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Flanders 1915 (Paperback)

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By Jon Cooksey
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War Books
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9781844153565
Published: 17th November 2005
Last Released: 1st August 2007

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By Christmas 1914 Britain's Regular Army had virtually ceased to exist. Four months of hard fighting had drained its manpower and the Territorial Army were called on to plug the gaps. The part-timers leapt at the chance to serve their country overseas and were soon on their way to the trenches and the harsh realities of war on the Western Front. Flanders 1915 tells the story, through rare and previously unpublished photographs and extended captions, of one of those eager Territorial battalions posted to Flanders during the first twelve months of WW1. It forms a unique and intimate record of the early years of war; many images captured on film by the private cameras of the battalion's junior officers, before official censorship was established. Above all it is a rare and outstanding portrait of the 'great adventure' of war in the days before Loos, the Somme and Passchendaele and the resulting lengthy casualty lists.

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The Daily Express

I honestly believe that this really is one book that anyone with the even the slightest interest in the Great War will appreciate, as it is includes one of the best collections of war photographs I have seen in many years.

This splendid publication tells the story, through these rare and previously unpublished pictures, of the 1/5th Battalion of the York and Lancashire Regiment (a Territorial Army unit), from the time of its mobilisation in August 1914, through to the battalion seeing action in the trenches of the Ypres Salient .

The photographer responsible for this remarkable collection was a junior officer from Sheffield, who whilst serving with the regiment during those early war years, took his camera just about everywhere with him. Thanks to his forethought in those troubled times, his legacy now provides us with a unique record of the brave "weekend soldiers" from South Yorkshire, when they were called upon to "plug the gaps" in the Regular Army, as it was experiencing severe manpower shortages due to the high degree of casualties, following four months of hard fighting.

Although this particular volume will be of special interest to family and local history researchers from the South Yorkshire area, I am sure it will also appeal to a wider range of readers too. Battlefield guides, militaria collectors and wargamers, together with students of military and photographic history plus many more, will find it interesting and an excellent source for future reference.

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BBC4 Britain in Focus

honestly believe that this really is one book that anyone with the even the slightest interest in the Great War will appreciate, as it is includes one of the best collections of war photographs I have seen in many years.

This splendid publication tells the story, through these rare and previously unpublished pictures, of the 1/5th Battalion of the York and Lancashire Regiment (a Territorial Army unit), from the time of its mobilisation in August 1914, through to the battalion seeing action in the trenches of the Ypres Salient .

The photographer responsible for this remarkable collection was a junior officer from Sheffield, who whilst serving with the Regiment during those early war years, took his camera just about everywhere with him. Thanks to his forethought in those troubled times, his legacy now provides us with a unique record of the brave “weekend soldiers” from South Yorkshire, when they were called upon to “plug the gaps” in the Regular Army, as it was experiencing severe manpower shortages due to the high degree of casualties, following four months of hard fighting.

Although this particular volume will be of special interest to family and local history researchers from the South Yorkshire area, I am sure it will also appeal to a wider range of readers too. Battlefield guides, militaria collectors and wargamers, together with students of military and photographic history plus many more, will find it interesting and an excellent source for future reference.

Roll of Honour, Michael D. Booker

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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