Simon127, on 22 February 2012 - 04:32 PM, said:
Am trying to find out a bit more about to what extent the British fought against the Austrian army in direct conflict. I think that British units were engaged in combat in the Salonika and Italian campaigns to some extent but would like to find out a bit more.
Any info most welcome.
Expedition Pascha II of the German Asia Corps, which was attached to Turkish Army Group Yilderim, included Austrian Motor Mortar Battery No. 9, Howitzer Battery No. 36, and Mountain Artillery Regiment Nos. 4 and 6.
The British engaged Pascha II at Beersheba on October 31, 1917, and the Third Battle of Gaza, October 31-November 7, 1917. The Battle of Megiddo, September 19-25, 1918, resulted in the destruction of the Turkish Seventh and Eighth Armies and the full retreat of the Fourth Army. After advancing nearly 300 miles, the British had taken more than 75,000 prisoners, 360 guns, and all of the Turks' transport equipment, for a loss of 5720 men. The Germans and Austrians of Pascha II tried to conduct a fighting retreat to Damascus but were cut off. Most were captured or killed.
Here's a BBC report on the BEF(Italy):
And here's an undated photo I have of a British soldier taken in Italy, since it says "Cartolina Postale" on the back. I'm not a British cap-badge guy, so I can't tell you his unit or his rank, although I find the necktie and jacket unusual.