Leeds’s Military Legacy is the first fully illustrated book to give a comprehensive description of the military history of Leeds from Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Norman times to the present as home to various garrisons and military museums, not least the renowned Leeds Armouries Museum. Along the way it describes Royalist Leeds and the Civil War, the formation of various regiments in the city between the seventeenth and twenty-first centuries, the impact of two World Wars and how the city rose to the challenges of recruitment, defense and industrial war effort. The battle honors of each of the Leeds regiments are detailed as are the VCs. The book also covers the work of the Leeds military hospitals, the Barnbow Munitions disaster, RAF Yeadon (Leeds–Bradford Airport), the blitz of 1941, 609 Squadron, Yeadon Lancaster factory, Leeds as a garrison city and current military research in Leeds.
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About the Author
Paul Chrystal is the author of some seventy books published over the last decade, including recent publications such as Wars and Battles of the Roman Republic, Roman Military Disasters and Women and War in Ancient Greece and Rome. He is a regular contributor to history magazines, local and national newspapers and has appeared on BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and on BBC local radio throughout Yorkshire and in Teesside and Manchester. He writes extensively for several Pen & Sword military history series including ‘Cold War 1945–1991’, ‘A History of Terror’ and ‘Military Legacy’ (of British cities).
Table of Contents
1 Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Norman Military Leeds 5
2 Military Leeds in the Middle Ages 9
3 Leeds in the English Civil Wars 13
4 Leeds and the Jacobite Risings; Chartists 22
5 Leeds Volunteers and Rifles; Luddites 25
6 Leeds and the Second Anglo-Boer War 34
7 Leeds and the First World War 38
8 Leeds and the Second World War 96
Epilogue: The Royal Armouries Museum 119
Sources & Further Reading 125
About the Author 128