A Forlorn Hope : The Royal Dublin Fusiliers in the Kaiser’s Battle March 1918.

By Sean Connolly, Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association.

Marking the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War, this new publication relates the experience of the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers during the German Offensive in March 1918. The Irish participation in this battle is less well known than in the Battles of the Somme, Messines and Passchendaele. The major German attack, launched in the Somme region on 21 March 1918, almost succeeded. It was the last opportunity for Germany to win the war before the arrival of the American forces in France. Known as the Kaiserschlacht – the Kaiser’s Battle, its outcome was decisive.

This book complements the material drawn from official records and maps with many individual stories rediscovered through the work of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association. Over 320 Dublin Fusiliers were killed during the battle. Some of the last of “The Pals from Suvla Bay” died in the battle.

128 pages. Colour.

The price is €12 plus postage. Available from the Association via email rdfa1918@gmail.com.