By Alan W Cooper
First released to acclaim in 1992, this booklet offers with the exploits of Bomber Command in the course of their offensive opposed to German within the Ruhr in the course of international warfare II. the writer starts off by means of describing the function of Bomber Command and is going directly to outline the Ruhr sector and its nice significance by way of business output to the Germans. the writer presents the data for bombers dispatched, the quantity, which really obtained to the goals and people, which by no means made it for one cause or one other. Air conflict of the Ruhr is a whole evaluate of a massive point of the air warfare opposed to mainland Germany – a topic that has not often been handled in such intensity. This ebook fills in a major hole within the historical past of the Royal Air strength.
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Heavy artillery British artillery position on the Western Front. Although machine guns killed many thousands of people during World War I, nevertheless it was artillery that was the real killer. In World War I, artillery inflicted 70 per cent of all casualties. With the war being so static, the huge guns could take up permanent positions in strategically good locations, from where they could launch massive numbers of highexplosive shells. Commanders saw artillery as the key to overcoming the defences of the enemy and thus every major attack was preceded by a prolonged artillery barrage.
1915: stalemate In 1915, the stalemate continued on the Western Front. Several attempts were made to break this situation, but they all failed: the British tried at Neuve Chapelle and Loos, the French lost thousands of men in an unsuccessful offensive in Champagne, and the Germans were driven back from Ypres in April. It was at this second battle of Ypres that poison gas was first used by the Germans, and although it was initially effective in clearing the British trenches, the gas also prevented the Germans from making any progress, and the attack was halted.
By the end of the year, the Russians had withdrawn some 450km with losses of a million dead and a further million taken prisoner. A Russian general reported to the Tsar; ‘A third of the men have no rifles. These poor devils have to wait patiently until their comrades fall so they can pick up their weapons. ’ The Russians had to establish a new defensive line that extended from Riga on the Baltic Sea to Romania in the Balkans – a line that was soon to become ‘six hundred miles of mud and horror’.