First World War|
|Engagements||First World War|
|Sir Hubert Gough|
First World War
The Fifth 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 Somme.
In 1918 the Fifth Army took over a stretch of front-line previous occupied by the French south of the River Somme and on 21 March bore the brunt of the opening phase of the German Spring Offensive, known as Operation Michael. The 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, but when it was reformed as an army some months later, its command was given to General William Birdwood; it saw little action in the remainder of the war.
- Oct 1916–Mar 1918 General Sir Hubert Gough
- Apr 1918–May 1918 General Sir William Peyton
- May 1918–Nov 1918 General Sir William Birdwood
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