The Fifth Army
was a field army of the British Army during World War
and part of the British Expeditionary
during the First World War
Army was created on 30 October 1916 by renaming the British Reserve Army of General
Sir Hubert Gough and as such it
fought the Battle of the
Ancre which became the final British effort in the
Battle of the
the Fifth Army was involved in the Battle of
Arras and then the Third Battle of Ypres.
the Fifth Army took over a stretch of front-line previous occupied
by the French south of the
Somme and on 21 March bore the brunt of the opening phase
of the German Spring Offensive, known as Operation Michael.
failure of the Fifth Army to withstand the German advance led to
Gough's dismissal and the disbanding of the broken army. In April
and May 1918, the Fifth Army was nominally commanded by General Sir William Peyton William Eliot Peyton
at the web site of the
CENTRE FOR FIRST WORLD WAR STUDIES
bham.ac.uk (accessed 19 January 2008), but when it was reformed as
an army some months later, its command was given to General
but, it saw little
action in the remainder of the war.