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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.
When Allah made Hell, runs the Arab proverb, he did not find it bad enough, so he made Mesopotamia—and added flies. What was a British Army doing in this Godforsaken place and how had it all come about? A.J. Barker’s masterful retelling of the story of Britain’s first Iraq war in 1914 is a masterpiece of military history that provides many answers to the endless problems and realities encountered in Iraq since 2003. Prestige and power played a major role then as they still do today. If the British were dislodged from the Shatt-al-Arab, the effects would undoubtedly have reverberated throughout the whole of the Eastern world.
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.
This ground-breaking book by Peter Chasseaud the distinguished historian of the First World War, is the first-ever study of trench names of the Western Front and also provides a gazetteer of over 10,000 trench names, complete with map references. Looked at from the point of view of the contemporary military givers and users of the names, and from a modern cultural-studies angle, the names reveal the full horror of trench warfare as well as throwing an extraordinary sidelight on the cultural life of the period and the landscape and battles of the Western Front.
An annual biographical dictionary, with which is incorporated "Men and women of the time."
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.
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