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.
This hardback book takes you through Churchill’s war in pictures.
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.
Exploring the role of The Green Howards during the Crimean War.
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.
The battle and retreat from Kabul 1841-24 was one of the most complete British military disasters of all time, witnessing the brutal massacre of thousands of British and allied men, women and children.
Packed with fact boxes this short introduction is the perfect way to explore this crucial battle.
The siege of Mafeking remains one of the most renowned actions of the second Boer War, with the British Army defeating a Boer force of up to 8,000 men with barely 1,500 troops. In a siege that lasted 217 days, Robert Baden-Powell and his troops withheld attack from the Boers against all the odds and Mafeking was finally relieved on 17th May 1900. It caused much public excitement in Victorian Britain with Baden-Powell emerging as a national hero.
The Battle of Omdurman was a superb example of tactics in warfare and technological supremacy, in which a vastly outnumbered British force overran the Madhist army and cemented the dominance of the Empire.
This is the story of one of the most pitiless and iconic battles of the First World War, known today as Third Ypres. Fought over three tortuous months in 1917. the fighting raged through some of the worst physical conditions of the entire war, across battlefields collapsing into endless mud and blood. Eventually, more than 500,000 casualties bought front line changes measured in only hundreds of yards. If you truly want to understand what happened and why this is a must read.
Small but perfectly formed sparkly poppy brooch with leaf. 2.5cm diameter.
Single poppy brooch, 4.5cm diameter in a presentation gift box.
The British soldier in the first World War, this book pays tribute to the real life soldier of the Great War from the moment of joining up to their final homecoming. Using original artefacts in historic settings, the men and their words are brought to life. The uniforms they wore, the equipment they carried, the letters they wrote home, their personal possessions, mementos and photographs come together in a powerful tribute to the indomitable Tommy.