"A Lack of Offensive Spirit?": The 46th (North Midland) Division at Gommecourt 1st July 1916

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Alan MacDonald, 2008 - 682 pàgines
'A Lack of Offensive Spirit?' is a companion volume to Alan MacDonald's recently revised book 'Pro Patria Mori - the 56th (1st London) Division at Gommecourt, 1st July 1916'. The attack of the 46th (North Midland) Division at Gommecourt on the first day of the Battle of the Somme is one of the most controversial incidents of the Great War. The men were effectively accused of cowardice ("A lack of offensive spirit") and of being drunk and the Division was the only one subject to a Court of Inquiry into its conduct. Their commander, Maj. Gen. Eddie Stuart Wortley, was the only General sacked as a result of the catastrophe of the 1st July 1916, a day when the British Army suffered its worst casualties in a single day in its entire history. A Lack of Offensive Spirit?' tells the story of Stuart Wortley and the 46th Division from the opening of the war, through the tragedy of the Hohenzollern Redoubt and then, day by day, through the preparations for the attack on Gommecourt. The attack itself is described using the dozens of eyewitness reports collected after the battle as well as official documents and post-war recollections and memoirs. The German perspective on the battle is also extensively covered with information drawn from numerous German unit histories. The conduct of the Court of Inquiry and of Stuart Wortley's desperate efforts to clear his name are covered in detail as well as the tragic fate of the hundreds of officers and men missing, dead and wounded. A Lack of Offensive Spirit?' is fully indexed, contains over 20 maps and plans, 45 photographs and contains extensive appendices (including a Roll of Honour of both British and German dead).
 

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Maps
1
A Terrier Division in France
30
The attack on the Hohenzollern Redoubt 13th October 1915
42
Tables Table 1 46th Division Casualties at Vimy Ridge 11th March30th April 1916
52
Drafts received by 46th Division MarchApril 1916
53
Grid map of Gommecourt and British rear areas
55
The Genesis of a Diversion
56
Trench map of Foncquevillers and Gommecourt
66
Capt C Caddick Adams 137th Machine Gun Company
347
Lt Eli Robinson 15th North Staffordshire Regt killed 1st July 1916
349
Capt G H Fletcher 15th North Staffordshire Regt killed 1stJuly 1916
350
Lt Col W Burnett DSO 15th North Staffordshire Regt died of wounds 1st July 1916
351
2nd Lt A C Watkin 15th North Staffordshire Regt killed 1st July 1916
352
2nd Lt R H Downing 15th North Staffordshire Regt wounded 1st July 1916
353
2nd Lt LT Wood 15th North Staffordshire Regt wounded 1stJuly 1916
354
The Attack of the 139th Brigade
358

46th Division casualties May 1916
126
German Artillery Positions at Gommecourt see key below
134
June 1916
135
6th Sherwood Foresters Working Parties 22nd23rd June 1916
184
6th Sherwood Foresters Working Parties 23rd24th June 1916
190
The Bombardment
197
Rounds per gunhowitzer available for counter battery village bombardment 200 Table 9 Total rounds to be fired in counter battery village bombar...
202
Shell allowance for wire cutting programme UY Days
207
Planned use of 18 pdr shrapnel for wirecutting by 46th 56th Divisions
208
Location of R G A batteries
217
Rounds per howitzer per day in original Heavy Artillery programme
218
Rounds to be fired per day by type of heavy howitzer
219
Fire programme VY Days 47th H A G
221
Condition of advanced trench 6th South Staffordshires front
231
Condition of advanced trench 6th North Staffordshires front
232
Planned and actual firing of 102nd Siege Battery RGA
255
Performance of 103rd Siege Battery R G A during bombardment
259
Floor plan of German dugout 172
270
Condition of wire at head of Orleans Trench Friday 30th June
271
Counter battery rounds fired by 48th H A G batteries
274
Overall performance of 48th Heavy Artillery Group
275
18 pdr Firing Programme Actual and Planned
277
Planned and actual firing of 46th Division howitzers and mortars
278
Ammunition expenditure by2nd Guard Reserve Division artillery UY2 Days
279
46th Divisions casualties notified to Divisional Adjutant 24th30th June 1916
280
Battalion strength of the 137th Brigade 30th June 1916
281
Working parties of the 21st North Midland Field Company R E
290
The Attack of the 137th Brigade
293
Arrangements for 137th Brigade attack
294
Rounds to be fired by each heavy howitzer on Z Day
296
Ammunition reserves for VII Heavy Artillery
297
Photographs Plate 1 Maj Gen the Hon Edward James Montagu Stuart Wortley CB CMG DSO 25
300
South Staffordshires front
301
Timing of Artillery Lifts Zero to Zero +30
303
Aerial photograph of Staffordshire Brigade front
304
Left of 6th South Staffordshires front
307
2nd Lt A E Flaxman 16th South Staffordshire Regt killed 1st July 1916
308
Left of the 6th North Staffordshires and right of 5th Sherwood Foresters front
325
View across left of 46th Divisions attack
328
Maj C E Boote 16th North Staffordshire Regt killed 1st July 1916
336
Lt W A Bowers 15th North Staffordshire Regt died of wounds 2nd July 1916
340
Equipment and material carried by 139th Brigade
359
Maj LA Hind 17th Sherwood Foresters killed 1st July 1916
361
46th Divisions front from the Little Z
364
Aerial photograph of the Sherwood Brigade front
365
Capt RM Gotch 17th Sherwood Foresters killed 1stJuly 1916
372
Capt J W Scott MC RAMC
375
17th Sherwood Foresters casualties 1st July 1916
378
Capt J L Green VC RAMC killed 1st July 1916
403
Mike Briggs
409
Lt R D Wheatcroft 16th Sherwood Foresters died of wounds 2nd July 1916
412
Renewing the Attack
418
Rounds fired in counter battery programme to 1600 hours Z Day
429
Ammunition expenditure by2nd Guard Reserve Division artillery Z Day
432
Capt G J Worthington 15th North Staffordshire Regt
447
Afternoon and Evening
451
Counting the Cost
471
dates and destinations
492
Reported casualties 139th Brigade
495
Reported casualties 137th Brigade
496
Casualties amongst 1st wave battalions
497
Comparison of casualties between 46th and 56th Divisions
498
A Lack of Offensive Spirit
500
Capt F E Wenger 15th North Staffordshire Regt
521
Grief and Relief
545
Grave of Capt F H M Lewes 5th Sherwood Foresters died of wounds 2nd July 1916
559
Redemption
562
The Staffordshire Brigade after the crossing of the St Quentin Canal
565
Achiet le Petit German Cemetery
569
The new Gommecourt Chateau
571
Centre of Foncquevillers
574
Foncquevillers Military Cemetery
575
Grave of Capt J L Green VC MD
576
Foncquevillers Church
577
The gate house at Lucheux
580
Chateau de la Haye in all of its prewar glory
581
46th Division Instructions for the attack on Gommecourt
584
German Order of Battle
601
The Roll of Honour of the 2nd Guard Reserve Division
635
Details of Cemeteries Memorials Mentioned in the Text
652
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