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Last Stand At Zandvoorde 1914 (ePub)

Lord Hugh Grosvenor’s Noble Sacrifice

Military WWI > Battles & Campaigns > Ypres WWI > By Year > 1914

By Mike McBride
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 49.3 MB (.epub)
Pages: 234
Illustrations: 100
ISBN: 9781473891593
Published: 21st November 2016


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Being the son of the Duke of Westminster, whose family traces its lineage back to 1066, Lord Hugh Grosvenor was destined to become a cavalry officer in the prestigious 1st Regiment of Life Guards.

Using unpublished letters home and contemporary accounts Noble Sacrifice describes Lord Hugh’s embarkation for France and the early mounted encounters which halted the enemy onslaught against the ‘contemptible little army’. These led to the stalemate of trench warfare and found Lord Hugh and his Squadron holding out at Zandvoorde during the First Battle of Ypres 1914 and being annihilated by superior numbers of enemy forces in some of the most desperate fighting of the First World War. Due to the advances in military hardware, the war for Lord Hugh and his comrades marked a turning point in cavalry tactics.

As well as being a dramatic account of Lord Hugh Grosvenor’s last stand, Noble Sacrifice is a very personal story of courage and self-sacrifice. This heroic yet tragic story has a mysterious twist. The bodies of Lord Hugh and his 100 soldiers were never found - it was as if they had never existed.

As featured in

Stand To! Western Front Assc No.110

As featured in

Cheshire Life Magazine

Mike McBride has done an excellent job in researching his book Last Stand At Zandvoorde 1914, since he had very little to go on; detailed accounts of the battle are patchy, and there were tragically few survivors. He begins the book with a useful background, painting a vivid picture of the events that led up to the fighting in late October 1914.

Guards magazine, Winter 2016/17 - reviewed by Colonel W S G Doughty

This is a dramatic story and merited a dramatic account by the author, of one of the example actions at Zandvoorde. It shows how the cavalry
tactics reached a turning point in the face of new weapons technology. It is a very personal story of courage and self-sacrifice that is a
beacon in history.

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WW1 is very much a popular subject for books as we go through these 100th anniversary years and this one makes for some more interesting reading. This one pieces together the story of Lord Hugh Grosvenor, an officer who lost his life along with about 100 of his men in the first year of the war...

I found it a good insight to the early stages of the war, and a fitting memorial to the unit as a whole, men who remain 'missing' to this day.

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Military Modelling, Robin Buckland
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About Mike McBride

Mike McBride was a trooper in the Queen’s Own Yeomanry and worked for the Ministry of Defence before joining the Cheshire Constabulary where he served a full career. He also trained the protective services of Trinidad and Tobago. Retiring in 2011, he is now an asset protection manager in the security world.
Mike’s published books include Street Survival Skills, Crime Patrol, UK Police Guide (published by Pen and Sword Books), European Police Firearms and he was editor of IHS Jane’s Police and Homeland Security Equipment for more than a decade. He has chaired numerous international conferences on Border Security, Less-Lethal Weapons and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear weapons.

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