This book will suit those for whom an overview of this regiment's traditions is all they seek. For others, it could provide a useful springboard into more collections and archives. First published by Arms & Armour Press in 1992, revised and enlarged by Leo Cooper in 2002, and now re-printed in 2015 by Pen & Sword, this is not a new publication by any means, but it is a useful one to have within arms' reach in a military library. The Green Howards title, not officially adopted until 1920, has its origins in 18th eighteenth century when there were two Colonel Howards commanding two very distinct regiments. Lieutenant General Thomas Howard was commanding the more senior of the two regiments (later to become the 3rd Regiment of Foot) whilst Colonel Charles Howard commanded what would become the 19th Foot. In order to distinguish the two regiments apart, Thomas Howard's men adopted buff-coloured facings (and would eventually be known as "The Buffs") whilst Charles Howard's men adopted green.. Read more
Amazon Review - Paul Nixon
A superb pictorial history of the Irish Guards which begins with the regiment's formation in 1900 and brings the reader right up to the present day. I would have liked to have seen sources cited on more of the illustrations and photos, and it is unfortunate that the date of the regiment's first presentation of the colours is given as May 2002 rather than May 1902. However, these are minor quibbles and there is much to recommend this book, including useful appendices that detail everything over the years from gallantry awards and the evolving Colours to names of colonels and senior NCOs. This will be a very distracting coffee-table book as well as a quick and easy source of reference. I've only just started dipping into my copy but it's going to sit very comfortably with my other Guards regimental histories and I know it's going to be useful. Grenadiers, Coldstreams and Scots, take note.
Army Ancestry Research - Paul Nixon
Michael Stedman has researched one of the most interesting books on the Pals battalions, that of the Salford Pals, who were part of the Lancashire Fusiliers. Today when you mention Salford, people automatically think of it as a borough of Manchester, but Salford has been a city a lot longer than its neighbour. Salford has always been a tough City of working men and women that have inspired writers across the generations. The Manchester Ship Canal ran from the Mersey to Salford Docks, where it would supply Manchester and the whole of East Lancashire with textiles, engineering materials, coal and many others products required by industry. This was part of the recruiting ground for the Salford Pals Battalions, from the docks to every street, and town hall within the borough. With pictures of the old Salford, one is given an idea of what Salford was like in 1914, there were no romantic visions of a city, just people proud of their city and their country. The book guides you through the training.. Read more
Amazon Reviewer - Paul Diggett