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By Peter Oldham

The British military and her commonwealth Allies went to battle in 1914 with little wisdom and event of making everlasting, shell facts protecting constructions. a few masonry fortifications, reminiscent of shielding blockhouses in South Africa, have been equipped however the Royal Engineers of the military have been extra versed in easy transitority defenses appropriate for cellular conflict. domestic defenses have been a restricted variety of forts round naval ports, and Martello Towers at the east coast. It used to be thought of that the army was once particularly in a position to protect Britain’s coasts.

The Germans, however, as with the opposite continental international locations corresponding to France, Belgium, Italy, Holland, Poland, Austria, and so forth. have been always renewing and updating border forts for a number of centuries. that they had additionally maintained fortification and siege components in their armies, who have been skilled in designing and developing powerful shelters. either German and French armies all started the battle with a level of craftsmanship in what was once to turn into a static warfare with little stream. besides the fact that, through 1918 the British have been to surpass either enemy and her allies within the layout and building, with offer and logistics, of such shell facts disguise for troops and protective positions.

This e-book provides the heritage of improvement and innovation of concrete bunkers, capsule bins, blockhouses and normal concrete buildings through the First international battle. lots of those buildings – a few displaying seen indicators of conflict harm - nonetheless exist in France and Belgium today.

All the prevailing buildings, with picture (except for a few that are impractical, due to dense vegetation,) are proven inside. Many entries have modern maps displaying how they equipped right into a protective process, while for others the site will be pointed out from the textual content. GPS coordinates are given for every access, with the exception of a number of that are on inner most land and the place privateness has been requested.

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Father Richthofen also flew, not against the enemy, to be sure, but to visit his sons and, at that, not only once, but often. Such a visit was a day of honour for the Geschwader ... '20 Opposite page top: Jagdstaffel 11 marl{ed its move to Roucourt with three victories on 16 April. 2e, like the one seen here. Richthofen's description of his 45th triumph is the classic attack from above and behind, catching his opponent totally unawares: 'When ... flying just under the clouds, which were at an altitude of 1,000 metres, I observed an artillery flyer at 800 metres' altitude.

Then [during the interview with one of the captured crewmen] came what was in my view a typically British mean trick. He asl{ed me why I had acted so carelessly in landing. The reason was that I could not do anything else. Then the scoundrel said that in the final 300 metres he had tried to fire at me, but that he had a ONE EAGLE FALLS, ANOTHER RISES gun-jamb [sic]. I had given him the gift of his life - he took it and subsequently repaid me with an insidious personal attack. '20 A week and a day later, Richthofen flew the Halberstadt and shot down another two-seater and wounded its crew members so badly that they died shortly afterwards.

The synchronisation gear malfunctioned and he shot into his own propeller. He stopped firing, pulled away and returned to base with the splintered propeller seen here. Schafer's aeroplane was repaired, after which, he recounted: 'On the 4th [of March] things were much better. Our ... 'Swarm' was made ready; Richthofen wanted to go with us, but had to stay home because of a small defect [in his aeroplane]. So I led the way. We had scarcely arrived at the Front when a British formation appeared, flying low near Loos.

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