Third Army (United Kingdom)

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Third Army
Active 1915–1919
Country  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Type Field army
Engagements Battle of the Somme
Battle of Arras
Battle of Cambrai
Battle of Passchendaele
Battle of Amiens
Hundred Days Offensive
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Edmund Allenby
Sir Julian Byng

The Third Army was a field army of the British Army during World War I that saw active service on the Western Front throughout the war.

First World War[edit]

The Third Army was part of the British Army during World War I and was formed in France on 13 July 1915, under the command of Lieutenant-General Charles Monro.[1]

During August 1915 the Third Army took over trench line south of the French Tenth Army, which had to keep in position for the forthcoming autumn offensive. This made the Third Army geographically separate from the other British Armies for the time being.[2] This remained the case until early 1916, when the French Tenth Army was redeployed because of French losses at Verdun and the British Fourth Army was formed.

The battles it took part in on the Western Front included:

Commanders[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ The British Armies of 1914-1918
  2. ^ Holmes 2004, p294
  3. ^ Burton, Pierre, Marching as to war, 2001, Toronto
Bibliography
  • Holmes, Richard (2004). The Little Field Marshal: A Life of Sir John French. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. ISBN 0-297-84614-0.