These men were not elite regular troops or Kitcheners' Men - they were Territorials. In many ways they were typical of the men who fought on the Western Front. Using the words of the men themselves, taken from their letters, diaries and memoirs as well as quotations from the reports and dispatches of the time, Fraser Skirrow records how they learnt the painful lessons of trench warfare and became a highly efficient fighting unit.
He also records how their hard-won efficiency was not enough to save them, for the Second Battle of the Marne in 1918 was their last - in a few terrible hours they were virtually wiped out.
This meticulously researched history allows the reader to follow the careers of these men through every phase of the war, from recruitment to the final tragedy, and it makes compelling reading.
|Publisher:||Pen & Sword Books Limited|
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Table of Contents
Time Line and Locations ix
The Territorial Force before the Great War 1
The Raising of the 2/5th 17
The Cost of Learning 54
At the Battle of Bullecourt 88
Rebuilding - back to patrolling 124
Getting it right - the 2/5th at the Battle of Cambrai 145
Success at Bucquoy 168
Destruction at Marfaux 187
Marching Off 213
Other Ranks Roll of Honour 233
Officer Roll of Honour 255
Honours and Awards 257
Officers Known to Have Served 262