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Marden, A Short History of the 6th Division: August 1914 - March 1919. A Short History of the 6th Division: August 1914 – March 1919. First published in 1920. Uckfield, The Naval & Military Press, 2003. 14 cm x 21,5 cm. 120 pages. With a full colour map. Original Softcover. Excellent, close to new condition. Reprint of original 1920 publication.

The record of a cavalry brigade which served on the Western front for four years and took part in many actions. No roll of honour but officer casualties named in the text, no list of awards, no index.The 6th Cavalry Brigade (6 Cav Bde) began to form in England on 19 September 1914, part of the new 3rd Cavalry Division. The first two regiments to join were the 1st R Dragoons (1D) and 10th R Hussars (10H), both from S Africa where they were stationed when war broke out, and they constituted the brigade when it embarked for France during the first week in October 1914. The following month they were joined by 3rd Dragoon Guards (3DG) and ten days later by the North Somerset Yeomanry (N Som Yeo). After about a week 10H were transferred to 8th Cavalry Brigade in the same division, and from then for over three years 3DG, 1D and N Som Yeo constituted 6 Cav Bde. In March 1918, shortly before the German offensive N Som Yeo were withdrawn and converted to a MG role; they were replaced by 10H. The brigade saw a great deal of fighting both mounted and dismounted – First and Second Ypres, Loos, Arras, Epehy, the March offensive in which heavy casualties resulted in the N Som Yeo being returned to the brigade, back in the mounted role, as reinforcements. The regiment was broken up and personnel distributed among the other regiments in the brigade which took part in the the advance to victory, the Hindenburg Line fighting and the final advance. In his introduction the author states that the book is a simple, unvarnished narrative of the chief events in the history of the brigade, a record that does not include personal anecdotes such as may be seen in regimental histories. Although there is no Roll of Honour nor list of awards, the narrative has plenty of references to casualties (officers named), postings in and out, apointments to the staff and changes in command but no mention of awards or decorations other than the one VC, a posthumous award to 2Lt J.S Dunville,1D, for which the citation is given in full. The five photos are portraits of the five brigade commanders; the maps are very clear and informative. (Publisher).

Keywords: 6th Division, Irish Military History, World War I

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Record of the 5th (Service) Battalion: The Connaught Rangers from 19th August 1914 to 17th January, 1916 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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Burrows, The 1st Battalion in the Great War. The Faugh-A-Ballaghs. Burrows, A.R. The 1st Battalion in the Great War. The Faugh-A-Ballaghs. First published in 1925. Uckfield, The Naval & Military Press, 2003. 19 cm x 25 cm. 182 pages. Original Softcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Reprint of original 1925 publication.

The story of the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Fusiliers in the Great War – a rare one volume history of a single battalion.“Faugh-a-Ballagh” (Clear the Way) was the motto of the Royal Irish Fusiliers and the regiment was known as ‘The Fogs’ or the ‘Faugh-a-Ballaghs’; its depot was in Armagh, Northern Ireland. This is a rare history, not only because today it is rarely seen and hard to come by, but also because there are very few single volume Great War histories devoted to just the one (regular) battalion, and this is such a history – the story of the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Fusiliers. In his War Books Cyril Falls comments: “This is how the history of units in the Great War should be written, if units can afford it,” At the outbreak of war the 1st Battalion was in Shorncliffe, part of 10th Brigade, 4th Division and it went to France with the division in August 1914, arriving just in time to fight the Battle of Le Cateau on the 26th. The battalion fought on the Western Front for the rest of the war, transferring to the 36th (Ulster) Division in August 1917, and remaining with that division till the armistice. The narrative concludes in 1922 when the 1st and 2nd Battalions were amalgamated. This is a very good history, supported by good, clear maps and interesting contemporary photos, and there is plenty of detail which would hardly have been possible in a multi-battalion history. The author has arranged the narrative on a year by year basis with a chapter to each year and the actions, battles and other events taking place in each year arranged chronologically. Appendices include the nominal roll of officers who served with the battalion in the field between 23rd August 1914 and 11th November 1918, showing the approximate dates of joining, distinguishing those of the original battalion and identifying the dead and wounded. Of the 269 officers who served 69 gave their lives, or 1 in 4. The other ranks roll of honour is taken from “Soldiers Died”. The list of honours and awards, headed by the VC won by Pte R.Morrow, gives citations for that VC and for the awards of the DSO and DCM, in alphabetical order with the London Gazette date; all the other awards are listed by name only, mention in despatches are not included though foreign decorations are. A very informative appendix on strength figures shows that 7,601 warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and men served with the battalion and of these 1,051 died. (Publisher).

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

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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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Gillon, The Story of the 29th Division. A Record of Gallant Deeds. Gillon, Captain Stair. The Story of the 29th Division. A Record of Gallant Deeds. First published in 1925. Uckfield, The Naval & Military Press, 2009. 14 cm x 22 cm. XII, 277 pages. With several black-and-white photographs. Original Softcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Reprint of original 1925 publication.

Includes for example the following essays: The Birth of the Division / The 28th June. The Battle of Gully Ravine / Scimitar Hill / The Battle of the Somme / Monchy-le-Preux / The Battles of Ypres, 1917 / Winter at Passchendaele / The Battle of Cambrai etc etc.

The ‘Incomparable 29th” was the last regular division to be formed and the only one to fight at Gallipoli. Came to France in March 1916, fought on the Somme, Arras and Cambrai. Twenty-seven VCs, all citations given. Chronology of the divison’s movements. One of the elite divisionsThe 29th Division was the last of the regular divisions to be formed after the outbreak of war from battalions serving overseas. They came from India, Burma, China and Mauritius but only eleven regular battalions were available, so the 5th R Scots, a territorial battalion, was selected to make up the twelve. One of the artillery brigades and the divisional troops were also provided by the territorials, so although reckoned as a regular division it was in reality something of a mixture. Originally intended for the Western front, the division’s destination was changed to Gallipoli, the only regular divison to serve there. It became known as the ‘Incomparable 29th’ and was to win more VCs than any other division, twenty-seven in all. The 29th fought right through the Gallipoli campaign from the initial landings on 25th April 1915 when six VCs were awarded to 1st Lancashire Fusiliers (the so-called ‘Six VCs Before Breakfast’), until finally taken off in January 1916. After a brief stopover in Egypt the division sailed for France in March 1916 and took over the Beaumont Hamel sector on the Somme front. It was here that the division attacked on 1 July incurring a loss of 5,240 casualties on that day, and its memorial can now be seen at the entrance to the Newfoundland Memorial Park. The division took part in the Arras offensive in April 1917 and later that year in the Third Ypres offensive. In November 1917 it was at Cambrai in the first mass tank attack and in the subsequent German counter-attack. The Cambrai fighting cost the division 4,400 casualties. The principal contributors to this book are the three divisional commanders and the first GSO1, the senior staff officer, but these are supplemented by eyewitness accounts and official reports from other sources. Although the main aim of the book has been to give an accurate and intelligible account of the battles in which the 29th Division fought (and in this it has been extremely successful), gallant deeds and other incidents in and out of the line have not been overlooked. Appendices provide full citations of all the VCs and a most useful chronology of the division’s movements, including periods spent in the trenches. The maps are clear though in some cases they lack tactical detail. This is a good history, a record of gallant deeds of a division regarded as one of the elite. It formed part of the Rhine Army and in March 1919 it was renamed the Southern Division. (Publisher).

Keywords: British Army, Irish Military History, World War I

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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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Lloyd, The London Scottish in the Great War. Lloyd, Mark. The London Scottish in the Great War. Barnsley Leo Cooper, 2001. 17 cm x 24 cm. 256 pages. Original Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear.

Includes for example the following essays: The Road to Messines / With Green’s Force at Loos / With the 56th Division on the Somme / The Battles of Cambrai and Arras / The Second Batallion Early Days etc.

For many years the London Scottish Rifle Volunteers was largely a social organization for professionals of Scottish ancestry resident in London. Soldiering began in grim earnest in 1914, when the London Scottish were among the first volunteers to come to the aid of the beleaguered British army in France and Belgium. The regiment marched off to war in its famous “Hodden” grey kilts, a traditional color that appeared almost a purple against the Scottish heather but appeared close to khaki against the mud of the trenches for the four years to come.
A second battalion of London Scottish was eventually raised, and served in Palestine and the Balkans. The exploits of the London Scottish are well-known, but this work attempts to portray the unit at a deeper level. These volunteers were articulate professionals and left behind numerous journals and diaries, many never before published, which convey their true feelings and aspirations. The regiment left behind a unusually large number of photographs and drawings, many of which also appear here for the first time. (Amazon).

Keywords: Irish Military History, World War I

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