The official AHF WW1 quiz thread

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Re: The official AHF WW1 quiz thread

Post by Attrition » 26 Dec 2013 01:24

British agent networks in northern France and Belgium were blown a few weeks before the offensive began, which led to there being more German divisions near the Somme front than expected.

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Re: The official AHF WW1 quiz thread

Post by Graham Clayton » 28 Dec 2013 10:29

A hint for my question.

The references to the New Testament relate to the fighting near Serre.
"Air superiority is a condition for all operations, at sea, in land, and in the air." - Air Marshal Arthur Tedder.

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Re: The official AHF WW1 quiz thread

Post by Polar bear » 30 Dec 2013 21:35

hi,

On the German side of the line, there were 4 copses named, by the British, after the four evangelists. There´s a Luke copse cemetery, now.
http://www.ww1battlefields.co.uk/somme/serre.html
This text, however, contains the error to read "after the four apostles". There were, as we (hopefully) all know, 12 apostles.

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Re: The official AHF WW1 quiz thread

Post by Sheldrake » 31 Dec 2013 01:22

Attrition wrote:Why did the British underestimate the number of German divisions capable of moving to the Somme front from Belgium and northern France in 1916?
Probably because the Germans changed their divisional structure moving to a triangular structure, creating more, but smaller divisions.
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Re: The official AHF WW1 quiz thread

Post by Sheldrake » 31 Dec 2013 01:27

Polar bear wrote:hi,

On the German side of the line, there were 4 copses named, by the British, after the four evangelists. There´s a Luke copse cemetery, now.
http://www.ww1battlefields.co.uk/somme/serre.html
This text, however, contains the error to read "after the four apostles". There were, as we (hopefully) all know, 12 apostles.

greetings, the pb
At the risk of appearing pedantic, the four copses were behind the British lines, as the remains of the British front line trench can be seen on the Eastern edge Sheffield Park Image

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Re: The official AHF WW1 quiz thread

Post by Attrition » 31 Dec 2013 10:05

Sheldrake wrote:
Attrition wrote:Why did the British underestimate the number of German divisions capable of moving to the Somme front from Belgium and northern France in 1916?
Probably because the Germans changed their divisional structure moving to a triangular structure, creating more, but smaller divisions.
They started doing that in 1915 so it wouldn't have been a surprise but losing the rail watchers upset the assessment of the German OOB. http://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?did= ... hos.416459

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Re: The official AHF WW1 quiz thread

Post by Graham Clayton » 01 Jan 2014 07:43

Polar bear wrote:hi,

On the German side of the line, there were 4 copses named, by the British, after the four evangelists. There´s a Luke copse cemetery, now.
http://www.ww1battlefields.co.uk/somme/serre.html
This text, however, contains the error to read "after the four apostles". There were, as we (hopefully) all know, 12 apostles.

greetings, the pb
Polar Bear,

Correct - your turn to post a question.
"Air superiority is a condition for all operations, at sea, in land, and in the air." - Air Marshal Arthur Tedder.

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Re: The official AHF WW1 quiz thread

Post by Polar bear » 04 Jan 2014 15:21

hi,

when, where and under which circumstances took place the first air attack "from the sea" ?

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Re: The official AHF WW1 quiz thread

Post by Rob Stuart » 04 Jan 2014 23:07

When: 6 September 1914
Where: Tsingtao
Circumstances: A seaplane from the Wakamiya attacked the Austro-Hungarian cruiser Kaiserin Elisabeth and the German gunboat Jaguar.

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Post by Polar bear » 05 Jan 2014 15:13

hi, Rob,

quite right!

back to you, once more ..

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Re: The official AHF WW1 quiz thread

Post by Rob Stuart » 06 Jan 2014 01:21

Thanks pb.

Okay, how about this, if it is permissible to ask about a novel: Name the fictional Kaiserin Elisabeth officer who made it back to Europe and became a successful submarine commander?

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Post by Polar bear » 06 Jan 2014 23:47

hi,

a wild guess: Otto Prohaska ?

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Post by Rob Stuart » 07 Jan 2014 00:50

Oh, I doubt that that is really a wild guess! You're right, it's the hero of A Sailor of Austria, by John Biggins.

Back to you, pb.

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Re: The official AHF WW1 quiz thread

Post by Polar bear » 07 Jan 2014 08:20

hi,

a British merchant ship was turned into a German warship and was lost with all hands (and more) when sunk by British warships.

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Re: The official AHF WW1 quiz thread

Post by Polar bear » 20 Jan 2014 12:03

hi,

two weeks later, hint #1

This ship was captured by a German AMC (Hilfskreuzer) and turned into one, itself.

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