation which drove the German occupying forces out of Flanders. Its victories assisted Allied forces to clear the Channel coast, and led to the liberation of occupied Belgium. The story is presented from the perspective of Second Army and is based largely on original research primarily the war diaries of the Army's formations together with selected contemporary writing, unit histories and current academic analysis of the latter part of the war. This volume describes events on the Western Front in 1918 which have received little or no attention in the available literature on the war. It tells of a war of movement a war of liberation a war where men fought and died for control of cottages and farms, villages and towns. The liberation offensive in Belgium began on 28 September with the final breakthrough to eliminate the iconic salient around Ypres it ended on 11 November with the British Commander-in-Chief Douglas Haig threatening to resign his post unless Second Army was restored to his command. The background to these and other events are addressed in this comprehensive military history of the campaign. From the initial planning and preparations, strategy, tactics and subsequent fighting all examined through exhaustive British war diary research. As a result, novel and challenging conclusions emerge.
By:   Dennis Williams
Imprint:   Helion & Company
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 245mm,  Width: 170mm, 
ISBN:   9781911096559
ISBN 10:   1911096559
Series:   Wolverhampton Military Studies
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   01 April 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Following 10 years in teaching, Dennis moved into education management - subsequently holding a number of senior positions. After leaving local government, he undertook a range of consultancy, interim management and administrative-based work in education and children's services, while increasingly concentrating on his interest in military history. This is reflected in both his research and his writing - and as a specialist subject for his second-hand book business. The remainder of his working time is spent in support of his wife's vintage and design business, and carrying out the role of an independent chair for the NHS' continuing healthcare services. In 2003, Dennis was awarded an MA in Military History at the University of Leeds - following which he undertook further research under the auspices of the Centre for First World War Studies (University of Birmingham). His researches led to him contributing a chapter for a recent book on the British Army during the final period of the First World War. An enthusiastic player of wargames, he has written a rulebook for 19th century warfare in Europe.

Reviews for Pouring with Rain - Troops Fed Up: British Second Army and the Liberation Offensive in Flanders 1918

The author accomplishes a nice blend of tactical and logistical datat with the wider operational and command issues... * Miniature Wargames - Chris Jarvis *

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