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Ulster Will Fight Volume 2

The 36th (Ulster) Division in Training and at War 1914-1918

Author : David R Orr, David Truesdale

Ulster Will Fight Volume 2 : The 36th (Ulster) Division in Training and at War 1914-1918


General - Pages : 440 | Images : c 300 photos, maps

Hardback - Date of Publication : April 2016 | Size : 245mm x 170mm | ISBN : 9781910777633 | Helion Book Code : HEL0628

Despite what has been written in many books and magazine articles, the Ulster Division was not formed overnight by an en bloc enlistment from the Ulster Volunteer Force and Young Citizen Volunteers, nor were the YCV the youth wing of the UVF, as some believe. Despite the surge of patriotic enlistments on the outbreak of war, by December 1914 there was still a shortfall of 1,697 men, the majority of these shortages being in the divisional troops, not the infantry brigades. It was proving difficult to fill the ranks of the Royal Army Medical Corps, Army Service Corps, Cyclist Company and Royal Engineers, in fact any unit that required a degree of mechanical skill, however small. Despite these initial difficulties the Division sailed for France in October 1915 and by the following June had gained ample experience in trench life. However it was 1 July 1916, that would change the Division from naive volunteers into battle hardened warriors and ensure their undying fame. This study follows the division from its creation through to disbandment, drawing extensively on unpublished materials, official documents and newspapers. In doing so it provides an up-to-date picture of this famous and important formation.


“ … An important addition to the history of the Great War. It is a work standing head and shoulders above many lesser books which have undeservedly reaped sales benefits during the last thee plus years of the Great War publishing fest.” Stand To! Journal of the Western Front


“ … this is a detailed narrative which makes best use of certain underexploited resources to bring the human story of the division vividly to life.” Newsletter of the Society of the Friends of the National Army Museum


“ … These authors write with great knowledge and authority on the military history of Northern Ireland. In their hands, and in these handsome volumes, the centenaries of the Irish Revolution and the Great War, as these touched Ulster, have been well commemorated.” The Irish Sword

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