5th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers in the Great War by F. W. E. Johnson

By F. W. E. Johnson

The fifth Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers shaped a part of the tenth (Irish) department raised on the outbreak of the nice battle in keeping with Kitchener’s demand volunteers. This very concise background relates the battalion’s exploits which all started at Gallipoli in July 1915. After a difficult mauling during this doomed crusade, the battalion recuperated at the Greek island of Lemnos earlier than being hurled into yet one more forlorn company : the try and store Serbia from being overrun. The unit’s years within the Balkans ended at the Macedonian entrance, to which they bid farewell within the autumn of 1916, with thoughts ‘chiefly composed of complication, disorder and ennui’. The battalion’s subsequent port of name used to be the Palestine crusade of 1917-18, replacing mountain conflict for the wilderness. In Palestine the Battalion ultimately tasted victory opposed to the Turks, aiding to force them from the Gaza-Bethsheba line and deep into the hills of Judea. The battalion ultimately embarked for France in might 1918. After a genuinely-earned spell of depart, and regardless of enduring its first gasoline assault, the battalion joined the pursuit of the Germans around the River Scheldt within the ultimate weeks of the conflict.

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MONTGOMERY: Last ship of expedition left the dock at Port Tampa at 10 this morning, and are now safely on their way. Following from General Miles to the President: " While the delay has been most vexatious, the time has been utilized to better equip and supply the command with what was imperatively needed for such a voyage and campaign, and will also give time for the insurgents to assemble as they have promised and are doing in strong force. " BRADY, Captain. 4, 1898-4 p. m. : Unofficial reports say that Shafter's expedition is not yet out of bay.

KEY WEST, June 8. " Last cipher just come by Resolute, just arrived; was pursued by' two vessels, Nicholas Channel, Cuba, last night. Shall I order Indiana and all available cruisers to coast of Cuba? More details to follow. " R. A. ALGER, Secretary of War. 06 p. m. R. A. ALGER, Secretary of War, W(tshington, D. : Message Teceived. Vessels aTe in the stream, but will be able to stop them before reaching the Gulf. SHAFTER, Major-General. 32 CORRESPONDENCE-WAR WITH SPAIN. # p. m. : If that report is true, those Spanish vessels could be within six hours of the loaded transports now, and there to-morrow.

Major-General SHAFTER, U. S. : Commissary-general has no knowledge of order requiring thirty days' rations be kept on hand for issue to troops. Secretary War approves issue of rations from depots for short intervals under regulations which you may prescribe. This in reply to your telegram of the 27th ultimo on the subject. By command Major-General Miles: H. O. S. Adjutant-General. , June 11, 1898. SECRETARY OF WAR, Washington, D. : It is claimed, on what seems good grounds, that there has been a mistake in announCing the relative rank of Generals Henry, Poland, and Snyder.

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