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The Welsh at War (Hardback)

From Mons to Loos and the Gallipoli Tragedy

Military > Regimental History WWI > Battles & Campaigns > Gallipoli WWI > Battles & Campaigns > Loos WWI > Battles & Campaigns > Mons WWI > By Year > 1914 WWI > By Year > 1915 WWI > By Year > 1916 WWI > By Year > 1917 WWI > By Year > 1918 World History > UK & Ireland > Wales

By Steven John
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 336
Illustrations: 100
ISBN: 9781473832091
Published: 5th February 2018



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Welsh at War – From Mons to Loos and the Gallipoli Tragedy is the culmination of twelve years of painstaking research by the author into the the Welsh men and infantry units who fought in the Great War.

These units included the four regular regiments the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, South Wales Borderers Welsh Regiment and Welsh Guards as well as the Territorial Monmouthshire Regiment, the Yeomanry regiments, the Denbighshire Hussars, Pembroke Yeomanry, Montgomeryshire Yeomanry, Glamorgan Yeomanry and Welsh Horse Yeomanry and their amalgamation into service battalions for the regular regiments during 1917.

Welsh troops fought with great courage in every theatre of the war the Western Front, Aden, China, Gallipoli, Egypt, India, Italy, Salonika and in Palestine and as well as the casualties who were suffered during these campaigns, many men gained recognition for acts of gallantry.

The book covers all of the major actions and incidents in which each of the Welsh infantry regiments took part from the opening of the war in 1914 until the end of 1915, as well as stories of Welsh airmen, Welshmen shot at dawn, Welsh rugby players who fell, Welsh gallantry winners and the Welshmen who died in non-Welsh units, such as the Dominion forces and other units of the British Armed Forces.

While chronicling a history of the war through the events and battles that Welshmen took part in, the stories of individual casualties are included throughout, together with many compelling photographs of the men and their last resting places.

These three books, a tribute to the Welsh contribution to the Great War, are the result of a ten year labour of love by the author Steven John.

A fitting tribute to the part that Wales played during 1914-1918. The Welsh at War is highly recommended and especially for those with Welsh blood or connections.

Stand To! Journal of the Western Front Association

The culmination of over twelve years painstaking research into the Welsh men and infantry units who fought in the Great War, over 272,000 served among these the author’s great grandfather, Private David Thomas John 4th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force (4th AIF), while around 49,000 lost their lives. In the author’s own words he aims ‘to tell as many stories as possible that illustrate the heroic efforts of some of our Welsh forefathers during the epic conflict, to commemorate the actions fought by Welsh units and to highlight major battlefields soaked with Welsh blood and sweat.’ An outstanding trilogy and a must have for anyone with a special interest in Wales and the Welsh contribution during the First World War.

Military Historical Society

You certainly get a sense of atmosphere in what is effectively a eulogy to the grit and determination of some fine Welsh regiments.

Miniature Wargames, August 2018 - reviewed by Chris Jarvis

Splendid detail throughout and another must for one's Gallipoli library.

The Gallipolian

Splendid detail throughout and another must for one's Gallipoli library.

The Gallipolian

Excellent account. 10/10

The Great War magazine, May 2018

Throughout the book there are some fantastic maps and pictures, which help to bring this book to life and are an important addition. With some excellent commentary on the various battles throughout the book, helps to show the depth of knowledge and research that has gone in to this excellent book.

This is an excellent book for all those interested in the history of the First World War.

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