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Three Years in the Army of the Cumberland - The Letters and Diary of Major James A. Connolly (Paperback): James A. Connolly Three Years in the Army of the Cumberland - The Letters and Diary of Major James A. Connolly (Paperback)
James A. Connolly
R726 Discovery Miles 7 260 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

..". offers an unsurpassed chronicle of the war in the West."-- Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

"Thiseyewitness account brings a better understanding to a conflict that brought a nationto its knees." -- Historical Media Review

..". anexceptional Civil War narrative. It has value for the military and literaryhistorian." -- War, Literature, and the Arts

The letters anddiary of Major James Austin Connolly, 123rd Illinois Infantry, constitute anunsurpassed record of Civil War campaigning in the West. Connolly had a flair fornarrative, an eye for people and places, and a smooth and facile style. His accountsoffer a realistic picture of day-to-day soldiering in the Civil War -- of rough, spare living in the field, of boredom and fun in camp, of seemingly aimless scouts, and of the high excitement of battle.

Elite Military Formations in War and Peace (Hardcover, New): A. Hamish Ion, Roch Legault, Keith Neilson Elite Military Formations in War and Peace (Hardcover, New)
A. Hamish Ion, Roch Legault, Keith Neilson
R1,589 Discovery Miles 15 890 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From Thermopylae to Belfast, elite military formations have been deployed against conventional or irregular forces. This study offers a superb analysis of elites in military history. A collection of brilliant studies by distinguished scholars, it illuminates, through a combination of overview and case study, a historical subject that has profound implications for the development of specialized forces in the post-Cold War Era. The study uses a comparative approach which investigates the topic over time and across culture.

The Royal Dragoon Guards - A Regimental History, 1685-2018 (Paperback): Peter MacFarlane The Royal Dragoon Guards - A Regimental History, 1685-2018 (Paperback)
Peter MacFarlane
R395 R365 Discovery Miles 3 650 Save R30 (8%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

The Royal Dragoon Guards have a long and distinguished history dating from 1685. Originally raised as regiments of horse and dragoons, they were subsequently designated as the 4th, 5th and 7th Dragoon Guards and the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons. They fought in all of Britain's major wars from the late 17th century onwards, charging at Blenheim with Marlborough's cavalry, at Waterloo with the Union Brigade, and at Balaklava with the Heavy Brigade. In the 19th century, they also saw service in India and Africa. All four regiments served in France and Flanders during the First World War and one regiment fired the first British shot on the Western Front. They were then amalgamated into two regiments - the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards and the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards. Both regiments were mechanised shortly before the Second World War, in which they played a leading role in the D-Day landings. In 1992, the two regiments amalgamated again to form the Royal Dragoon Guards. Recent conflicts have taken the regiment to Iraq and Afghanistan, continuing a record of operational service covering more than three centuries. This regimental history of the Dragoons tells their story as it played out across the centuries, exploring their role in both major and minor conflicts of the last 300 years. The title examines the development of the regiment up to the present day and highlights key figures across its history. The text is supported throughout with photographs and illustrations.

Welsh at War - Through Mud to Victory: Third Ypres and the 1918 Offensives (Hardcover): Steven John Welsh at War - Through Mud to Victory: Third Ypres and the 1918 Offensives (Hardcover)
Steven John
R683 R557 Discovery Miles 5 570 Save R126 (18%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

The Welsh at War trilogy is the culmination of over twelve years of painstaking research by the author into the Welsh men and infantry units who fought in the Great War. These units included the four regular regiments-the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, South Wales Borderers Welsh Regiment and Welsh Guards-as well as the Territorial Monmouthshire Regiment, the Yeomanry regiments: the Denbighshire Hussars, Pembroke Yeomanry, Montgomeryshire Yeomanry, Glamorgan Yeomanry and Welsh Horse Yeomanry and their amalgamation into service battalions for the regular regiments during 1917. Welsh troops fought with great courage in every theatre of the war-the Western Front, Aden, China, Gallipoli, Egypt, India, Italy, Salonika and in Palestine-and as well as the casualties who were suffered during these campaigns, many men gained recognition for acts of gallantry. The three volumes, split chronologically, cover all of the major actions and incidents in which each of the Welsh infantry regiments took part, as well as stories of Welsh airmen, Welshmen shot at dawn, Welsh rugby players who fell, Welsh gallantry winners and the Welshmen who died in non-Welsh units, such as the Dominion forces and other units of the British armed forces. While chronicling a history of the war through the events and battles that Welshmen took part in, the stories of many individual casualties are included throughout, together with many compelling photographs of the men and their last resting places. Volume III-'Through Mud To Victory'-'Third Ypres And The 1918 Offensives'-records the stories of the Welsh troops involved in the Third Battle of Ypres, from the Welsh battalions of the 19th (Western) Division at Messines Ridge, through the storming of the Pilckem Ridge by the 38th (Welsh) Division and the Guards Division; and the Welsh troops who fought in the final offensives at Passchendaele Ridge. The actions of Welsh troops during the Battle of Cambrai carry through to the final winter of the war and the volume records the sufferings of Welsh troops fighting during the desperate German 'Kaiserschlacht', offensives of the spring of 1918; and carries through the summer of 1918, when the 38th (Welsh) Division moved back to the Somme, to the actions of Welsh troops during the 100 Days Offensive which finally ended the war. The volume also covers the stories of the final battles in Italy, Salonika and Palestine, which saw Welsh troops play a large part.

Blue Division - Spanish Blood in Russia, 19411945 (Paperback): Xavier Moreno Julia Blue Division - Spanish Blood in Russia, 19411945 (Paperback)
Xavier Moreno Julia
R933 R801 Discovery Miles 8 010 Save R132 (14%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book, translated from the original Spanish, is the primary academic and historical study of the Blue Division a Falangist initiative involving the dispatch of some forty-thousand Spanish combatants (more than a half of whom paid with their lives, health, or liberty) to the Russian Front during the Second World War. Xavier Moreno Julia does not limit himself to relating their deeds under arms, but also analyses for the first time the political background in detail: the complex relations between the Spanish government and Hitler's Germany; the internal conflicts between the Falangists and the Army; the rise and fall of Franco's brother-in-law, Minister Ramon Serrano Suner, who inspired the Blue Division and became the second most powerful person in Spain; and the attitude of General Agustin Munoz Grandes, commander of the Blue Division, who was encouraged by Berlin to seriously consider the possibility of taking over the reins of Spanish power. In the end, there were 45,500 reasons that led to joining the Blue Division one for each young man who decided to enlist. To understand all of the complex reasons behind their military service under German command is impossible at this juncture. It is an irrecoverable past that lies in Spanish cemeteries and on the Russian steppes. This book, based on massive documentation in German, British and Spanish archives, is an essential source of information to understand Spain in the 1940s an epoch when the Caudillo's power and the regime's good fortune were less secure than is often believed. Published in association with the Canada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies, LSE

Toward the Flame - A Memoir of World War I (Paperback): Hervey Allen Toward the Flame - A Memoir of World War I (Paperback)
Hervey Allen; Introduction by Steven Kirk Trout
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Considered by many to be the finest American combat memoir of the First World War, Hervey Allen's "Toward the Flame" vividly chronicles the experiences of the Twenty-eighth Division in the summer of 1918. Made up primarily of Pennsylvania National Guardsmen, the Twenty-eighth Division saw extensive action on the Western Front. The story begins with Lieutenant Allen and his men marching inland from the French coast and ends with their participation in the disastrous battle for the village of Fismette. Allen was a talented observer, and the men with whom he served emerge as well-rounded characters against the horrific backdrop of the war. As a historical document, "Toward the Flame" is significant for its highly detailed account of the controversial military action at Fismette. At the same time, it easily stands as a work of literature. Clear-eyed and unsentimental, Allen employs the novelist's powers of description to create a harrowing portrait of coalition war at its worst.

Avenging Angels - Soviet women snipers on the Eastern front (1941-45) (Paperback): Lyuba Vinogradova Avenging Angels - Soviet women snipers on the Eastern front (1941-45) (Paperback)
Lyuba Vinogradova 1
R349 R292 Discovery Miles 2 920 Save R57 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

"Lyuba Vinogradova is a historian with a writer's dramatic eye. By personally interviewing many of the Russian women who as teenagers during WW2 took up arms to defend the motherland, her story becomes undeniably poignant and powerful" MARTIN CRUZ SMITH, author of Gorky Park The girls came from every corner of the U.S.S.R. They were factory workers, domestic servants, teachers and clerks, and few were older than twenty. Though many had led hard lives before the war, nothing could have prepared them for the brutal facts of their new existence: with their country on its knees, and millions of its men already dead, grievously wounded or in captivity, from 1942 onwards thousands of Soviet women were trained as snipers. Thrown into the midst of some of the fiercest fighting of the Second World War they would soon learn what it was like to spend hour upon hour hunting German soldiers in the bleak expanses of no-man's-land; they would become familiar with the awful power that comes with taking another person's life; and in turn they would discover how it feels to see your closest friends torn away from you by an enemy shell or bullet. In a narrative that travels from the sinister catacombs beneath the Kerch Peninsula to Byelorussia's primeval forests and, finally, to the smoking ruins of the Third Reich, Lyuba Vinogradova recounts the untold stories of these brave young women. Drawing on diaries, letters and interviews with survivors, as well as previously unpublished material from the military archives, she offers a moving and unforgettable record of their experiences: the rigorous training, the squalid living quarters, the blood and chaos of the Eastern Front, and those moments of laughter and happiness that occasionally allowed the girls to forget, for a second or two, their horrifying circumstances. Avenging Angels is a masterful account of an all-too-often overlooked chapter of history, and an unparalleled account of these women's lives. Translated from the Russian by Arch Tait

Shades of Green - Irish Regiments, American Soldiers, and Local Communities in the Civil War Era (Paperback): Ryan W. Keating Shades of Green - Irish Regiments, American Soldiers, and Local Communities in the Civil War Era (Paperback)
Ryan W. Keating
R857 R696 Discovery Miles 6 960 Save R161 (19%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Drawing on records of about 5,500 soldiers and veterans, Shades of Green traces the organization of Irish regiments from the perspective of local communities in Connecticut, Illinois, and Wisconsin and the relationships between soldiers and the home front. Research on the impact of the Civil War on Irish Americans has traditionally fallen into one of two tracks, arguing that the Civil War either further alienated Irish immigrants from American society or that military service in defense of the Union offered these men a means of assimilation. In this study of Irish American service, Ryan W. Keating argues that neither paradigm really holds, because many Irish Americans during this time already considered themselves to be assimilated members of American society. This comprehensive study argues that the local community was often more important to ethnic soldiers than the imagined ethnic community, especially in terms of political, social, and economic relationships. An analysis of the Civil War era from this perspective provides a much clearer understanding of immigrant place and identity during the nineteenth century. With a focus on three regiments not traditionally studied, the author provides a fine-grained analysis revealing that ethnic communities, like other types of communities, are not monolithic on a national scale. Examining lesser-studied communities, rather than the usual those of New York City and Boston, Keating brings the local back into the story of Irish American participation in the Civil War, thus adding something new and valuable to the study of the immigrant experience in America's bloodiest conflict. Throughout this rich and groundbreaking study, Keating supports his argument through advanced quantitative analysis of military-service records and an exhaustive review of a massive wealth of raw data; his use of quantitative methods on a large dataset is an unusual and exciting development in Civil War studies. Shades of Green is sure to "shake up" several fields of study that rely on ethnicity as a useful category for analysis; its impressive research provides a significant contribution to scholarship.

Where Did That Regiment Go? - The Lineage of British Infantry and Cavalry Regiments at a Glance (Paperback): Gerry Murphy Where Did That Regiment Go? - The Lineage of British Infantry and Cavalry Regiments at a Glance (Paperback)
Gerry Murphy
R477 R397 Discovery Miles 3 970 Save R80 (17%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Everyone has heard of, say, the Irish Fusliliers, the Glorious Glosters, or Royal Scots Greys. But where are these regiments today? What are they called? And what were they called a hundred years ago? The painful and much-resented rationalisation of the British regiments - which meant amalgamation or simply disbandment - has been going on since the first regiments were raised in the 17th century, according to the perceived needs of the nation in war or peacetime. But it accelerated in the mid-1950s and the task has now been completed on General Jackson's watch, in 2007. Anyone trying to follow the name changes of a particular regiment soon gets caught up in and confused by different histories in different books. By using clear family trees, Gerry Murphy sorts out all the confusion in one indispensable volume. The appendices alone are invaluable, showing the number of regimental antecedents, honours, colours and insignia.

The Red Lancers (Book, New edition): Ronald Pawly The Red Lancers (Book, New edition)
Ronald Pawly
R1,311 R1,104 Discovery Miles 11 040 Save R207 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Based on archive research, this is a detailed study of the history and personnel of a single unit of Napoleon's Imperial Guard, 1810-1815 - the 2nd Light Horse or "Red Lancers". Their part in the Napoleonic Wars is covered, from the 1812 Russian Campaign, through the defensive campaigns in Germany and France in 1813-14, to the fateful 100 days of 1815 and to the final sunset at Waterloo. Illustrated with many period paintings some previously unpublished and of international importance and detailed appendices on known members of the regiment - this is an impressive work of scholarship and is destined to become a standard reference for the collector and student of Napoleonic history.

The Royal Gibraltar Regiment - Nulli expugnabilis hosti (Hardcover): Matthias Strohn The Royal Gibraltar Regiment - Nulli expugnabilis hosti (Hardcover)
Matthias Strohn
R1,105 R890 Discovery Miles 8 900 Save R215 (19%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In 2014 the Royal Gibraltar Regiment celebrated its 75th anniversary. This is the history of the regiment and its preceding formations, a history that shows how a locally raised volunteer unit developed into a modern, light-role infantry battalion, based in Gibraltar and operating all over the world. The book takes the reader back to the beginning of British rule in Gibraltar and the involvement of the local population in the Great Siege during the 18th century. From there it embarks on a journey that describes the history of the Volunteer Corps in the First World War and the Gibraltar Defence Force which was established in 1939, the Gibraltar Regiment during the Cold War and finally the Royal Gibraltar Regiment in its current form. The changing roles of the regiment and the internal developments are described and explained within the wider political and military context of Gibraltar. This journey is brought to life with the help of photographs, illustrations and the words of the regiment's soldiers.

Beneath a Turkish Sky - The Royal Dublin Fusiliers and the Assault on Gallipoli (Paperback): Philip Lecane Beneath a Turkish Sky - The Royal Dublin Fusiliers and the Assault on Gallipoli (Paperback)
Philip Lecane
R548 R456 Discovery Miles 4 560 Save R92 (17%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

It was the First World War's largest seaborne invasion and the Irish were at the forefront. Recruited in Ireland, the Royal Dublin Fusiliers were ordered to spearhead the invasion of Gallipoli in Turkey. Deadlocked in trench warfare on the Western Front, the British High Command hoped the assault would Germany's ally out of the war. Using letters and photographs, this book tells the story of the `Dubs' officers and men called from an idyllic posting in India to be billeted on the civilian population in England. They then set off on what was presented as a great adventure to win glory and capture Constantinople. The book also gives the story of the Turkish defenders and the locality being invaded. Accompanied by the Royal Munster Fusiliers, packed aboard the SS River Clyde, the `Dubs' landed from ships boats on the fiercely defended beach at Sedd-el-Bahr. The song The Foggy Dew says, "It were better to die beneath an Irish sky than at Suvla or Sedd-el-Bahr." This book tells the story of the forgotten Irishmen who died beneath a Turkish sky in what was Ireland's D-Day.

Lion Rampant - The Memoirs of an Infantry Officer from D-Day to the Rhineland (Paperback): Robert Woollcombe Lion Rampant - The Memoirs of an Infantry Officer from D-Day to the Rhineland (Paperback)
Robert Woollcombe 1
R217 R190 Discovery Miles 1 900 Save R27 (12%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Lion Rampant is Robert Woollcombe's graphic account of his experiences as a front-line infantry officer with the King's Own Scottish Borderers during the desperate battle for Normandy and the Allied advance into Germany. Vividly evoking the confusion, horror and comradeship of war - from the killing fields of Normandy bocage, through house-to-house fighting in shattered Flemish towns, to the final Rhine crossing - Lion Rampant is a powerful, authentic and moving story, telling with extraordinary clarity how the author, his fellow officers and the men of his company lived through one of the most bitter campaigns in history.

A Regiment of Slaves - The 4th United States Colored Infantry, 1863-1866 (Paperback): Edward G. Longacre A Regiment of Slaves - The 4th United States Colored Infantry, 1863-1866 (Paperback)
Edward G. Longacre
R474 R404 Discovery Miles 4 040 Save R70 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The 4th United States Colored Troops (USCT) regiment saw considerable action in the eastern theater of operations from late 1863 to mid-1865. The regiment--drawn largely from freedmen and liberated slaves in the Middle Atlantic and New England states--served in Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler's Army of the James, whose mission was to capture the Confederate capital at Richmond. From May to December 1864, the 4th saw action in the Bermuda Hundred and Richmond-Petersburg campaigns, and in early 1865 helped capture the defenses of Wilmington, North Carolina, the last open seaport of value to the Confederacy.

Citing recently discovered and previously unpublished accounts, author Edward G. Longacre goes beyond the battlefield heroics of the 4th USCT, blending his unique insights into political and social history to analyze the motives, goals, and aspirations of the African American enlisted men. The author also emphasizes how these soldiers overcame what one of their commanders called "stupid, unreasoning, and quite vengeful prejudice" and shows how General Butler, a supporter of black troops, gave the unit opportunities to prove itself in battle, resulting in a combat record of which any infantry regiment, black or white, could be proud.

Come on Highlanders! - Glasgow Territorials in the Great War (Paperback): Alec Weir Come on Highlanders! - Glasgow Territorials in the Great War (Paperback)
Alec Weir
R547 R455 Discovery Miles 4 550 Save R92 (17%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Formed in 1868, and already possessors of a proud history by the outbreak of the First World War, the men of the 9th (Glasgow Highland) Battalion, The Highland Light Infantry, were right at the heart of the cataclysmic events that unfolded between 1914 and 1918 on the Western Front. One of the first Territorial units to be rushed to France in 1914, they participated in almost all the major British battles, including the Somme in 1916 and Ypres in 1917. Altogether, around 4,500 men served with the Glasgow Highlanders in the First World War. The composition of the Glasgow Highlanders changed dramatically over five years of fighting, as the original Territorial members were replaced. Despite this change, the ethos of the battalion, built up over half a century of peace and many months of warfare, survived. Alec Weir has steeped himself in the proud history of the Glasgow Highlanders in the First World War. His accessible, informal style, employing many first hand accounts, and his rigorous research combine here to produce a fascinating and detailed account of how ordinary men from all walks of life confronted and mastered the hellish conditions of trench warfare.

Ukrainians in the Waffen-SS (Hardcover): Rolf Michaelis Ukrainians in the Waffen-SS (Hardcover)
Rolf Michaelis
R760 R588 Discovery Miles 5 880 Save R172 (23%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

With the beginning of the Operation Barbarossa more than 100,000 Ukrainians volunteered for the fight against Stalin and communismn. These volunteers were put into Schutzmannschafts-Bataillone under the control of the German Police. After Stalingrad however, Ukrainians were allowed to build up a division sized unit for the frontline. Around 15,000 Ukrainians were drafted and their first combat was at the Brody front in Galicia in summer 1944.

Dad's Army - The Home Guard 1940-1944 (Paperback): David Carroll Dad's Army - The Home Guard 1940-1944 (Paperback)
David Carroll
R344 R292 Discovery Miles 2 920 Save R52 (15%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The Home Guard was formed in May 1940, when the dark clouds of war rolled over Britain and the nation stood alone, threatened with a Nazi invasion. Within six weeks of a radio appeal for a new civilian army to guard the Home Front, a staggering 1.5 million men had enrolled for service, covering every city, town, and village in the country. Despite initial deficiencies in the provision of training and equipment, the Home Guard later developed into a cohesive force and one of impressive diversity. David Carroll draws on the personal accounts of those men and eventually women who served, to reveal what it was really like to spend long nights on duty watching for the disguised enemy parachutists to drop on the fields of Britain. He conveys the fighting spirit of the men while examining the Home Guard's contribution to the war effort. "Dad's Army" is a comprehensive account of the Home Guard--from the early disorganized days of May 1940 until Stand Down at the close of 1944, by which time they had become a force to be reckoned with.

32nd SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Division: "30.Januar" (Hardcover): Rolf Michaelis 32nd SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Division: "30.Januar" (Hardcover)
Rolf Michaelis
R888 R663 Discovery Miles 6 630 Save R225 (25%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The SS Division "30. Januar" was one of the last SS-Divisions formed during World War II and was almost entirely composed of training units and 16-18 year old boys (the honorary name "30. Januar" was the same date Hitler became Reich chancellor in 1933). First planned as a motorized division, the unit ended up as a normal infantry division because of a lack of fuel. With a final strength of 12,000, they fought on the Oder-front south of Frankfurt/Oder. After the Soviet attack on 16 April 1945 they were wiped out in the pocket of Halbe southeast of Berlin.

The Irish Guards in the Great War: The First Battalion (Paperback): Rudyard Kipling The Irish Guards in the Great War: The First Battalion (Paperback)
Rudyard Kipling
R527 R441 Discovery Miles 4 410 Save R86 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A regimental history and official account of the Irish Guards in World War I, written by Rudyard Kipling in honor of his son, John, who served in the Irish Guards and was killed in his first action at the battle of Loos. This book also contains a listing of the battle rolls of honor and casualty lists of all officers and men who served with the First and Second Battalion. This is the forgotten masterpiece of Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling. It is the result of five and a half years' detailed research. It was out of print for many years. "This will be my great work . . . It is done with agony and bloody sweat." First published in 1923, Kipling's little-known masterpiece is an utterly individual contribution to the art of regimental history. In August 1914 Kipling's son John, not yet 17, volunteered for a commission in the army, but being under age and with poor sight, was initially refused. His father's friendship with Lord Roberts was used to gain him a commission in the Irish Guards. John Kipling's battalion, the 2nd, was at once deployed in the costly battle of Loos, where he was among the earliest casualties. Kipling was devastated, and set about writing a regimental history as a monument to his son's service. The result of five years of laborious research, it is both a military and a literary masterpiece. Kipling employed his exceptional descriptive powers, his empathy with fighting men, and his habitual passion for detail, to wonderful effect. Long out of print, the two volumes of "The Irish Guards in the Great War," of which this is volume two, are republished in lavish, illustrated editions complete with the original maps and appendices.

The Armies of Classical Greece (Hardcover, New Ed): Everett L. Wheeler The Armies of Classical Greece (Hardcover, New Ed)
Everett L. Wheeler
R6,966 Discovery Miles 69 660 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The origin of the Western military tradition in Greece 750-362 BC is fraught with controversies, such as the date and nature of the phalanx, the role of agricultural destruction and the existence of rules and ritualistic practices. This volume collects papers significant for specific points in debates or theoretical value in shaping and critiquing controversial viewpoints. An introduction offers a critical analysis of recent trends in ancient military history and provides a bibliographical essay contextualizing the papers within the framework of debates with a guide to further reading.

Wielding the Dagger - The MarineKorps Flandern and the German War Effort, 1914-1918 (Hardcover, New): Mark D. Karau Wielding the Dagger - The MarineKorps Flandern and the German War Effort, 1914-1918 (Hardcover, New)
Mark D. Karau
R1,857 Discovery Miles 18 570 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In August 1914, Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz convinced the German armed forces to create a new unit, called the MarineDivision Flandern, to garrison the Belgian coastline and prepare naval bases in for the implementation of a naval guerrilla war against Great Britain. The Germans called their strategy Kleinkrieg, or little war, and they intended to whittle away at British naval superiority by using their submarines and destroyers. Later expanded into the MarineKorps, the unit soon found itself in the middle of a land war as well. What had been intended as a garrison unit found itself on the frontlines when the war stalemated. The British had traditionally seen Belgium as a "dagger pointed at the throat of England," and the Royal Navy feared what use the Germans might make of the position. The result was an active naval campaign in the English Channel. Karau brings to light the contributions of the MarineKorps Flandern, a force often neglected by historians. He examines the role of the MarineKorps in both land and naval wars and reaffirms the increasingly important role played by aircraft in the Flanders theater. If Belgium was a weapon pointed at the British throat, were the Germans properly equipped to wield the dagger?

The Cheshire Regiment (Paperback): Niall Barr The Cheshire Regiment (Paperback)
Niall Barr
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This book provides a photographic history of one of England's oldest un-amalgamated Country Regiments. Formed in 1689 the Regiment served widely at home and around the world in India, the Far East, the Mediterranean, North America, the Caribbean and Antarctica. Beginning in 1858, it highlights Victorian and Edwardian service in Malta, New Brunswick, Burma and India. During the First World War, the Regiment, greatly expanded to thirty-eight Battalions, serving throughout the war on the Western Front and at various times in the Mediterranean, Gallipoli, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Salonika and Macedonia. In the inter-war years the Regiment served at home and overseas in India, Palestine and Malta. During the Second World War the Cheshire's served in France during 1940, in Malta, North Africa, the Middle East in PAI Force and in North West Europe from June 1944 until the end of the war. Post-war service included Palestine, Egypt, Malaysia, Cyprus with the UN, Germany, Ireland, Belize and Hong Kong. The 200 photographs contained in this book are drawn from the regimental archives and highlight the diverse activities and places associated with the Cheshire Regiment over the past 150 years during times of peace and war. Dr Ronald Barr is a senior lecturer in history at Chester College and is Director of the College's Military Studies programme which is taught at the Cheshire Military Museum. He has a long-standing interest in military history and his previous works include: The Progressive Army: US Army Command and Administration.

Soldiers of Shropshire (Paperback): Peter Duckers Soldiers of Shropshire (Paperback)
Peter Duckers
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For generations, the county of Shropshire has maintained a range of volunteer military units - infantry, cavalry, artillery, medical and the rest - which have served effectively and loyally in peacetime and in war. In times of national emergency, their numbers have been swelled by the creation if new military formations, raised purely to meet the crisis of war and which, their duty done, have ceased to exist. This book (a companion to The King's Shropshire Light Infantry 1881 - 1968 in the Images of England series), presents a selection of photographs of these 'part-time' soldiers of Shropshire between peacetime and through two World Wars, on ceremonial duty, on active service and in training. The photographs follow the story of the Shropshire Yeomanry, the local Militia, the Rifle Volunteers, the Territorial Army and the Shropshire Royal Horse Artillery from the 1870s towards the present day, with additional glances at other short-lived or war-raised units which were called into existence as need demanded. As with other countries, Shropshire has fought hard to maintain its military connections and to preserve and enhance their fine reputation. It is hoped that the publication of these photographs will be a reminder of that proud heritage and be of general interest to military historians and to veterans and families of those who served their country. PETER DUCKERS is Curator of the Shropshire Regimental Museum in Shrewsbury Castle.

The Dorsetshire Regiment (Paperback): Terry Bishop The Dorsetshire Regiment (Paperback)
Terry Bishop
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This unique photographic history of the Dorsetshire Regiment conveys the history and spirit of a county regiment which was raised in 1702 and continued its service until amalgamation with the Devons in 1958. With over 200 photographs taken from the regimental archives in the Keep Military Museum in Dorchester, the book illustrates the regiment's service around the world in war and peace, showing the gallant action of both regular, volunteer and territorial forces. The author has constructed a book that will provide a nostalgic look at the recent past, as well as tracing the regiment's more distant history. This endearing collection provides an unparalleled insight into the Dorsetshires and gives a glimpse of many of the men who served with the regiment not only on campaign but also in providing garrisons for the Empire. Most of these photographs are in print for the first time ans will provide nostalgic pleasure for many.

The Welch Regiment (41st and 69th Foot) 1881-1969 - Images of Wales (Paperback): Bryn Owen The Welch Regiment (41st and 69th Foot) 1881-1969 - Images of Wales (Paperback)
Bryn Owen
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This intriguing collection of around 200 photographs illustrates the distinguished service of a South Wales regiment which can be traced back to the early eighteenth century and which had close links to the Royal Hospital, Chelsea. It illustrates the history of the 1st and 2nd Battalions, The Welsh Regiment, formed from the 41st (The Welch) Regiment of Infantry and the 69th (South Lincolnshire) Regiment, which saw worldwide service in the days of the Empire and beyond. Supported at home, until 1908, by one Militia Battalion and four Volunteer Battalions, and after 1908 by four Territorial Battalions, the Regiment could truly be described as the indigenous infantry of south and south-west Wales. The book also traces the expanded Regiment which participated valiantly in the First World War. Officially renamed the The Welch Regiment in 1920, restoring the old English spelling, the Regiment continued to add to its outstanding record of service. During the Second World War Battalions fought in North Africa, Crete, Sicily, Italy, the North West Frontier as well as with the 14th Army in Burma. In 1948, the 2nd Battalion was disbanded, but the 1st went on to service in Korea, on the Rhine, North Africa and Hong Kong, interspersed with peaceful interludes in the United Kingdom. However, in 1969, the 1st Battalion, The Welch Regiment, amalgamated with the 1st Battalion, The South Wales Borderers, to form the 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Wales, thus bringing to a close two and half centuries of loyal independent service. This collection, taken from the regimental archives and for the most part unpublished, presents a stunning pictorial history of the Regiment's achievements, showing their gallant service all over the world.

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