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History of the Queen s Royal West Surrey Regiment in the Great War

History of the Queen s Royal  West Surrey  Regiment in the Great War Author Harold Carmichael Wylly
ISBN-10 1537031562
Release 2016-08-22
Pages 444
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During the First World War men from the Queen's Royal (West Surrey) Regiment served in France, Belgium, Italy, India, Gallipoli, Afghanistan, Palestine... The 1st and 2nd battalions were pre-war regulars. Among the first to fight at the famous battles at Mons and on the Marne they suffered heavily 998 men of the 1st Battalion marched to war in 1914. 32 still lived by November 1914. Only 17 came home. Bolstered by new men the 1st battalions went on to fight at Ypres on the Somme, at Passchendaele and on the Hindenburg line, whilst the 2nd also went to the Italian Theatre. However, the Queen's Royal (West Surrey) Regiment also sent entire battalions of territorials to India, releasing the regular troops stationed there to fight on the Western Front. Some of these men would fight skirmishes in Afghanistan. Throughout the war the regiment grew with territorials and Kitchener's Volunteers This regimental history is a fantastic account of not only the Queen's Royal (West Surrey) Regiment, but of the vast amount of theatres they served in. Harold Carmichael Wylly (1859-1932) was a British colonel and military historian. Colonel Wylly published a number of military-based books, including a biography of Sir Joseph Thackwell. His later works specialised in the First World War.

History of the Queen OS Royal West Surrey Regiment in the Great War

History of the Queen OS Royal  West Surrey  Regiment  in the Great War Author H. C. Wylly
ISBN-10 1843425394
Release 2003-02
Pages 364
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The Queen s (Royal West Surrey Regiment) was the second oldest regiment of the line, the 2nd Foot. This volume of the regimental history is the story of the regiment in the Great War during which the original five battalions (two regular, one special reserve and two territorial) expanded to twenty-seven, five of which were raised as Labour battalions. In June 1917 these were taken over by the Labour Corps which had been formed two months earlier. Of the remaining battalions eleven went on active service, the rest did not leave the UK. This book deals with all of them, taking each battalion in turn, so there is little room for detail, especially in the case of those battalions that did not serve overseas, which are dealt with very briefly. Most space is allotted to the 1st and 2nd Battalions, nearly half the book. The regiment was awarded 74 Battle Honours, the fourth highest number awarded to a regiment, and four VCs two of which were to officers serving with other units. It is strange that one of the two who won the award while serving in one of the battalions, L/cpl W.Sayer of the 8th Battalion, doesn t rate a mention in the book. Personnel losses amounted to 8,000. There is a very good photo of the 1st Battalion on parade on mobilization, some 1,000 officers and men; next to it is a photo of the same battalion parading on 9th November 1914 at the end of First Ypres - two officers and about forty men. Battalions of the regiment served in all theatres of war: Western Front, Italy, Gallipoli, India, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Palestine and India. Macedonia is also included on the war memorial thus acknowledging 95th and 96th Labour Companies which had started out life as the 14th Queen s. The narrative describing the actions of the battalions gives names of officers present for duty at various times, reports casualties and names individuals in action; but there is no roll of honour nor lists of honours and awards. There is a good index

Wandsworth and Battersea Battalions in the Great War

Wandsworth and Battersea Battalions in the Great War Author Paul McCue
ISBN-10 9781848841949
Release 2010
Pages 284
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In 1915 Lord Kitchener extended his famous "Your Country Needs You" recruitment campaign by appealing to the Mayors of the London Metropolitan Boroughs, urging each Mayor to raise a unit of local men for active service overseas. In Southwest London, the response from two neighboring boroughs, Wandsworth and Battersea, could not have been more different. In Wandsworth, Mayor Dawnay personally took up the challenge and soon recruited, for the East Surrey Regiment, double the number of men needed for an infantry battalion. In Battersea, however, there was initially no more than lukewarm interest, partly due to the local Territorial Force unit, the 23rd London Regiment, having expanded from one to three battalions thanks to thousands of earlier volunteers. But as Wandsworth's efforts bore fruit, Battersea too pledged to raise a full infantry battalion. Mirroring the different political leanings of the two boroughs, Mayor Simmons pledged Battersea's battalion to the Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment.Wandsworth's 13th East Surreys and Battersea's 10th Queen's both served with honor and distinction. But they, and the communities from which they came, also suffered thousands of men wounded and killed. This sacrifice cemented links with France, Belgium and Italy that continue today. From the early tragic death of an adventurous boy of just 15, to the heroic deeds of a dustman who won the Victoria Cross, this book describes the pain and the glory of the volunteers of Wandsworth and Battersea on the Western Front.

Bradford Pals

Bradford Pals Author David Raw
ISBN-10 9781473812635
Release 2006-06-15
Pages 319
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In the early days of the First World War two volunteer Pals Battalions were raised in Bradford and this is their remarkable story. David Raw's account is based on memoirs, letters, diaries, contemporary newspaper reports, official records and archives, and it is illustrated with many maps and previously unpublished photographs. He recaptures the heroism and stoical humour displayed by the Bradford Pals in the face of often terrible experiences, but he also recounts the tragedy, pain, suffering and grief that was the dark side of war.

Swansea Pals

Swansea Pals Author Bernard Lewis
ISBN-10 1844150569
Release 2004-01
Pages 208
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The Swansea Battalion served in France and Flanders for over three years suffering heavy losses. Its courageous story has never been told before in such detail. Setting off in December 1915 for the Western Front it was still advancing when the Armistice was signed in November 1918.

The Kaiser s Battle

The Kaiser s Battle Author Martin Middlebrook
ISBN-10 9781473819429
Release 2007-02-15
Pages 430
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At 9.30am on 21 March 1918, the last great battle of the First World War commenced when three German armies struck a massive blow against the weak divisions of the British Third and Fifth Armies. It was the first day of what the Germans called the Kaiserschlacht (‘the Kaiser’s Battle’), the series of attacks that were intended to break the deadlock on the Western Front, knock the British Army out of the war, and finally bring victory to Germany. In the event the cost of the gamble was so heavy that once the assault faltered, it remained for the Allies to push the exhausted German armies back and the War was at last over. Critics accounts: The clever blending of written and oral accounts from some 650 surviving British and German soldiers makes the book an extremely convincing reconstruction. SUNDAY TIMES Mr Middlebrook’s industry and patience are displayed in his amazing collection of eyewitness accounts, the compassion in his commentary, the good sense in his analysis’ DAILY TELEGRAPH

World War One

World War One Author Stephen Bull
ISBN-10 1857532708
Release 1998
Pages 144
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BRASSEY'S HISTORY OF UNIFORMS series provides information on the uniforms and equipment worn by the great armies of the past. Each book is illustrated with photographs and other works by leading military artists. This title covers the British Army at war 1914-1918.

Veterans Voices

Veterans  Voices Author Caroline Freeman-Cuerden
ISBN-10 0750942649
Release 2005-01-01
Pages 148
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Turning the focus away from the city itself, Caroline Freeman-Cuerden has listened to the memories of 23 veterans, just a few of the thousands of Coventry men and women who served and fought in World War II. Their stories are recounted here in their own words, interspersed with letters, documents, diary excerpts and photographs.

British Regiments 1914 1918

British Regiments 1914 1918 Author Brigadier E. A. James
ISBN-10 9781781501535
Release 2012-09-06
Pages 137
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One of the most used and most useful works of reference on the Great War ever published. In this marvellous volume is listed every cavalry and Yeomanry regiment, every battalion of every infantry regiment, Regular, Territorial or other - that existed during the Great War. In every case the location of the unit on 4 August 1914 is given, or the date and place of its formation if raised after the outbreak of war. Its initial disposition, subsequent moves, changes in subordination and final disposal or location on 11 November 1918 are all recorded. Thus, in a masterly and concise form, we have the war service record of 31 regular and 17 reserve cavalry regiments, 57 Yeomanry regiments and their second and third line counterparts and nearly 1,750 infantry battalions. Several appendices contain a mine of information; a table of the infantry regiments showing the number of the different types of battalions each had, regular, reserve, extra reserve, territorial, New Army, garrison etc.; how the New Army battalions were raised; the Training Reserve; list of infantry divisions; summary of battle honours, casualties and VCs of each infantry regiment. Finally, there is a good index.

With The East Surreys in Tunisia and Italy 1942 1945

With The East Surreys in Tunisia and Italy 1942    1945 Author Bryn Evans
ISBN-10 9781783376735
Release 2012-12-19
Pages 240
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The East Surreys were in near continuous action from November 1942, when they landed in North Africa through to May 1945 Armistice. By that time they had cleared the Germans from Tunisia, taken part in Operation HUSKY and fought up through Italy as far as River Po. This story of the East Surreys shows how a single battalion can make a huge difference.

Ypres 1914 Langemarck

Ypres 1914  Langemarck Author Nigel Cave
ISBN-10 9781781591994
Release 2014-04-30
Pages 208
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These three Battleground Europe books on Ypres 1914 mark the centenary of the final major battle of the 1914 campaign on the Western Front. Although fought over a relatively small area and short time span, the fighting was even more than usually chaotic and the stakes were extremely high. Authors Nigel Cave and Jack Sheldon combine their respective expertise to tell the story of the men – British, French, Indian and German - who fought over the unremarkable undulating ground that was to become firmly placed in British national conscience ever afterwards.??When, in October 1914, the newly created German Fourth Army attacked west to seize crossings over the Yser, prior to sweeping south in an attempt to surround the BEF, two things prevented it. To the north, it was the efforts of the Belgian army, reinforced by French troops, coupled with controlled flooding of the polders but, further south, the truly heroic defence of Langemarck, for three days by the BEF and then by the French army, was of decisive importance. The village stood as a bulwark against any further advance to the river or the town of Ypres. Here the German regiments bled to death in the face of resolute Allied defence and any remaining hope of forcing a decision in the west turned to dust.

Their Name Liveth for Evermore

Their Name Liveth for Evermore Author Andrew Arnold
ISBN-10 9780750957915
Release 2014-10-01
Pages 160
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Carshalton in Surrey was ineradicably affected by World War I. Over 1,900 local men enlisted to fight, and 243 of them lost their lives and are commemorated on the war memorial. As the centenary of the war approaches, it is more important than ever that these men are not forgotten. Drawing on over four years of research, this book brings together the stories of the lives, and deaths, of these men. Utilizing a wide variety of sources and complemented by many previously unseen photographs, a chronological narrative is employed to tell their stories against the backdrop of the war, from the 12 sets of brothers who were killed to the devastating effect of the Somme campaign in which 20 local men lost their lives on the opening day alone.

From the Somme to Victory

From the Somme to Victory Author Peter Simkins
ISBN-10 9781781593127
Release 2014-10-30
Pages 256
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Peter Simkins has established a reputation over the last forty years as one of the most original and stimulating historians of the First World War. He has made a major contribution to the debate about the performance of the British Army on the Western Front. This collection of his most perceptive and challenging essays, which concentrates on British operations in France between 1916 and 1918, shows that this reputation is richly deserved. He focuses on key aspects of the army's performance in battle, from the first day of the Somme to the Hundred Days, and gives a fascinating insight into the developing theory and practice of the army as it struggled to find a way to break through the German line. His rigorous analysis undermines some of the common assumptions - and the myths - that still cling to the history of these British battles.

VCs of the First World War Spring Offensive 1918

VCs of the First World War  Spring Offensive 1918 Author Gerald Gliddon
ISBN-10 9780752492346
Release 2013-02-01
Pages 288
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At the end of 1917, after three years of trench warfare on the Western Front, the Allied armies of Britain and France and those of their main opponent Germany had reached a point of exhaustion and hibernation. With this in mind the Germans planned an all-out offensive, Operation "Michael," which overwhelmed the Allies and overstretched the Germans. More offensives were to follow throughout the spring, including at Aisne and Marne. It was during these bloody battles that 57 men stood out for acts of extraordinary daring and bravery. To these men the highest military honor was awarded—the Victoria Cross. This book reveals the true extent of their bravery, their backgrounds, and their lives after the war.

With a Machine Gun to Cambrai

With a Machine Gun to Cambrai Author George Coppard
ISBN-10 0304352586
Release 1999
Pages 174
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In August 1914, after lying about his age, the 16-year-old George Coppard enlisted in Kitchener's army. Serving with the Machine Gun Corps, he fought in the battles of Loos, Somme and Arras, and at Cambrai, where he was badly wounded and won the Military Medal for Bravery. This book is based on diaries that the author kept, against military regulation, during his service in France. It is one of the few accounts of the war to be written by a private soldier rather than an officer, and as such it paints a vivid and horrifying picture of life in the trenches as seen by someone at the very bottom of the military hierarchy.

Journey s End

Journey s End Author R. C. Sherriff
ISBN-10 9780141912769
Release 2000-10-26
Pages 96
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Set in the First World War, Journey's End concerns a group of British officers on the front line and opens in a dugout in the trenches in France. Raleigh, a new eighteen-year-old officer fresh out of English public school, joins the besieged company of his friend and cricketing hero Stanhope, and finds him dramatically changed ... Laurence Olivier starred as Stanhope in the first performance of Journey's End in 1928; the play was an instant stage success and remains a remarkable anti-war classic.

The History of the Queen s Royal West Surrey Regiment in the Form of a Lantern Lecture with Supplementary Notes

The History of the Queen s  Royal West Surrey Regiment  in the Form of a Lantern Lecture  with Supplementary Notes Author Henry John Purkitt
ISBN-10 UOM:39015062784775
Release 1917
Pages 96
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The History of the Queen s Royal West Surrey Regiment in the Form of a Lantern Lecture with Supplementary Notes has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from The History of the Queen s Royal West Surrey Regiment in the Form of a Lantern Lecture with Supplementary Notes also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full The History of the Queen s Royal West Surrey Regiment in the Form of a Lantern Lecture with Supplementary Notes book for free.