Khaki Jack: The Royal Naval Division in the First World War

Khaki Jack: The Royal Naval Division in the First World War

by E. C. Coleman


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Many thousands of Royal Naval seamen and Royal Marines fought in the trenches of the Great War alongside soldiers from across the Empire. Their graves may be found around Antwerp, on the Gallipoli peninsula, and all along the Western Front. The seamen and marines, supported by Army battalions, fought at Anzac Cove, on the Somme, and at Passchendale. They suffered giant siege mortars whilst delaying the enemy in Belgium, flies and the stench of widespread carnage on Turkish shores, and gas attacks whilst sheltering in flooded shell-holes on the Western Front. At the armistice, the Royal Naval Division had suffered 46,794 casualties, of whom 10,797 lost their lives. At the same time, the Division earned many decorations for gallantry, including eight Victoria Crosses. The Germans regarded the Royal Naval Division as 'one of the four most famous fighting Divisions of the British Army. From the rout on the Western Front in 1914 to Gallipoli and the Zeebrugge raid, E.C. Coleman tells the history of the RND.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781445604695
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Publication date: 06/02/2014
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

E. C. Coleman served in the Royal Navy for 36 years, which included time on an aircraft carrier, a submarine, and Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory. During that time he mounted four Arctic expeditions in search of evidence from the 1845 Sir John Franklin Expedition. He has written many books on naval, polar, medieval and Victorian subjects and contributed the foreword to two volumes of Captain Scott's diaries. His interest in the Grail legend is longstanding and he is currently researching a new (and linked) work on the Knights Templar. He lives in Lincolnshire.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Chapter I In at the Deep End - From Conception to Antwerp 9

Chapter II From Dorset to the Dardanelles 35

Chapter III Feint and Fortitude - The Gallipoli Landings 51

Chapter IV Death, Disaster - and Departure 89

Chapter V Courage in the Mud, but One Was Shot at Dawn 119

Chapter VI The Taking of Gavrelle and the Divisional Horse Show 139

Chapter VII Passchendaele and Welsh Ridge 155

Chapter VIII Storm Troopers and Retreat 169

Chapter IX The 4th Battalion at Zeebrugge 181

Chapter X Cambrai, Flanders, and Armistice 219

Chapter XI The End - Not with a Bang but with a Parade 241

Maps 251

Select Bibliography 256

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