From Maubeuge to the Rhineland
History of the 1st Division in the Great War
Author : Simon Peaple
Not yet published - in Spring 2021 list
General - Pages : 200 | Images : 25 b/w photos & maps
Paperback - Size : 234mm x 156mm | ISBN : 9781912866205 | Helion Book Code : HEL1111
From sore-footed reservists and old sweats in 1914 to conscripted men after 1916; the 1st Division faced the challenge of war from beginning to end. This account includes a rare glimpse into Operation Hush which might have provided a successful strategic alternative to the blood-soaked ridges around Passchendaele. Drawing heavily on the combat records of the unit formations it offers a blend of military analysis and insights into the lived experience of the men whilst outside the front line. This book brings alive the record of the 1st Division. Starting with mobilisation in 1914 and its deployment as part of the original BEF, the story of the 1st Division is taken right through to the occupation of Germany after the Armistice.The book encompasses the familiar battles of 1st Ypres and Aubers Ridge before looking at the Somme from the perspective of a division fed into the line after the battle started. The book opens with a detailed discussion of the extent to which Britain had committed itself to supporting France before 1914. As the title says, 1st Division was there on the Western Front from the very beginning to the beyond the end of hostilities and therefore exemplifies so much about the way in which the men of the British Army faced the trials of this dehumanizingly large scale conflict.