The Welsh at War: The Grinding War: The Somme and Arras

The Welsh at War: The Grinding War: The Somme and Arras

by Steven John


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526700315
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 04/19/2018
Sales rank: 818,493
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Steven John was born and educated in Laugharne. His move to Shropshire inspired an interest in his family tree, on which he discovered that his Great Grandfather, Lance Corporal David Thomas John, of Laugharne, was killed in the Great War. This discovery led to Steven's research in to the men of Laugharne, who died in both world wars, and the eventual publication of his books Carmarthen Pals, Carmarthen in the Great War and Welsh Yeomanry at War. The Welsh at War, is the culmination of his research on all aspects of the Welsh soldier during the Great War, and includes the stories of all of the Welsh infantry regiments during the conflict.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 8

Chapter 1 1916: The New Year Dawns 10

Chapter 2 Mesopotamia: The Siege of Kut 23

Chapter 3 Salonika: A New Front 33

Chapter 4 The Egyptian Expeditionary Force 37

Chapter 5 The Western Front: The Build-Up to the Somme Offensive 45

Chapter 6 The Battle of Jutland 61

Chapter 7 The Battle of the Somme 70

i Mametz Wood 97

ii The Battle of Bazentin Ridge 123

iii The Diversion: The Battle of Fromelles 131

iv Delville Wood 136

v The Battle of Pozières Ridge - Guillemont - Capture of High Wood 140

vi The Welsh Guards: The Battles of Flers-Courcelette and Morval 161

vii The Red Baron 171

Chapter 8 The 38th (Welsh) Division at Ypres: Boesinghe and the Ypres Canal 172

Chapter 9 The Battle of Le Transloy and the Battle of the Ancre 175

Chapter 10 Salonika: The Campaign Continued 190

Chapter 11 Egypt 197

Chapter 12 1917: The War Grinds Onwards 201

Chapter 13 Mesopotamia: The Second Offensive 204

Chapter 14 The German Withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line 212

Chapter 15 Palestinc: The First Battle of Gaza 222

Chapter 16 The Battle of Arras 229

Chapter 17 The Battle of Messines 257

Chapter 18 The Prelude to the Third Battle of Ypres 267

Chapter 19 Disaster at Sea 275

Conclusion 277

Bibliography 279

Index 281

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