The story of two remarkable men of the Yorkshire Regiment, both winners of the Victoria Cross, Second-Lieutenant Donald Bell and Captain Archie White.
By Richard Leake
Family historian Keith Gregson explores the human stories behind the history of the war, from the heart warming to the tear jerking.
Full of research tips and useful background information this book will fascinate anyone with an interest in the First World War and help them to find out more about their ancestors who participated in one of the most troubled conflicts in the history of mankind.
Cambrai 1917 was the battle that sowed the seeds of future combined-arms tank and infantry warfare, while remaining a battle of singular drama in its own right.
6 June 1944 is one of the most memorable dates of the Second World War. It marked the beginning of the end of the conflict as Allied forces invaded Normandy and fought their way into Nazi-occupied Europe. the Author brings together remarkable tales of bravery, survival and sacrifice from what was one of the wars most dramatic and pivotal episodes.
An exclusive biography of D-Days only VC winner, Green Howard Company Sergeant Major Stanley Hollis, was, uniquely, twice recommended for this coveted award on 6th June 1944. A tough Teesside, working class rebel, Hollis was no model soldier, earlier in the war he was forever being busted for various misdemeanours.
However, few soldiers saw more close-quarter action than Stanley Hollis, who killed over 100 enemy soldiers in combat during the Second World War, serving at Dunkirk, in the Western Desert and in Sicily. It was on D-Day that Hollis created history with his inimitable brand of raw courage, being involved in two blistering VC actions. On Gold Beach he single-handedly stormed a hidden German pillbox, saving his company from certain destruction. Later that day, he saved the lives of two more comrades, trapped by heavy enemy gunfire. He was undoubtedly a D-Day hero.
One of the most resounding Allied defeats of the First World War with both the Allied and Ottoman armies suffering in excess of 200,000 casualties.
Raised in 1688 as “Colonel Lutrells Regiment of Foot” in response to the supplanting of King James 11 by William Of Orange, there began three centuries of service to the nation with the Regiment becoming one of the finest in the British Army. Created initially in response to a call for loyal troops, the Green Howards have continued to maintain their tradition of loyalty in many campaigns to win superb battle honours, and hence the narrative reflects the British Army in some of its finest episodes: participation in the French Wars of 1697-1793, the American War of Independence, Crimean War, First and Second World Wars and continuing with service in Suez, Malaya, Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo, and most recently in Afghanistan, gives the Green Howards an enviable military record.
Selected from the work of soldiers killed in action, starting with Rupert Brooke in 1915 and ending with the tragic loss of Wilfred Owen seven days before the Armistice. The poems capture a broad range of emotions, contemplations and states of mind, ranging from anthems about the brutality of war to wistful evocations of home and loved ones left behind.
Accompanied by colour plates of contemporary paintings and sketches, the collection showcases some of the best poetry emerge from the conflict and stands as a worthy memorial to the talent and sacrifice of those who gave their lives.