The Battle of the Selle: Fourth Army Operations on the Western Front in the Hundred Days, 9-24 October 1918

The Battle of the Selle: Fourth Army Operations on the Western Front in the Hundred Days, 9-24 October 1918

by Peter Hodgkinson

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781911512639
Publisher: Helion & Company, Limited
Publication date: 02/23/2018
Series: Wolverhampton Series
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Peter Hodgkinson has a BA in Psychology from Durham University and an MPhil in Clinical Psychology from the University of London. His career as a clinical psychologist in both the NHS and private spheres has largely been involved with trauma and sudden, violent death. He is the author of many psychology articles and Coping with Catastrophe A Handbook of Post-Disaster Psychological Aftercare (Routledge, 1998). His MA in British First World War Studies and PhD were obtained in the Department of War Studies at the University of Birmingham. He contributed a chapter on battalion commanders to Stemming the Tide Officers and Leadership in the British Expeditionary Force 1914 (Helion, 2013), and his book British Battalion Commanders in the First World War was published in 2015 by Ashgate. He has also written articles on the varied topics of the battlefield clearances of human remains, soldiers letters, Senior Officer School, and homeless WW1 veterans. He has two daughters and lives in Sussex.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vi

List of Tables viii

List of Maps ix

Acknowledgements x

Abbreviations xi

Introduction xiii

1 'The Germans Appear to Have Vanished'. Pursuit to the Selle: 9 to 11 October 1918 23

2 'All Pursuing Troops Should Act With the Greatest Boldness'. The BEF in Semi-Open Warfare: October 1918 67

3 Preparing for Battle: 11-16 October 1918 86

4 'A Pretty Heavy Fight Today'. Forcing the Selle: 17 October 1918 120

5 'Same as First Objective of Today'. Completing Victory: 18-19 October 1918 167

6 Preparing for Battle: 19-22 October 1918 196

7 'We Shall Have a Fight'. Final Act at the Selle: 23-24 October 1918 209

8 Lions Led by Tigers? Fourth Army at the Selle 243

Conclusion 283

Appendices

I Order of Battle - Fourth Army - from 9 October 1918 during the Selle Operations 287

II Skeleton Order of Battle - German Army opposing Fourth Army during the Battle of the Selle 303

Bibliography 309

Index 320

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