By E. U. Bradbridge
The 59th department was once a Territorial second-line department (2nd N Midland), that got here into life in January 1915. In April 1916, following the Easter rebellion, the department was once despatched to eire, to Dublin, the 1st TF department to serve in eire. After suppressing the difficulty in Dublin the 59th was once despatched to the Curragh the place it engaged in battle education for the remainder of the 12 months, returning to England in January 1917. within the following March the department crossed to France and served thereafter at the Western entrance - at 3rd Ypres, Cambrai, at St Quentin and Bapaume within the German offensive of March 1918, at Baileul and Kemmel Ridge in the course of the German offensive at the Lys in April 1918. In early might the department used to be decreased to education cadre prestige, wasting its infantry battalions and different devices, however the following month it was once reconstituted with type B males from Garrison protect battalions. After a interval of teaching the department went again into the road on the finish of July and took half within the operations east of Amiens in August and within the ultimate enhance in Artois and Flanders.'This account is uncommon in respects: within the first position it isn't a proper historical past yet a chain of narratives contributed via commanders and others, from GOC right down to a WO at divisional HQ, describing occasions from their perspective; and within the moment position there's a individually released complement containing additional narratives from one of many brigade commanders, from the OCs box squadrons, RE and from one of many divisional RASC corporation OCs. one of many narratives describes a brigade’s operations opposed to the Sinn Fein in Dublin, within which on one occcasion brigade casualties amounted to 19 officials and 143 different ranks of whom 30 died. The complement is incorporated during this reprint. one of the appendices is one quoting examples of acts of gallantry together with one of many VCs presented; one other offers a precis of the divisional list from formation to armistice and there are extracts from professional correspondence and operational orders. numerous leisure occasions are defined - horse races, competitions for divisional shipping, box ambulances, sign corporation and different equestrian occasions. One very worthy merchandise is a desk directory all of the division’s strikes, with dates, from arrival in France on 26 February 1917 to eight March 1919, giving destinations and Corps and military subordination.
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September to plan for TORCH and then to command the SOS to be established in North Africa. Larkin was titular chief 45 Ruppenthal, Logistical Support of the Armies, Volume I, p. 44. The account of the evolution of the ETOUSA command structure is drawn from pp. 32-44. 46 Bengsten, Hist Resume; Lee Diary, entries 7 and 8 May 42, Adm files 102, ETOUSA Hist Sect. 28 CORPS OF ENGINEERS: THE WAR AGAINST GERMANY engineer until 2 November, but, in fact, he was replaced on 15 September by Col. (later Maj.
34 Ltr, Adams to Chaney, 15 May 42; ETO Gen Bd Rpt 128, Logistical Build-up in the British Isles, p. 47. 35 Hist 397th Engr Depot Co; Rpt, Force Engr, NIF, to OCE, 17 Feb 42, sub: Interim Report; Interv with Col Anson D. Marston. 21 On 1 June 1942, the Northern Ireland Base Command (Provisional) was formed to relieve V Corps of supply and administrative problems so that it could, as the highest ground force command in the United Kingdom, devote its full time to tactical preparations. The arrangement was short-lived; the command soon became part of a Services of Supply in the newly formed European Theater of Operations under the more normal designation of a base section.
40 Ruppenthal, Logistical Support of the Armies, Vol- ume I, pp. , Key Plan, 5 Jun 42, BOLERO Publications, OCE ETOUSA Hist Records. 41 Maj. Gen. C. R. Moore, Final Report of Chief Engineer European Theater of Operations 1942—1945, p. 231 (cited hereafter as Moore, Final Report); Mtgs, British War Cabinet, BOLERO Combined Committee (London), OCE ETOUSA Hist Records; F. M. Albrecht, "Engineer Aspects of Operation BOLERO," The Military Engineer, XLII, no. 286 (March-April 1950), 116. 24 CORPS OF ENGINEERS: THE WAR AGAINST GERMANY were assigned positions in that area (the British Southern Command) west of the principal British forces, for the Conti- nental invasion plan provided that the Americans were to be on the right, the British on the left, when they went ashore in France.
59th Division. 1915-1918 by E. U. Bradbridge