By George Forty
The publication follows in images, captions and textual content the German Armys presence in Flanders from its arrival in September 1914 until eventually the summer season of 1916.It seems to be on the Kaisers Armys battles with the French, Belgians and British, concentrating totally on the latter and the battles for Ypres (1st Ypres - 1914 and 2d Ypres - 1915 and the gasoline attacks). The booklet is prepared in 4 sections targeted textual content round 50.000 images (that are interspersed into the textual content with captions) a chronological order of occasions in Flanders and a piece at the German divisions that fought there. the place appropriate fabric from the German domestic entrance is included.Each section and point of the interval is defined from the German viewpoint utilizing fundamental and secondary assets from either Germany and Britain.
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With steady voice and shining eyes the battle song resounded through the aircraft: “Denn wir fahren gegen England” – “For we're marching against England”. Now at last we really were. An unforgettable moment. We still didn't know what to expect, battle or peace. When we approached the coast our Ju climbed and soon we were circling over Guernsey. Quickly the experienced eye of the pilot picked out the airfield, one more loop and already the machine was on the runway and halted in front of the airport building.
IWM – HU25940 The note which was posted some eight days before the Germans arrived. However, as the Germans swept through France and the Low Countries, views changed. Initially it was decided (at a meeting of the War Cabinet on 12 June) that the islands should be defended and approval was given to send two infantry battalions as quickly as possible to replace the training establishments that were stationed there. This was rapidly followed by a complete change of heart as it swiftly came home to all concerned that when the Germans controlled the Channel coast – and this would now be in a matter of days or even hours – the islands would then lose what little strategic importance they had and were thus not worth defending.
IWM - HU 25922 Front page of Guernsey Evening Press It was much the same at St Peter Port, although here there was some retaliation in that the twin AA Lewis guns on the mail steamer Isle of Sark, which was embarking passengers for England at the time, opened fire, but none of the planes were damaged. There were casualties from bombing in other parts of the islands as well as in the actual dock areas, whilst the Guernsey lifeboat which had been off Noirmont on its way to Jersey, was machine-gunned, killing one of the crew.
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