Published by the Royal Dublin Fusliers Association in Dublin in 2008, 128 pages. Paperback (N7370)
This book provides a detailed account of the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers on the Western Front during the German Offensive in March 1918.
The Irish participation in this battle is perhaps less well known than in the Battles of the Somme, Messines and Passchendaele, and for this reasons the book is a welcome addition to the history of Irish involvement in the First World War. The major German attack, launched in the Somme region on the 21st of March 1918, almost succeeded. This attack was the last opportunity for Germany to win the war before the arrival of the American forces in France, and the offensive was known as the Kaiserschlacht - the Kaiser's Battle. The outcome of this battle thus proved decisive...
Over 320 Dublin Fusiliers were killed during the battle, and the book includes a thirty-page Appendix listing all those who died on each day of the March Offensive, including details of each soldiers rank, age, and memorial or grave (where known).
From the rear side cover: This book covers the experiences of the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers in the German Offensive of March 1918. It deals with the effect of one of the last major German offensives on the lives of about 1500 soldiers serving in a since disbanded Irish Regiment of the British Army. Their experience was similar to that of most battalions faced with the colossal German assault.
The German Army launched its massive attack on the Western Front in an attempt to end the conflict that had continued for three and half years. The soldiers of the 16th (Irish) and 36th (Ulster) Divisions had the misfortune to be in the frontline in the region chosen by the Germans for the main assault. The story of what happened to the Dublins during the fighting is a telling reminder of the individual human sacrifices that lie gbehind the mind-numbing statistics of death associated with the Western Front.
The condition of the book is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. The book has light spine roll along the left hand edge where it has been stored flat on the shelves.