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Record of the 5th (Service) Battalion: The Connaught Rangers from 19th August 19 Anonymous. Record of the 5th (Service) Battalion: The Connaught Rangers from 19th August 1914 to 17th January, 1916 First published in 1916. Uckfield, The Naval & Military Press, 2002. 15,5 cm x 23,5 cm. 230 pages. Original Softcover. Excellent, close to new condition. Reprint of original 1916 publication.

The Battalion’s story from formation in Ireland to active service at Gallipoli and in the Macedonian theatre in 1915The 5th Connaught Rangers began life in Galway, the regimental Depot, on the west coast of Ireland but soon moved to Dublin where the drafts to make up the battalion began to arrive. The battalion officially came into existence as the 5th Battalion on 19 August 1914 under the command of Lt Col H.F.N. Jourdain who remained in command throughout the period covered in this book. The first chapter describes the build-up in great detail, giving the names of every officer and the date of arrival, and the dates of arrival of each draft and its strength. The battalion was allocated to 29th Brigade, 10th (Irish) Division, the first Irish division in the history of the British Army, composed of battalions of all the Irish line regiments. After preliminary training in Ireland the division moved to England in May 1915, concentrating in the Basingstoke area and in July it embarked for Gallipoli. The battalion, with 29th Brigade, landed at Anzac Cove on the morning of 6th August, attached to the Anzac Corps, and thereafter took part in several actions, Lone Pine, Chunak Bair and the attack on Hill 60 (27th-29th August) which involved severe, hand-to-hand fighting. At the end of September the 10th Division was withdrawn prior to transfer to the Macedonian front. The battalion left Gallipoli on 29th September some seven weeks after landing, during that period it incurred 684 casualties (220 dead) out of an original embarkation strength of 975. On 10th October 1915 the battalion arrived at Salonika and about a month later the division advanced into Serbia and Bulgaria. Operations were conducted in rugged, inhospitable country, in freezing cold (on one occasion even the greatcoats were frozen stiff) and against a tough enemy. Fighting was particularly savage at Kosturino which cost the battalion well over 500 casualties – nearly 150 invalided with frost-bite. By the end of the year the division had fallen back to Salonika. This is a very detailed record of the battalion’s activities with frequent strength states, casualty lists with officers named as well as names of those joining. A table at the end of the book summarises the casualties from July 1915 to January 1916, they total 1,219. (Publisher).

Keywords: Connaught Rangers, Irish Military History

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Bond, 'Look To Your Front': Studies in The First World War. Bond, Brian / and others. ‘Look To Your Front’: Studies in The First World War. By the British Commission for Military History. Staplehurst, Spellmount Limited, 1999. 15cm x 23cm. VII, 183 pages. Original Softcover. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear.

Includes for example the following essays: Liddell Hart and the First World War / The Transportation Mission to GHQ 1916 / Capital Courts-Martial during the Great War / Britain, France and the Belgian Army / Chemical Warfare in the First World War etc.

Keywords: Military History, World War I, World War One

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D'Arcy, Remembering the War Dead: D’Arcy, Fergus. Remembering the War Dead: “British Commonwealth and International War Graves in Ireland since 1914”. Dublin, Stationery Office, 2007. Folio. VIII, 457 pages. Original Softcover. Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear.

Includes for example: Wages of War – Ireland 1914-1921 / The Military Cemeteries – 1914 – 1928 / The Imperial War Graves Commission 1917-1923 / Exectution – Repatriation 1920 – 1924 / Approaching the Free State 1923 – 1924 / Offer and Counter – Offer 1924 – 1926 / Clearing the Decks 1926 – 1928 / Commencing the Work 1929 – 1935 / Construction 1929 – 1935 / Obstruction 1931 – 1937 / Glasnevin: A Special Case 1922 – 1937 / Islandbridge – The Irish National War Memorial 1919 – 1939 / The Onset of the Second World War 1937 – 1941 / From Arandora Star to Mashona – The Atlantic War Dead 1939 – 1941 / German War Dead 1939 – 1945 / British and Irish War Dead 1939 – 1947 / Commonwealth and Other War Dead 1939 – 1947 / The German War Dead Cemetery – Glencree 1952 – 1964 / Isolation – Exhumation 1930 – 1960 / War Grave Sites mentioned in the text indicated by Region – etc.

Keywords: Irish Military History, World War I, World War II , World War One, World War Two

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Dodd, Lieutenant Colonel R.G.B. Jeffreys. Dodd, Conor & Liam (Editors). Lieutenant Colonel R.G.B. Jeffreys. 2nd Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Collected Letters 1916-1918. Ireland, Old Tough Publications, 2007. 14,5 cm x 20,5 cm. 83 pages. Original Softcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Frontcover slightly dogeared to bottom.

The letters of Lieutenant Colonel R.G.B. Jeffreys are a rare and important primary source. This book contains the First World War experiences of an officer of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Few accounts such as this were written by men of the regiment and even fewer have survived. Although the letters must be looked at objectively and with an understanding that they are from the point of view of an upper class officer, they do give an excellent insight not only into the major battles of the Great War, which tends to be the focus of most publications, but also everyday life in the trenches and billets of the Western Front. These letters written to his wife during his period at the front between 1916 and 1918 have much information contained within them, that will give a better understanding of not only the Royal Dublin Fusiliers in the Great War but also of most other regiments which were involved in the conflict. With the passing of Great War veterans, it is important that accounts such as this are preserved, as these are the only way in which the history of the war can be told properly through the words of the men who were there and experienced the futility of war. It is for these reasons that this diary is being published, not only for aiding historians and family researchers of the Great War but also for those who simply wish to gain a better understanding and insight into this important period. (Editors).

Keywords: Irish Military History, Royal Dublin Fusiliers

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Doherty, Helmand Mission - With The Royal Irish Battlegroup in Afghanistan, 2008 Doherty, Richard. Helmand Mission – With The Royal Irish Battlegroup in Afghanistan, 2008. Barnsley, Pen & Sword, 2009. 17.5 cm x 23.5 cm. 175 pages. Original Hardcover, with original dustjacket. Excellent condition, like new.

Includes for example the following essays: Destination Helmand, Ranger Company at Sangin, A Long Hot Summer, Maintaining Pressure, and The Road We Have Travelled. The appendices include a list of Operational Honours and Awards of Irish Regiments.

Keywords: Irish Military History

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Falls, The History of the 36th (Ulster) Division. Falls, Cyril. The History of the 36th (Ulster) Division. London, Constable and Company Ltd., 1998. 14 cm x 21.5 cm. XIX, 359 pages. With six illustrations. Original softcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Slight spotting on edge of pages and several inside pages. Otherwise clean inside with solid binding.

Includes the following: The Raising annd Training of the Division: September 1914 toSeptember 1915 / The Division in France: October 1915 to June 1916 / The Battle of the Somme: July 1st, 1916 / From the Somme to Messines: July 1916 to June 1917 / Messines: June 1917 / The Battle of Langemarck: August 1917 / Ypres to Cambrai: September to November 1917 / Cambrai and After(I): November 20th to 22nd, 1917 / Cambrai and After (II): November 23rd to December 31st, 1917 / The German Offensive on the Somme (I): January to March 22nd, 1918 / Flanders: The 108th Brigade in the Messines-Kemmel Battle: April to June 1918 / Back to the Messines Ridge: July to September, 1918 / The Advance to Final Victory (I): September 28th to October 17th, 1918 / The End: November 1918 to June 1919 / Order of Battle / List of Honours and Awards etc.

″There have been many chronicles of the First World War, but Cyril Falls’ history of the 36th (Ulster Division – raised in 1914, prime movers in the battle of the Somme, at Messines, at Cambrai, at Ypres and Courtrai, disbanded in 1919 – must have a special place. Falls himself was a Captain in the Division and, writing only four years after the end of the war, was able to draw on hundreds of first-hand accounts by fellow-officers and men. First published in 1922 his History of the 36th is both a labour of love and the work of a keen historical intelligence. Much more than a mere record of battles, it is a complete account of life at war and how the Division found ways to survive ‘one of the greatest and most curious catastrophes the world has known.” (Publisher)

Keywords: 20th century, Irish Military History, Military History, Ulster, World War Two

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Fox, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in the World War. Fox, Sir Frank. The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in the World War. First Published in 1928. Uckfield, The Naval & Military Press, 2009. 14 cm x 22 cm. XIV, 318 pages. Original Softcover. Excellent, close to new condition. Reprint of original 1928 publication.

Includes for example the following chapters: The Development of the Campaing / Le Cateau / The Somme / The Battles of the Heights / Cambrai / St. Quentin / Gallipoli / Salonika etc etc.

Keywords: Irish Military History, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, World War I

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Gillon, The Story of the 29th Division - A Record of Gallant Deeds. Gillon, Stair [Captain]. The Story of the 29th Division – A Record of Gallant Deeds. Uckfield, Naval & Military Press Ltd., 2009. 14 cm x 22 cm. XV, 276 pages. Original Softcover. Excellent condition.

Includes for example the following essays: The Birth of the Division, The Landing, The Evacuations, The Battle of the Somme, The Battle of Ypres, The Battle of Cambrai, Winter at Passchendaele, and The Last Battle of Ypres. Appendices include the Roll of Victoria Crosses Won, and The Song of the 29th Division.

Keywords: Military History, World War I, World War One

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Belfast Boys - How Unionists and Nationalists Fought and Died Together in the Fi Grayson, Richard S. Belfast Boys – How Unionists and Nationalists Fought and Died Together in the First World War. London & New York, Continuum, 2009. 16 cm x 24 cm. XVII, 254 pages. Original Hardcover with original dustjacket. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear.

Includes for example the following essays: Civil War?, Volunteers and Reserves, The Nature of War, Gallipolli and the Eastern Front, Arrivals and Executions, The Ulster Division on the Somme, Peace and Partition, and Remembrance.

Keywords: Military History, World War I, World War One

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Harris, The Footballer of Loos. Harris, Ed. The Footballer of Loos. A Story of the 1st Batallion London Irish Rifles in the First World War. Gloucestershire, The History Press, 2009. 15,5 cm x 23 cm. 129 pages. With many black-and-white illustrations throughout the book. Original Softcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear.

Includes for example the following essays: Sport and War / Frank Edwards, Volunteer / Man of Loos / The Irish Question / Press and Propaganda etc.

The Germans fighting on two fronts were concentrating in the east where the Russians were weakening. In the west, the Allied effort was met with well prepared German defences, and efforts to open a new front on the Gallipoli Peninsula had foundered. Decisive action to break the deadlock on the Western Front saw a mighty attack of six British divisions planned for the autumn of 1915 in the vicinity of the small mining community of Loos en Gohelle where ‘The Big Push’ would begin. The bitter recriminations that followed the perceived failure reduced the Battle of Loos to a footnote in the history of the Great War for many decades. Entirely lost in translation has been the Boys’ Own tale of the Tommy who kicked a football ahead of the charge. That soldier was identified as Rifleman Frank Edwards, and through his original research, Ed Harris clearly establishes for the first time that the first great attack by the British army was begun when Edwards kicked a football towards the German lines. Harris sheds light on what it was like to be a part of this crucial battle and questions the largely held view that Loos was a failure, using material sourced from a wide variety of sources form the Imperial War Museum to the National Football Museum. (Amazon).

Keywords: 1st Batallion, Irish Military History, World War I

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