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Seventeen out of thirty-two battalions of the Hampshires (they became Royal in 1946) went overseas during the Great War, between them they served in France and Flanders, Gallipoli, Macedonia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Palestine, India, Aden, Persia and Russia. Three VCs (all 2Lts) and 82 Battle Honours were awarded (the highest number awarded to any regiment in the Great War) and deaths totalled some 7,580. Atkinson, whose war histories rank among the best written, had two major problems with this one and he makes them clear in his preface. First, the time factor. Over thirty years had passed and another world war by the time this history came out. The ranks of the survivors, to whom the regimental historian looks for personal memories and anecdotal accounts to supplement the more official record, had thinned and among those who were left memories were growing dim; and secondly the Part II Daily Orders were destroyed in a WWII blitz. These documents, though tedious to have to plough through, contained invaluable information such as changes in the officers within a battalion, dates and numbers of casualties, the award of honours, the arrival of drafts, and the disposal of officers and men of disbanded battalions, all meat and drink to the regimental historian. The main sources for the account are the battalion war diaries supplemented to some extent by those of the brigades and divisions in which they served. Despite the problems Atkinson has put together a good, solid history which maintains the high standard of his previous works and one in which the narrative is certainly well supported by maps and sketches. The whole history constitutes a chronological record of the war describing all those events and actions which involved one or more battalions of the regiment, beginning with Le Cateau in which the 1st Battalion (11th Brigade, 4th Division) took part. After 2nd Ypres come chapters on Gallipoli where the 2nd, 1/4th and 10th Battalions fought. Most of the action is, of course on the Western front, but the other theatres are not neglected as chapters describing the doings of the battalions engaged in those campaigns are slotted into the overall framework at the appropriate time. There is a list of Honours and Awards including Mentioned in Despatches and Foreign Awards, and there is a nominal roll of the regular and special reserve officers with date of rank and promotions, noting those who died. Finally there are two good indexes, one of persons and places the other of formations and units.
This work is an extensive analysis of the 1915 British landing at Suvla Bay, one of the most mismanaged and ineffective operations of World War I. Chapters examine the events that led to the landings on the Gallipoli peninsula, provide a comprehensive report on the landings themselves, and analyze the events and decisions contributing to their failure. Appendices provide first-hand accounts of the landings from period news articles, military documents and personal correspondence.
Recent studies of the British Army during the First World War have fundamentally overturned historical understandings of its strategy and tactics, yet the chain of command that linked the upper echelons of GHQ to the soldiers in the trenches remains poorly understood. In order to reconnect the lines of communication between the General Staff and the front line, this book examines the British army’s commanders at battalion level, via four key questions: (i) How and where resources were found from the small officer corps of 1914 to cope with the requirement for commanding officers (COs) in the expanding army; (ii) What was the quality of the men who rose to command; (iii) Beyond simple overall quality, exactly what qualities were perceived as making an effective CO; and (iv) To what extent a meritocracy developed in the British army by the Armistice. Based upon a prosopographical analysis of a database over 4,000 officers who commanded infantry battalions during the war, the book tackles one of the central historiographical issues pertaining to the war: the qualities of the senior British officer. In so doing it challenges lingering popular conceptions of callous incompetence, as well more scholarly criticism that has derided the senior British officer, but has done so without a data-driven perspective. Through his thorough statistical analysis Dr Peter Hodgkinson adds a valuable new perspective to the historical debate underway regarding the nature of British officers during the extraordinary expansion of the Army between 1914 and 1918, and the remarkable, yet often forgotten, British victories of The Hundred Days.
British Archives is the foremost reference guide to archive resources in the UK. Since publication of the first edition more than ten years ago, it has established itself as an indispensable reference source for everyone who needs rapid access on archives and archive repositories in this country. Over 1200 entries provide detailed information on the nature and extent of the collection as well as the organization holding it. A typical entry includes: name of repositiony; parent organization ; address, telephone, fax, email and website; number for enquiries; days and hours of opening; access restrictions; acquisitions policy; archives of organization; major collections; non-manuscript material; finding aids; facilities; conservation; publications New to this edition: email and web address; expanded bibliography; consolidated repository and collections index
Containing over 25,000 entries, this unique volume will be absolutely indispensable for all those with an interest in Britain in the twentieth century. Accessibly arranged by theme, with helpful introductions to each chapter, a huge range of topics is covered. There is a comprehensiveindex.
Citater fra forskellige krigsdagbøger og historiebeskrivelser. - Regimentsmarch "The Hampshire", også kaldet "The Highland Piper", i nodenotation og tekst. - Vigtige tidspunkter i regimentets historie, lokaliteter for krigshandlinger, kronologisk oversigt. - Introduktion til bogen ved Brian Horrocks.
A listing of every British Army infantry battalion in the Great War with raising date, formation to which attached, campaigns, and service. 440 content pages.
This is a bibliography of books published in English between 1914 and 1987, on the First World War. There are approximately 6800 entries, indexed by author or title, listed under 350 subject headings. The subject headings range, in alphabetical order, from addresses and speeches to Zimmerman. Each entry gives bibliographical details where possible, any changes in title between United Kingdom and United States of America editions and cross-references to other relevant subject headings. For quick reference there is an index of authors and an index of subject headings. While this bibliography aims to be a reference work for the scholar and researcher, it is also intended to be for more general use.
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.
The naming of the trenches became general practice during the winter of 1914-15 and these names soon appeared on the embryonic trench maps which were produced in ever growing numbers during the later stages of the war--the British producing some 20 million large-scale maps in all. This fascinating book lists each trench name--and the names of any places, camps, localities, and installations associated with them, their significance, and how to find them with the relevant Map References.
The British soldiers who marched off to fight in World War I in 1914 wore only regimental insignia, yet by the time of the armistice in November 1918, insignia in the British Army had undergone a considerable change. Now visible was a bewildering display of coloured devices on uniforms, helmets, vehicles, guns, signboards and flags. Regimental badges remained but were joined by divisional insignia. These were rarely seen in the front line. Instead the 'battle patch' had appeared for combat use. In this beautifully illustrated book Mike Chappell looks at the colourful variety of insignia used by the British Army during the Great War.

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