Trevor Henshaw, on 13 June 2012 - 06:12 PM, said:
Very interesting to see and read the original entries. Regarding these particular CAP patrols these very much sound like what Mike was describing, don't they?
They do Trevor, and it is very interesting to start to get a clear picture of exactly why he was doing what he was doing. Your point about acronyms is still valid. I've been through quite a few different records for army, air and navy and all have something that requires a bit of detective work. A godsend to have this forum with so many helpful and knowledgable people. I will see what else I can find in the papers that might be of interest on here. Regards, Paul
centurion, on 13 June 2012 - 06:46 PM, said:
The NF entries chime with reports from British armoured cars which were penetrating German rear areas at about the same time and seeing large numbers of trains as the Germans attempted to withdraw ammunition, guns and vehicles in the hope of establishing a new defensive line, if only to buy time and provide some sort of bargaining position for the negotiation of a better armistice deal. It looks as if the RAF were flying patrols to hinder this by calling down fire on the trains and possibly doing some shooting up themselves.
Interestingly one can find accounts of the Tactical Air Force involved in doing much the same in 1945 except that Typhoons could do a lot more in the shooting up department.
Thank you centurion, that makes interesting reading, and helps fit things into the bigger picture. I understand that even at that stage of the War (end September 1918), and with and end not certain, offensives were still being planned for 1919 by the Allies, although the Germans had started considering an Armistice. Regards, Paul