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By Chris Chant, Mark Rolfe

Beginning the battle with simply 35 airplane, Austro-Hungarian went directly to produce simply reasonable numbers of terrible caliber plane. The fliers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire working at the Serbian and Russian fronts have been lucky before everything, discovering themselves confronted by way of small numbers of plane but extra obsolescent than their very own. Serbia fell in 1915, but if Italy declared conflict the Austro-Hungarians have been nonetheless confronted with a two-front struggle – a static entrance opposed to Italy, and a much more fluid one opposed to Russia. Austro-Hungarian fighter pilots played bravely and infrequently very successfully less than tremendous tough geographic, climatic and operational stipulations.

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It was exceptionally quiet; the troops of 3rd Division were situated on the western edge of Railway Wood and shrouded in a thick mist which reduced visibility and gave the illusion of safety. Private 21660, Patrick Joseph Carpenter, waited patiently for the order to fire. Born in 1878 in St Andrews, Dublin, Patrick had joined the Army on 9 August 1897 and enlisted in the Field Artillery. When war started in August 1914, Patrick had been posted to the 5th Division Ammunition Column as a driver and by 19 August he was on his way to Mons.

246 ‘On 14 June 1915 an aerial photograph was received by the regiment. Clearly visible on it was the fact that south of the Menin – Ypres road between Hooge and 3rd Borne and east and west of the track between Eierwäldchen [Egg Copse – Railway Wood] the enemy had dug a complex of trenches (a so-called trench honeycomb) with four parallel lines of trenches arranged one behind the other. It was estimated that six battalions could be assembled within them ready to launch a quick succession of assaulting waves.

He served in several general staff positions within the Saxon Army at both Division and Corps level and also with the Prussian General Staff in Berlin. He replaced von Hausen as Saxony’s War Minister in May 1914 and was then called on to head the newly formed XXVII Reserve Corps (Sächsisch-Württembergische Reservekorps). This command did not last long as, although he returned to the field after a heart ailment in October 1914, it was only as an Infantry Division Commander. His replacement was Louis Theodor Richard von Schubert.

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