A very rare and important memoir of a Royal Engineer Officer. Remarkably little coverage is given to military engineers of any war, and this rare personal memoir is even rarer because it covers service from almost the start of the Great War until its end when survival times were terrifyingly short. – Most Highly Recommended.
NAME: With a Royal Engineers Field Company in France & Italy, April 1915 to the Armistice FILE: R3163 AUTHOR: V F Eberle PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PRICE: £19.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWI, World War I, World War 1, World War One, The Great War, Western Front, France, Italy, Field Engineers, BEF, British Army, 1815-1918, memoirs, officer of Engineers ISBN: 1-52675-132-1 PAGES: 208 IMAGE: B3163.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/ybzuzl3r LINKS: DESCRIPTION: A very rare and important memoir of a Royal Engineer Officer. Remarkably little coverage is given to military engineers of any war, and this rare personal memoir is even rarer because it covers service from almost the start of the Great War until its end when survival times were terrifyingly short. – Most Highly Recommended.
V F Eberle MC took the first opportunity to join up on the outbreak of war and he joined the No 2 Field Company Royal Engineers, 48th (South Midlands) Division, in which his brother was serving as a Captain. He completed his training and was commissioned before sailing for France in March 1915. This meant that by the time he reached France, the early mobile battles at the very beginning of the war had been replaced by the terrible static trench warfare that was a war of attrition.
He saw action on the Somme and in the advance on the Hindenburg Line. His Division took part in most of the Third Ypres Battle (Passchendale) before redeployment to Italy at the end of 1917. This redeployment makes his accounts even more important because the Italian Front has received very little coverage, the major coverage being of the Western Front and the costly Gallipoli Campaign. Italy was also a war of attrition fought between opposing trenches, but with the added challenges of fighting in the Italian Alps.
The book is based on his letters home, diaries and records. This provides a very detailed and rich insight into his life and those of his comrades, providing a unique history of a Field Company, Royal Engineers, very close to the battle lines during the Great War. Eberle writes with a keen eye and an inclusive style that carries the reader with him. There is an excellent photo-plate section with very welcome and rare images from Italy.
An absorbing account that shows how closely a military engineer was involved in supporting the infantry and other land forces in battle.