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5th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers in the Great War by F. W. E. Johnson

By F. W. E. Johnson

The fifth Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers shaped a part of the tenth (Irish) department raised on the outbreak of the nice struggle in line with Kitchener’s demand volunteers. This very concise heritage relates the battalion’s exploits which all started at Gallipoli in July 1915. After a troublesome mauling during this doomed crusade, the battalion recuperated at the Greek island of Lemnos ahead of being hurled into yet one more forlorn firm : the try to shop Serbia from being overrun. The unit’s years within the Balkans ended at the Macedonian entrance, to which they bid farewell within the autumn of 1916, with stories ‘chiefly composed of problem, disorder and ennui’. The battalion’s subsequent port of name was once the Palestine crusade of 1917-18, replacing mountain struggle for the wilderness. In Palestine the Battalion eventually tasted victory opposed to the Turks, assisting to force them from the Gaza-Bethsheba line and deep into the hills of Judea. The battalion ultimately embarked for France in might 1918. After a hard-earned spell of depart, and regardless of enduring its first gasoline assault, the battalion joined the pursuit of the Germans around the River Scheldt within the ultimate weeks of the battle.

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It was due only to enemy hesitation that the units, which had just been unloaded and lacked heavy weapons support, did not get into serious trouble. The enemy started his attack on the assembly area of the completely isolated division immediately after the arrival of the trains carrying the German tanks. htm (1 of 3)25-12-2004 15:06:33 Chapter Three: Troop Movements entire Russian cavalry corps with sixty-four tanks drove into the flank of the assembly area south of the Aksay River and achieved a penetration.

But whenever the enemy was firmly entrenched in front or on the flanks, this venture turned out to be dangerous and costly. During the later years of the war this improvisation was generally discontinued because of heavy casualties caused by antitank weapons and air attacks. Moreover, it was superseded by the introduction of armored personnel carriers. The Russians also used this expedient repeatedly and found it a fast means of transportation. But whenever they encountered German resistance they always suffered heavy casualties from 43 machine gun fire.

But whenever they encountered German resistance they always suffered heavy casualties from 43 machine gun fire. For that reason they discontinued this practice when they came close to the German lines. htm (1 of 7)25-12-2004 15:06:34 Chapter Four: Combat Arms II. Artillery In position warfare daily fire direction exercises carried out by the artillery and infantry howitzers assumed great significance. During these exercises all wire and radio communications were prohibited for extended periods.

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