A biography of General Sir Isaac Brock by Jonathon Riley
This book is the companion volume to Names in Stone 1939 - 45. It tells the stories of more than 250 men from Bradford-on-Avon and surrounding villages that fell in the first World War.
Here, compellingly told, are the stories of more than 70 men, and one woman, from Bradford-on-Avon, Holt, Monkton Farleigh, South Wraxall, Westwood, Wingfield and Winsley, who gave their lives in the Second World War.
On 25th September 1915 and in the days after, Loos was the centre of one of the most intense battles of the First World War. The casualties were appalling, about 60,000 of which the majority died on the first day. The main objective, a large scale breakthrough, was not achieved although some 8,000 yards of enemy trench were captured and, in some places, the enemy’s defences were penetrated up to 2 miles. Yet if the initial gains had been exploited the course of the war might well have been different.
The mist of poisonous gas that drifted across no man’s land from the German trenches opposite the Ypres salient on 22 April 1915 caused ghastly casualties and suffering among the unprepared defenders, and it opened up a huge seven-mile gap in the defensive line. It also signalled the beginning of a new and frightful era of industrialized warfare. John Lee’s graphic and perceptive reassessment of this milestone in the history of the Great War – and of the gruelling full-scale battle that followed – is one of the few full-length studies of the event to have been published in recent times.
The Somme Battle continues to throw a long lingering shadow over the nationâ€™s collective consciousness, for it is during this epic clash that Britainâ€™s volunteer soldiers, Kitchenerâ€™s celebrated New Army, having been born out of public patriotism, came of age: in time no city, town or village would escape the terrible repercussions of an offensive hitherto unparalleled in British history for its longevity and ferocity.
The campaigns fought by the Ottomans against the British in Palestine are often neglected in accounts of the Great War, yet they are fascinating from the point of view of military history and critically important because of their impact upon the modern Middle East. Edward Ericksonâ€™s authoritative and absorbing account of the four-year struggle for control of Palestine between 1914 and 1918 â€“ of the battles fought for Suez, Sinai, Gaza, Jordan and Syria- opens up this little-understood aspect of the global conflict and it does so in a strikingly original way, by covering the fighting from the Ottoman perspective.
Field Marshal Douglas Haig saw the fighting on the Western Front not as a series of separate battles but as one long continuous offensive. Though he repeatedly hoped that each â€śbig pushâ€ť would be the decisive one, the one that would deliver the much-heralded but elusive breakthrough, he maintained that ultimately victory would only be achieved through a long war of attrition. In this collection of despatches covering the final years of the war, Haig details every battle, large and small. He also explains his philosophy and justifies his policies. Was Haig a donkey leading lions, or a lion-hearted leader?
This is the photographic history of the British Army during its struggles at Arras, Vimy, Messines, Passchendaele and Cambrai. Featuring striking photographs from 1917, this volume brings together the most powerful images of a force under immense pressure. The highly controversial offensive in Flanders brought hugh casualties on both sides, leading it to be referred to by the Germans as â€śthe greatest martyrdom of the Warâ€ť.
A compelling account of a key battle in the 1944 Allied advance from Normandy. Assault Crossing by Ken Ford provides graphic insights into infantry fighting at the end of the Second World War.