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Barnsley Pals (Paperback)

The 13th & 14th Battalions York & Lancaster Regiment

Regimental History WWI Somme Yorkshire and Humberside 1916 PALS Barnsley

By Jon Cooksey
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781473891982
Published: 26th May 2016



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The "Pals" battalions were a phenomenon of the Great War, never repeated since. Under Lord Derby's scheme, and in response to Kitchener's famous call for a million volunteers, local communities raised (and initially often paid for) entire battalions for service on the Western Front. Their experience was all too frequently tragic, as men who had known each other all their lives, had worked, volunteered, and trained together, and had shipped to France together, encountered the first full fury of modern battle on the Somme in July 1916. Many of the Pals battalions would not long survive that first brutal baptism, but their spirit and fighting qualities have gone down into history - these were, truly, the cream of Britain's young men, and every single one of them was a volunteer. Barnsley Pals, the first of the highly successful "Pals" series is now released in paperback in the 100th anniversary year of the Battle of the Somme.

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Barnsley Chronicle, 9th November 2018

This book is immensely detailed on the Battalions activities, and is hugely name-rich.

Kent Family History Society

A superbly researched work with many personal experiences of survivors, fascinating, contemporary photos and exceptionally fine maps.

Wartime Memories Project

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Barnsley Chronicle

This work is a fitting tribute to Kitchener's Barnsley volunteers.

Paul Nixon, Amazon Reviewer

...an excellent book

Around Town- Barnsley

About Jon Cooksey

JON COOKSEY is a leading military historian who takes a special interest in the history of the world wars and the Falklands War. He is the former editor of Battlefields Review and the current editor of Stand To!, and his articles have appeared in many of the foremost military magazines and in national newspapers. As an experienced battlefield guide, he regularly leads tours to the battlefields of both world wars as well as the Falkland Islands. His TV and radio appearances include the Channel 5 programme on the 1914 Christmas Truce and and Great War soldier Ronald Poulton Palmer and Gallipoli Victoria Cross winner Frederick Potts for the BBC. His books include The Barnsley Pals, Flanders 1915, Calais: A Fight to the Finish and 3 Para Mount Longdon – The Bloodiest Battle.

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