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Presents the story of the militias and volunteers of Northumberland from the early militia through Napoleonic Wars to the Territorial Army and the New Territorials.
Khyber Rifles is a familiar name to readers, mostly through the corps' association with the Khyber Pass. But in its 125 year history nothing has been written about these men who played a key role in Britain's struggle to dominate the North-West Frontier. This subject has sparked much literary interest since the events of September 11th, but this book fills a gap in North-West Frontier literature and its relevance lies in the fact that the Khyber Rifles still stand guard over one of the world's most volatile borders.
Tibbit's Boys is a new form of a combined regimental and campaign history. The 21st New York Cavalry regiment's unit history is the means by which readers may experience the Shenandoah valley campaign of the summer of 1864. As the story of this late war regiment unfolds, readers can watch the regiment's birth from a cadre of experienced officers and men. At the same time, readers will also be able to review the tactical and strategic context of the Union high command's final offensive designed to end the War Between the States. The Shenandoah Valley campaign of 1864 was a major theater of operations that contributed to the downfall of the Confederacy. Although the 21st New York Cavalry did not participate in the climatic fall battles of the campaign of 1864, the regiment returned to action during the mopping up phase of the offensive, directed at Mai John S. Mosbey's 43rd Virginia Partizan Rangers. An epilogue describing the Indian War service of the regiment has been included to make the story complete. This book has something to say to the present generation about the War Between the States that has not been said by other writers. It tells the history of a major campaign from the viewpoint of the soldier on the firing line as well as from the commander's perspective. Civil War and middle period students will be interested in this book.
A major work of military history - the first new study of one of the least known of the foreign Waffen-SS contingents to appear in many years in the English language, based on primary sources including eyewitness accounts, analysed and interpreted by a military mind, and narrated in an exciting and fresh style concentrating on the formations fighting record. In the burning ruins of Berlin in April 1945 a ragged band of SS grenadiers defied the might of the Red Army until the very end - these men were not Germans, but Frenchmen. This book tells the story of the thousands of Frenchmen who, for many different reasons, volunteered to wear the SS double lightning flashes and serve alongside their erstwhile conquerors. The author tells the story of the pre-war politics of France that led to the collapse of 1940 and the era of French collaboration with the Germans. Precursor French formations such as the Legion des Volontaires Francais contre les bolchevisme and the SS-Sturmbrigade Frankreich are covered in detail, including their campaigns in Russia and Galicia. The battles of the Charlemagne in snow bound Pomerania and the rubble of Berlin are covered in great detail. The author draws on eyewitness accounts from veterans about their experiences of combat in the hell of the Russian Front and assesses the military impact they had.
A history of the personalities and campaigns of the twelve Scottish Regiments, one cavalry, one guards, and ten infantry, from the end of the Civil War in the seventeenth century, through the rise and fall of the British Empire to the present day. The twelve regiments have a collective reputation for fighting which is second to none, each maintaining a distinctive style and ethos, which has distiguished their individual histories.
At the outbreak of World War II in September 1939, Germany's
armored forces - the Panzerwaffe - were still in their infancy. The
restrictions imposed by the Treaty of Versailles meant that German
tank development had to be conducted in secret. Initial armor
campaigns in Poland were not completely successful and changes were
needed before the invasion of France.
This book examines the brief but colorful history of the 1st US Volunteer Cavalry, and details the rich experiences of the men who fought in its ranks. Founded in May 1898, the unit's actions in Cuba during the Spanish-American War have passed into military and national legend. The men who volunteered for the force came from a broad spectrum of American society, including seasoned ranch hands and cowboys, college athletes, and policemen. The unit was posted to Cuba in June 1898, where the 1st US Volunteer Cavalry fought in the battles of "Las Guasimas," Kettle Hill and San Juan Hill. At this time, its commander, Colonel Leonard Wood, took charge of the US 2nd Cavalry Brigade, leaving Theodore Roosevelt to assume command of the 1st US Volunteer Cavalry. The unit subsequently became known as 'Roosevelt's Rough Riders', after Buffalo Bill's popular cowboy show that featured 'Rough Riders of the World'. Many of the volunteers were struck down by disease and sickness during the campaign, and the unit was eventually withdrawn, returning to a hero's welcome in the US. The last veteran of the unit died in 1975, but a rich body of source material has survived, and much of this is covered in this fascinating work.
An illustrated account of the Household Cavalry and Foot Guards in The Great War. The story of the Guards in the First World War epitomises the shattering historical significance of the conflict. These elite regiments fought in every major engagement on the Western Front - Mons, Loos, the Aisne, the Somme, Passchendaele - and sustained incalculable losses. Whole divisions were wiped out, and new regiments created. Cavalrymen spent the war behind machine-guns while their horses remained tethered and terrified. Simon Doughty's account is the first truly comprehensive record of the regiments' contribution to the war, describing every action in which they participated and tracing the complex history of their formation and dissolution. Rare extracts from regimental publications and arresting photography - much of which is published here for the first time - bring us close to the stories of famous figures such as Kipling, Julian Grenfell and Harold Macmillan, but also introduce us to the unknown private soldiers, all of whom were awarded the special rank of Guardsman by a grateful King George V after the War. As eminent historian Sir Michael Howard's introduction makes clear, the experience of the Guards is a peculiarly poignant tale within the wider narrative of the War. Amid the series of centenary commemorations, it is a story that needs to be told.
Rather than being a conventional regimental history, Fighting Tigers instead picks out fourteen classic actions and campaigns fought by men of the Leicestershire (later Royal Leicestershire) Regiment. These are some of the actions in which the bravery and determination of 'The Tigers' shone through most clearly. The book also illustrates the bonds of kinship which within a family regiment such as the Leicesters are extremely strong, with several generations serving at different times, and surnames often recurring. The book covers the Boer War, First World War, Second World War, Korean War and the 'undeclared' war in Borneo in 1963. The actions covered include Ladysmith and the Somme via the evacuation at Dunkirk to the jungles of Burma, and thence to the hills of Korea, along the way charting the characters and the commanders of various battalions, and chronicling the Honours and decorations which were gained.
Eighth Army, Britain's most famous field army of the twentieth century, landed in Italy in September 1943 and fought continously until the defeat of the Germans in early-May 1945. This book studies the experience of Eighth Army in the Italian campaign, examining how a force accustomed to the open spaces of North Africa adjusted to the difficult terrain of Italy where fighting became much more a matter for the infantry than for the armour. It also compares the qualities of the commanders of Eighth Army in Italy: Montgomery; Leese and, finally, McCreery. The book uses official records at various levels, personal accounts - some never before published - and published material to present a picture of an army that, although defined as British, was one of the war's most cosmopolitan formations. Its soldiers came from the UK, Canada, India, Ireland, Nepal, New Zealand, Poland and South Africa as well as from Palestine - the Jewish Brigade - and from Italy itself.
Seventy years ago, 133 airmen of 617 Squadron, later known as the Dambusters, set out to destroy the Ruhr Dams in Germany. This one operation amongst many carried out by Bomber Command has become one of the most well known in the whole history of WWII. Indeed, a very successful film was made about it which became a classic, etching the dramatic events of the Dambuster raids in the minds of young and old alike. The book covers every facet of this enthralling episode. It also works as a poignant tribute to the 53 men who were killed on the operation, as well as the men who returned from the operation but were later killed on further sorties with 617 and other squadrons. Cooper brings together various narrative threads, focussing on stories recorded in document form and acquired on a first-hand basis to give a real insight into the daily operations of the squadron.
From the late 1950s through 1960s, post-World War II conditions caused a number of Britain's historic infantry and cavalry regiments to be amalgamated. In 1959 two veteran infantry battalions, the Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiments, were combined into a single unit. The ancient ties of the Wiltshire Regiment with the Dukes of Edinburgh were maintained, with the present Duke graciously agreeing to serve as Colonel-in-Chief of the new regiment.
With the end of the Cold War there were further amalgamations in the British Army. Since 1994 the traditions of the Regiment have been carried on by a new unit formed by an amalgamation with the equally distinguished Gloucester Regiment.
Irish troops had fought for Louis XIV in the 1670s, under Irish officers who had little choice but to fight in foreign service, with the blessing of Charles II. With the accession of James II, and the religious politics of who might earn the English crown, they became embroiled in the Jacobite succession crisis, fighting in Ireland, then sent to France under Lord Mountcashel in 1689\. With the fall of Limerick in 1691, Patrick Sarsfield led the second 'flight' of 'Wild Geese' to the continent, to fight in a war for the French, against the Grand Alliance of Europe, in the vain hope that their loyalty might warrant French support in a return to Ireland under a Jacobite king. From the Nine Years War, through the War of the Spanish Succession, and beyond, their descendents would be present at Fontenoy, Culloden and in the Americas, forever destined to fight for a cause and land which had changed beyond recognition. D.P.Graham explains the origins of the brigade and its regiments, the personalities who led them and formed their reputation, and the circumstances of their final dissolution in the aftermath of French Revolution.
"Cooke's examination of the Special Services and PX System during World War II, a subject previously overlooked by scholars, shows that these goods and services kept the armed forces' spirits up under the alienating conditions of global war."-Dennis Showalter, author of Patton and Rommel: Men of War in the Twentieth Century As World War II dawned in Europe, General George C. Marshall, the new Army Chief of Staff, had to acknowledge that American society-and the citizens who would soon become soldiers-had drastically changed in the previous few decades. Almost every home had a radio, movies could talk, and driving in an automobile to the neighborhood soda fountain was part of everyday life. A product of newly created mass consumerism, the soldier of 1940 had expectations of material comfort, even while at war. Historian James J. Cooke presents the first comprehensive look at how Marshall's efforts to cheer soldiers far from home resulted in the enduring morale services that the Army provides still today. Marshall understood that civilian soldiers provided particular challenges and wanted to improve the subpar morale services that had been provided to Great War doughboys. Frederick Osborn, a civilian intellectual, was called to head the newly formed morale branch, which quickly became the Special Services Division. Hundreds of on-post movie theaters showing first-run movies at reduced prices, service clubs where GIs could relax, and inexpensive cafeterias were constructed. The Army Exchange System took direction under Brigadier General Joseph Byron, offering comfort items at low prices; the PX sold everything from cigarettes and razor blades to low-alcohol beer in very popular beer halls. The great civic organizations-the YMCA, the Salvation Army, the Jewish Welfare Board, and others-were brought together to form the United Service Organizations (USO). At USO Camp Shows, admired entertainers like Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Frances Langford brought home-style entertainment to soldiers within the war zones. As the war heightened in intensity, the Special Service Companies grew to over forty in number, each containing more than one hundred enlisted men. Trained in infantry skills, soldiers in the companies at times would have to stop showing movies, pick up their rifles, and fight. The Special Services Division, PX, and USO were crucial elements in maintaining GI morale, and Cooke's work makes clear the lasting legacy of these efforts to boost the average soldier's spirits almost a century ago. The idea that as American soldiers serve abroad, they should have access to at least some of the comforts of home has become a cultural standard.
Formed in 1916, the U.S. Army 31st Infantry Regiment-known as the Polar Bears-has fought in virtually every war in modern American history. This richly illustrated chronicle of the regiment's century of combat service covers their exploits on battlefields from Manila to Siberia-including Pork Chop Hill, Nui Chom Mountain and Iraq's Triangle of Death-along with their survival during the Bataan Death March and the years of brutal captivity that followed.
On November 11, 1862, Brigadier General Thomas Lanier Clingman, despite a lack of formal military training, was named commander of four regiments sent to the eastern counties of North Carolina to prevent Federal troops from making further inroads into the state. Clingman has been called one of North Carolina's most colorful and controversial statesmen, but his military career received little attention from his contemporaries and has been practically ignored by later historians. Like Clingman, the brigade, composed of the 8th, 31st, 51st, and 61st regiments of North Carolina Infantry, has been both praised and condemned for its performance in battle. This work determines the effect Clingman's Brigade had on various battles and in various defensive positions. It also corrects falsehoods by providing a more accurate portrayal of Clingman, the brigade, and the problems it faced. Chapters are devoted to Clingman as a lawyer, politician, and Congressman, Clingman as soldier, battles fought by the brigade, and the four regiments. Appendices include Clingman's two order books (detailing general and specific orders), a roster of his officers, and miscellaneous letters.
This is the combat history of the Polish Montpellier squadron, which fought in Polish fighter aircraft MS 406s in the Battle of France in 1940. It provides full details of the unit's aces, its victories and losses, as well as details of the aircraft; PhD Bartlomiej Belcarz has researched the air war in France in 1939/40 in great detail. He has previously written several books & articles and his work is well known to military and aviation enthusiasts. This will be the first ever book in English describing the heroic exploits of this World War II aviation unit. It looks at a rarely documented aspect of World War Two aviation history. The book is illustrated with photographs, full color artwork, scale plans and maps. It features superb color illustrations of camouflage and markings, walk-around color photographs, and rare black and white archive photographs. It is essential reading for aviation enthusiasts and scale aeromodelers REVIEWS illuminating background notes Photos, artwork, tables and biographic sidebars support this solid study. And the late, great Teodire Liviu Morosanu's 37 beautiful color plates profiles, plan views and insignia for MS 406s, MB.152s and D-520s splendidly sated my modeling muse .MMP has forged a deservedly brilliant reputation with gems like this. Enthusiasts of WWII's Blitzkrieg Era will love Montpellier Fighter Squadron. I certainly did.Robustly recommended Cybermodeler
As the definitive final volume of the history of The Royal Leicestershire Regiment Marching with The Tigers covers events in that Regiment and its successor, the 4th Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, over the years 1955-75. During this period the Battalions undertook overseas and operational tours in Cyprus, Germany, Hong Kong, Borneo, Aden, Malta and Libya, Bahrain and Northern Ireland. Supported by seventeen maps and many black and white photographs, its lively text describes the Regular battalions' activities up to the disbandment of Tiger Company in 1975, the Territorial Army battalions' up to the disbandment of The Royal Leicestershire Regiment (Territorial) in 1971, the early years of the Leicestershire Companies in the 5th and 7th (Volunteer) Battalions The Royal Anglian Regiment, the Depot, the Museum, the Regimental Chapel in the Cathedral and Affiliations. The final chapter brings The Tigers' History right up to the present day including Royal Tigers' Wood and the dedication of the various national memorials commemorating the Regiment.
Its numerous appendices contain a wealth of information such as lists of Honours and Gallantry Awards (including Long Service and Efficiency Decorations and Medals), Colonels and Commanding Officers and of those who commanded other units and formations, Late Entry Commissions and National Service Officers. Marching with The Tigers is not only comprehensive but lavish as well with the four Cuneo paintings, the cap badges and the Colours all displayed in color.
This is a fascinating acount of the 15th Scottish Reconnaissance Regiment. They played a key role in the liberation of Europe and the Regiment was unique in that it was in the forefront of the crossings of the Rivers Seine, Rhine and Elbe. The troops who landed in Normandy were highly trained but most of them had not experienced actual combat; however they quickly learnt the skills necessary to survive and defeat a cunning and resourceful foe.Scottish Lion on Patrol was first published in 1950. This new edition has been written by Tim Chamberlin who, being closely involved with the Old Comrades Association, has had rare access to veterans' memories. Full of eye-witness accounts, this is a true story of a real 'Band of Brothers', the original work being faithfully reproduced and significant new material from personal recollections which are graphic, moving and occasionally humorous.As Major General Peter Grant Peterkin says in his new foreword, 'His interviews with those who fought bravely with the Regiment have brought a fresh and well-informed insight into the story.
Military Working Dogs have played a vital role in the United States armed forces throughout history. In this celebration of their contributions to our nation, Lisa Rogak profiles these heroic dogs and showcases them in vivid photographs that capture the devotion and respect these amazing canines, their devoted handlers, and fellow soldiers share for each other. A heart-warming collection for dog lovers everywhere, this is the first illustrated tribute to America's Military Working Dogs.
The Old Guard in 1898 is the first detailed insight into one of the Army's most famous regiments: the Third United States Infantry Regiment, also known as "The Old Guard" and "The President's Own." Up to the year 1898, the Army had been an instrument of government policy limited to operations only within the North American continent. It had performed its mission well and had also made the conversion into a domestic peacekeeping force. With the outbreak of the War with Spain, however, the Army was asked to perform its primary function on the international political stage during a time of rapid, widespread news coverage. Historian Richard M. Lytle supplements his own narrative of the events with extensive newspaper accounts from the era, illustrating the public opinion and reaction to the war. In addition to the Old Guard's participation in the War with Spain in 1898, Lytle relates everything else pertaining to this regiment: its founding, its role in the War of 1812, its controversial name change in 1815, its performance in the Civil War, and its duties today as the honor guard for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, a caisson platoon, the continental honor guard, and a crackerjack Army drill team. Historic photographs of the Third Infantry Regiment are also included, bringing a face to the men who served in this famous unit, making this a necessity for military history enthusiasts.
This book is a narrative history which describes how the Ohio National Guard survived and even prospered as part of the American military establishment during a period characterized by anti-military sentiments. From 1919 to 1940, while the United States' Regular Army was so starved for funds that it barely remained a serious fighting force, the Ohio National Guard, and other states' Guard organizations, was relatively well funded; the Ohio National Guard was deemed worthy of public support because it, unlike the Regular Army, was staffed by citizen soldiers and thus was never perceived as a threat to the state. This book provides a comprehensive picture of the National Guard during these years and is valuable to anyone interested in United States military history.
What really happened in Singapore and Malaya during the dark days of December 1941-February 1942? Britain's worst military disaster is looked at here in a new light using first hand accounts from the men on the ground. Their story is told for the first time and is conclusive proof that some of our soldiers did fight the enemy and, in fact, held them back for long enough to enable many to escape from Singapore to fight another day. The accusation that our soldiers in Malaya did not fight is put in its proper context for the first time. Moon over Malaya is the true story of two of the most famous regiments in Britain, the 2nd Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders and of their compatriots, the Royal Marines, who fought side by side against the Japanese invaders.
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