International Military Digest Volume 4, No. 3

International Military Digest Volume 4, No. 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...The main attack was delivered from the southwest by the 5th and 6th Reserve Divisions and the Marine Division. Forts Waelhem and Lierre fell on the 2nd of October, a day after Ft. Wavre St. Catherine had been taken. All these forts were constructed of poor materials, were inadequately armed, and had too much visibility. With their capture the Germans had a breech of 14 kms. in the outer defensive zone. After several days of bloody fighting in the flooded region of the Nethe River the Germans entered the outer line and, as the inner line of forts could put up no great defense, the city immediately surrendered. Engineer Services Roads.--There are plenty of very good roads in Belgium. They are usually surfaced with macadam or paving stone. The engineers are constantly building new roads, and upon their completion they are put under the care of prisoners. Bridges.--The Germans have retained their pre-war bridge materiel. To each division is attached a ponton section, with sufficient materiel to construct a light bridge 60 meters in length or a heavy bridge 35 meters long. The ponton materiel is carried in 15 wagons. Each army corps has engineer organizations attached to it, and bridge materiel which may be used to supplement that of the divisional ponton section. For infantry advances small hand bridges up to 10 meters in length are provided for crossing narrow obstructions or holes. For passing water-filled holes a metallic float is provided. For muddy ground, simple duck boards with a single rail to serve as a night guide are made in great numbers. Around Dixmude, as well as on the Russian front, these duck boards are laid by kilometers over muddy, boggy ground. Mining Materiel.--The Ypres salient is the only place on the Belgian front where the...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236632621
  • 9781236632623