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This book will obviously have greater appeal in the north west and amongst those who can count Manchester servicemen in their family trees, but it also stands on its own as a nicely drawn vignette of one of Britain's foremost industrial cities during the First World War. I did not know for instance, that by July 1918 there were 2400 Manchester Regiment PoWs in Germany who were dependent on the War Comforts Committee and its fundraising efforts. Recommended.

Paul Nixon

As seen in the Stourbridge News.

Stourbridge News

As seen in The Cumberland News.

The Cumberland News

The hours of research that writer Trevor Frecknall must have put into producing 'Newark in the Great War' is clear for all to see. This book is packed full of stories – most of them harrowing, all of them heroic – of local soldiers serving on the front line. The horrors of the time are hammered home with page after page paying tribute to the fallen, although it was also nice to find out what happened to those who survived. For a comprehensive look at Newark's great war effort, this book will be hard to beat.

Newark Advertiser

Formed from members of Free Forces who had escaped from German occupation, 10 (Inter-Allied) Commando was one of the most unusual units in WW2. All members had to pass the Green Beret commando course at Achnacarry in Scotland and the book begins by describing this training. With no less than six national troops, plus X Troop drawn from exiled Jews, 10 Commando never fought as an entity but loaned troops for specific operations, such as One Troop (French) taking part in the Dieppe Raid, 2 Troop (Dutch) fighting at Arnhem, 5 Troop (Norwegian) raiding the Lofoten Islands etc. At other times groups played a key intelligence role questioning POWs, translating captured documents, conducting reconnaissance patrols and intelligence gathering on the D-Day beaches.

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