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A Private In Gray

by Thomas Benton Reed

"Published in 1905, these are the recollections of Thomas Benton Reed during his time serving as a Private in the 9th Louisiana Infantry, Confederate, during the Civil War."-Print ed.

The Story Of A Common Soldier Of Army Life In The Civil War, 1861-1865 [Illustrated Edition]

by Leander Stillwell

Includes Civil War Map and Illustrations Pack - 224 battle plans, campaign maps and detailed analyses of actions spanning the entire period of hostilities."A story of the great war between the States--told from the ranksThis is an engaging recollection of the American Civil War by one of its most humble participants an ordinary soldier--later an NCO of the Union Army--in the 61st Regiment of the Illinois Infantry. His story, written in old age is surprisingly fresh, vital and full of concise detail. Here, clearly, is a man who relished recalling his time in the army and had many interesting stories of camp, campaign and battlefield action to tell. Leander Stillwell was a westerner and member of the Union army of the West, so within these pages the reader will find accounts of the Battle of Shiloh, the siege of Corinth, Iuka, Salem Cemetery, Vicksburg, Devall's Bluff, Little Rock, the Clarendon Expedition, Murfreesboro and the fight at Wilkinson's Pike."-Print ed.

Co. Aytch Maury Grays, First Tennessee Regiment Or, A Side Show Of The Big Show [Illustrated Edition]

by Sam R. Watkins

Includes Civil War Map and Illustrations Pack - 224 battle plans, campaign maps and detailed analyses of actions spanning the entire period of hostilities."A classic account of Civil War combat. This is a justifiably famous account of the Civil War told by an ordinary soldier from within the ranks of a Tennessee regiment within the Confederate Army. Often quoted, it tells in a direct way, the story of an infantry company at war. In this it has much in common with similar accounts of men living and fighting together in combat irrespective of nationality, age or conflict. This is an intimate portrait of war with all its comradeship, hardship, fear, horror and humour. We accompany Watkins and his comrades of Company 'Aytch' on campaign as he recollects, in his easy and personable style, encounters at Shiloh, Corinth, Murfreesboro, Chattanooga, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge and other bloody battlefields where they fought and died for the Confederate cause until the eventual surrender of the Southern forces. Highly recommended."-Print ed.

Four Years Under Marse Robert [Illustrated Edition]

by Major Robert Stiles

Includes Civil War Map and Illustrations Pack - 224 battle plans, campaign maps and detailed analyses of actions spanning the entire period of hostilities."Marse Robert" is one of the endearing nicknames by which General Robert E. Lee was called by his men. This book is the account of Robert Stiles' experience as a soldier during the Civil War. He traces his own story, giving personal significance to the battles fought and the time he spent under General Lee's command.Robert Stiles tells firsthand what a Confederate soldier experienced as he marched on and fought through great struggles and deprivation. He takes readers on the difficult journey through the Civil War battle by battle, while providing the personal analysis of an actual participant.

Chickamauga: Bloody Battle In The West

by Glenn Tucker

Two and a half months after the Confederate Army's drive into Union territory had been checked by the Federals at Gettysburg, the two armies met near Chattanooga, Tennessee, to dispute control of the west. Here they locked in the bloody battle of Chickamauga, one of the most hotly contested engagements of American history, and one of the most extraordinary.For two days --September 19 and 20, 1863 -- 125,000 men struggled for the prize city of Chattanooga in terrain more like a jungle than a battlefield. All regarded the battle as decisive. On its outcome depended, for the South, the fate of Atlanta and all Georgia. For the North, it promised the one opportunity to cut the Confederacy through the middle and possibly end the war before Christmas. For the courage they displayed, these men surpassed any in the wars of western civilization.It was, perhaps above all else from the strategist's point of view, a battle of strong personalities. Leading the Federals was William Starke Rosecrans, of German ancestry, hot-tempered and sometimes vacillating. Opposed to him was the hard-fighting, brave and resourceful Braxton Bragg, a martinet who could be slow moving and careless in supervising the execution of his orders. Possibly most outstanding of all was the Union General George Henry Thomas, whose remarkable courage and tactical skill saved his side from overwhelming defeat and earned him the sobriquet of "Rock of Chickamauga."

A Diary Of Battle; The Personal Journals Of Colonel Charles S. Wainwright, 1861-1865

by Colonel Charles S. Wainwright Allen Nevins

When Colonel Charles S. Wainwright (1826-1907), later a brevet brigadier general, was commissioned in the First New York Artillery Regiment of the Army of the Potomac in October 1861, he began a journal. As an officer who fought at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Cold Harbor, Spotsylvania, and Petersburg, and who witnessed the leadership of Generals McClellan, Hooker, Burnside, Meade, Grant, and Sheridan, he brilliantly describes his experiences, views, and emotions. But Wainwright's entries go beyond military matters to include his political and social observations. Skillfully edited by Allan Nevins, historian and author of the classic multivolume Ordeal of the Union, this journal is Wainwright's vivid and invaluable gift to posterity.

BEYOND COURAGE: Escape Tales Of Airmen In The Korean War [Illustrated Edition]

by Clay Blair

Includes ten illustrations and one map.Clay Blair, Jr., close to Air Force headquarters during the Korean war, heard, as did everyone there, fascinating stories of Air Force pilots who had crashed or been shot down behind enemy lines and then managed, by one means or another, often enduring incredible hardships, to make their way back to U.N. lines. However, at the time, these stories were highly classified and not available for publication. Now Mr. Blair has been allowed to go through these secret files and has studied the full details of these dramatic escapes. The most exciting of these he presents in this book. In addition he has interviewed the men themselves to fill in any missing links in the stories they gave to Air Force officers shortly after their rescue, and to recapture their own personal reactions to their amazing adventures. Here are unbelievable accounts of the U.N. forces in Korea--for the stories are peopled, not just with Americans, but with Turks and Greeks and ROK's and friendly North Korean Christians, who often risked their lives to help downed airmen. You can feel the cold and agony of walking forty miles over mountains in temperatures of thirty degrees below with your feet frozen; the horror of spending more than a month in holes dug in the ground only slightly larger than a coffin; the torture of treatment-- or lack of it--in a Communist POW hospital; the shattering loneliness of a month on a deserted island -- with friendly planes flying over almost every day and ignoring you. How did one man survive when another failed? What gives some men a courage that surpasses comprehension? How is it possible to live through such experiences and be willing to risk them again? All these questions and many more are answered by Mr. Blair, himself a veteran of Navy submarine warfare, in this startling, thrilling account of Americans at their heroic best.

Reminiscences Of A Grenadier [Illustrated Edition]

by Major E. R. M. Fryer

Includes the First World War Illustrations Pack - 73 battle plans and diagrams and 198 photos"An account of the Front Line from the Guards BrigadeThe Guards have always been known as 'The Gentlemen's Sons' and it seems that the author of this book was no exception. At work in 'the City' when war broke out and he managed initially to be elected to that other gentleman's club of the time--The Honourable Artillery Company. It was with the HAC that he went to the continent and saw action in the early engagements of the war before selection for cadet school and a commission. Upon returning to the Front, Fryer embarked on a wartime career that would keep him in action almost constantly throughout the hostilities and which he would report with nothing less than the casual savoir faire one would expect of him. Despite his style Fryer clearly saw hard campaigning at Givenchy, Loos, the Hohenzollern Redoubt, Ypres, the Somme and many other brutal and significant actions until the final offensives of 1918."-Print Ed.

Contemptible [Illustrated Edition]

by Anon “casualty”

Includes the First World War Illustrations Pack - 73 battle plans and diagrams and 198 photos"An 'Old Contemptible' recounts the campaign of 1914.At the outbreak of the First World War, units of the British regular army-the B. E. F-were despatched to the continent to assist the French in an attempt to stem the tide of the advancing Imperial German Army as it marched inexorably towards Paris. The enemy viewed the 'Tommies' as 'that contemptible little army.' In that way peculiar to the British the insult became a byword for courage and honour as the highly trained and motivated soldiers in khaki demonstrated just what a contemptible little army could do. However, this was a war of attrition and despite the 'contemptibles' magnificent performance the 'grey horde' could not initially be halted. What followed was the memorable retreat from Mons. The author of this book was a subaltern officer serving in one of the county regiments of the B. E. F and chose as his title for this book the proudly worn designation 'Contemptible.' Although the book was written under a pseudonym it is widely believed that the writer was Arnold Gyde who served with the South Staffordshire Regiment and was one of the first British soldiers to set foot on the continent. Although the account of this vital aspect of the opening months of the conflict is presented in a 'factional' style it is clearly based on the author's first hand experiences." -Print Ed.

High Tide At Gettysburg: The Campaign In Pennsylvania

by Glenn Tucker

""Gettysburg had everything," Henry S. Commager recently wrote. "It was the greatest battle ever fought on our continent; it boasts more heroic chapters than any other one battle. It was the high tide of the Confederacy."This is the way Glenn Tucker has always seen it and this is the way he reports it in High Tide at Gettysburg. The story of Gettysburg has never been told better, perhaps never so well as in this volume. Glenn Tucker has the immediacy of a war correspondent on the spot along with the insights that come from painstaking research. The armies live again in his pages.In his big, generous book Glenn Tucker has room to follow Lee's army up from Chancellorsville across Maryland into Pennsylvania. With Jackson recently killed, Lee had revamped his top command.When Meade's men caught up with the Confederates and the two armies were probing to locate each other's concentrations, Mr. Tucker's account becomes sharper, more dramatic. His rapidly moving, vivid narrative of the three-day battle is filled with fascinating episodes and fresh, stimulating appraisals.Glenn Tucker is akin to Ernie Pyle in his interest in people. With him you meet Harry King Burgwyn, "boy colonel" of the 26th North Carolina, just turned twenty-one, who slugged it out with Col. Henry A. Morrow of the 24th Michigan until few survived on either side. You feel the patriotic surge of white-haired William Barksdale, who led his Mississippians on the "grandest charge of the war" and died as he broke the Federal line. You sense the magnetism of Hancock the Superb, and feel the driving power of rugged Uncle John Sedgwick as he hurried his big VI Corps to the battlefield. With Old Man Greene you struggle in the darkness to save the Culp's Hill trenches. And much more. Mr. Tucker weaves in many sharp thumbnail biographical sketches without slowing the action. Many North Carolinians, previously slighted, here receive their due.Full, dramatic, immediate, here is Gettysburg."

Studies In The Napoleonic Wars

by Sir Charles William Chadwick Oman Kbe

"These fascinating and valuable studies supplement Sir Charles Oman's major works about the Napoleonic Wars --Wellington's Army and the majestic seven-volume History of the Peninsular War.The subjects of study range widely and interestingly. They include a discussion of the views of historians from the time of Herodotus to the nineteenth century, and an account of the Secret Service which, as the author says in his Preface, illustrates "the underworld of political and military intrigue which escapes notice in general histories". Here, too, are Oman's seminal reflections on "Column and Line in the Peninsula". Along with his study of the Battle of Maida, also included in the book, this was the result of his investigation of British tactics before the Peninsular War, upon which he based his comprehension of Wellington's method of warfare. The discussion of Napoleon's use of cavalry draws from the whole period of the campaigns of 1800 to 1815, arising from the author's endeavours to discover the principles according to which Napoleon's generals handled cavalry during the Spanish War.The reappearance of these absorbing studies by one of the great masters of British military history will be warmly welcomed by specialist historians and general readers alike."-Print ed.

Gallipoli Diary Vol. II [Illustrated Edition]

by General Sir Ian Standish Monteith Hamilton GCB GCMG DSO TD

Includes Gallipoli Campaign Map and Illustrations Pack -71 photos and 31 maps of the campaign spanning the entire period of hostilities.The desperate losses and ultimate failure of the Gallipoli campaign are legendary even among the holocaust of the First World War. The man ultimately held responsible for the failure was General Ian Hamilton, the officer in charge of the operation; criticism has been heaped on him since the last Allied soldier left the Turkish peninsula in 1915. His diaries however paint a different picture; that of a General struggling with a task that was night-on impossible to begin with;Thrust in to a mad-cap operation he was given the scantest of details;"But my knowledge of the Dardanelles was nil; of the Turk nil; of the strength of our own forces next to nil. Although I have met K. almost every day during the past six months, and although he has twice hinted I might be sent to Salonika; never once, to the best of my recollection, had he mentioned the word Dardanelles."Short of men, supplies and most all ammunition; his failure was not from a lack of effort. Fighting uphill against an entrenched enemy, the ground that he and his men fought over was some of the toughest on Earth to attack. Always too close to the fighting line he was out of his depth with the strategic thinking necessary in an army commander.There is much in his diaries that is of interest the serious student of the Gallipoli campaign and the casual reader of the story of the First World War.

Gallipoli Diary Vol. I [Illustrated Edition]

by General Sir Ian Standish Monteith Hamilton GCB GCMG DSO TD

udes Gallipoli Campaign Map and Illustrations Pack -71 photos and 31 maps of the campaign spanning the entire period of hostilities.The desperate losses and ultimate failure of the Gallipoli campaign are legendary even among the holocaust of the First World War. The man ultimately held responsible for the failure was General Ian Hamilton, the officer in charge of the operation; criticism has been heaped on him since the last Allied soldier left the Turkish peninsula in 1915. His diaries however paint a different picture; that of a General struggling with a task that was night-on impossible to begin with;Thrust in to a mad-cap operation he was given the scantest of details;"But my knowledge of the Dardanelles was nil; of the Turk nil; of the strength of our own forces next to nil. Although I have met K. almost every day during the past six months, and although he has twice hinted I might be sent to Salonika; never once, to the best of my recollection, had he mentioned the word Dardanelles."Short of men, supplies and most all ammunition; his failure was not from a lack of effort. Fighting uphill against an entrenched enemy, the ground that he and his men fought over was some of the toughest on Earth to attack. Always too close to the fighting line he was out of his depth with the strategic thinking necessary in an army commander.There is much in his diaries that is of interest the serious student of the Gallipoli campaign and the casual reader of the story of the First World War.

Hospital Days

by Arthur F. H. Mills

Originally published under the pseudonym "Platoon Commander" these excellent memoirs were written by the noted novelist Arthur F. H. Mills after his service in the British Expeditionary Force in 1914-1915. Following on from Mill's service in France, he describes his days recuperating from the debilitating wounds he received at La Bassée. His first stop is a field hospital behind the front lines where his leg wound was tended to and a bullet removed; when he was able he was sent on to England. His experiences in the officer's wards of both the army and private hospitals are at once grim and humorous, absent is the disillusionment noted in many memoirs written well after the war.

With My Regiment From Aisne to La Bassée [Illustrated Edition]

by Arthur F. H. Mills

Includes the First World War Illustrations Pack - 73 battle plans and diagrams and 198 photosOriginally published under the pseudonym "Platoon Commander" these excellent memoirs were written by the noted novelist Arthur F. H. Mills after his service in the British Expeditionary Force in 1914-1915. "In the early summer of 1914, apparently unconcerned by the gathering storm and the colossal building of military might in Germany, the British regular army, reduced in numbers and not having fought a major conflict for over a decade, was at peace in its garrisons. When German troops marched through Belgium and attacked France, the British Expeditionary Force was hastily created and for British soldiers the transition from peace to mobilisation and transportation to the battle line happened within a matter of days. It is astonishing that the 'Contemptible Little Army' was not instantly enveloped by the advancing Germans who outnumbered them--often by much more than five to one. Some are jingoistic about the British Army of the day being 'the best army in the world,' however, the battle fought at Mons, the retreat to the Marne, the skilful command of the British staff and the dogged resistance of troops, who inflicted causalities on the enemy totally disproportionate to their strength, speaks for itself. The outcome was inevitable though and by the early months of 1915 the B. E. F. had all but been destroyed. Its tenacity had, however, earned the British sufficient time to build a new army, defence and response."-Print ed.

The Autobiography Of Eppa Hunton

by Brigadier General Eppa Hunton II

Eppa Hunton II (1822-1908), was a prominent figure in Virginia throughout his career as a lawyer, soldier and Congressman. Although his autobiography was written mainly for his family it contains much to interest the general reader and Civil War historian alike.In 1861 Hunton was among the delegates to the Virginia Succession Convention and voted for secession; immediately thereafter he was commission as a colonel in the 8th Virginia Infantry. He saw much action in the early years of the war, at First Bull Run and the battle of Ball's Bluff; he commanded a brigade in Longstreet's Corps under Pickett. His memories of Pickett's charge in which he was wounded are among the ever written, having recovered he served in the Army of Northern Virginian as a Brigadier General at Cold Harbor and the defence of Petersburg. He was again wounded at the battle of Sayler's creek and captured by Union forces.A gem of a Civil War memoir.

Seven Months In The Rebel States During The North American War, 1863

by Joseph C. Hayes Captain Justus Scheibert Wm. S Poole

"Captain Scheibert's [book] was available only in German until W. S. Poole edited the present version. A member of the Prussian army since 1849, and 'well known as an authority on fortifications,' Scheibert was sent to America 'to study the effect of rifled cannon fire on earth, masonry, and iron, and the operation of armor on land and at sea.' The captain preferred to observe the South rather than the North at war. 'If there ever was a foreign Rebel,' Mr. Poole asserts, 'he was one.' Scheibert, impressed with the South's 'enormous energy' and 'amazed at the industry of a patriotic people,' was cordially received by President Davis and Generals Lee, Jackson, Beauregard, and Stuart. The vivid impressions, observations, and characterizations of a Prussian captain are a significant commentary on the engagements at Chancellorsville, Brandy Station, and Gettysburg, on blockade running, and on the spirit of the people and their military genius."--Journal of Southern History

The Coldstream Guards, 1914-1918 Vol. II [Illustrated Edition]

by Lt. Col. Sir John Foster George Ross-of-Bladensburg

Includes 27 maps"History of the four active service battalions in the Great War with details of officers' services during the war.The Coldstream Guards had three battalions in August 1914, all three committed to the BEF: the 1st Battalion was in the 1st (Guards) Brigade, 1st Division; the 2nd and 3rd were both in 4th Guards Brigade, 2nd Division. As soon as war broke out a Reserve battalion (the 4th) was formed which provided drafts of 16,860 all ranks during the course of the war. In July 1915 a further battalion was raised as the Guards Pioneer Battalion for the Guards Division which was then being formed. This battalion was numbered 4th and the reserve battalion became the 5th. In all the Regiment suffered 14,137 casualties of which the dead numbered 180 officers and 3,860 other ranks. Seven VCs were won and 36 Battle Honours awarded. Volume I takes the story to the end of the Somme offensive, volume II begins with the situation at the end of 1916 after the Somme and carries through to the return of the Regiment to London in March 1919 and the Royal Review on the 22nd of that month when the Guards Division marched past their Colonel in Chief, the King.This is a well written history in which the author gives a good and detailed account of the Regiment's actions, often with casualty details following various battles and nominal rolls of officers present for duty. He also comments on the wider issues, some of which had nothing to do with the Coldstream, not only on higher strategy on the Western Front but also on other campaigns such as Gallipoli, Mesopotamia, Palestine and Italy where no Guards battalions served, and it is in discussing these wider issues that he is sometimes frankly critical, allocating blame where he feels it belongs.Print ed.

The Coldstream Guards, 1914-1918 Vol. I [Illustrated Edition]

by Lt. Col. Sir John Foster George Ross-of-Bladensburg

Includes 27 maps"History of the four active service battalions in the Great War with details of officers' services during the war.The Coldstream Guards had three battalions in August 1914, all three committed to the BEF: the 1st Battalion was in the 1st (Guards) Brigade, 1st Division; the 2nd and 3rd were both in 4th Guards Brigade, 2nd Division. As soon as war broke out a Reserve battalion (the 4th) was formed which provided drafts of 16,860 all ranks during the course of the war. In July 1915 a further battalion was raised as the Guards Pioneer Battalion for the Guards Division which was then being formed. This battalion was numbered 4th and the reserve battalion became the 5th. In all the Regiment suffered 14,137 casualties of which the dead numbered 180 officers and 3,860 other ranks. Seven VCs were won and 36 Battle Honours awarded. Volume I takes the story to the end of the Somme offensive, volume II begins with the situation at the end of 1916 after the Somme and carries through to the return of the Regiment to London in March 1919 and the Royal Review on the 22nd of that month when the Guards Division marched past their Colonel in Chief, the King.This is a well written history in which the author gives a good and detailed account of the Regiment's actions, often with casualty details following various battles and nominal rolls of officers present for duty. He also comments on the wider issues, some of which had nothing to do with the Coldstream, not only on higher strategy on the Western Front but also on other campaigns such as Gallipoli, Mesopotamia, Palestine and Italy where no Guards battalions served, and it is in discussing these wider issues that he is sometimes frankly critical, allocating blame where he feels it belongs.Print ed.

The Daredevil Of The Army; Experiences As A “Buzzer” And Despatch Rider [Illustrated Edition]

by Captain Austin Patrick Corcoran

Includes the First World War Illustrations Pack - 73 battle plans and diagrams and 198 photos"A bikers war-compellingly recounted"The highly dangerous task of the aide-de-camp was often to carry urgent despatches with essential calls to action across the field of battle. The young men chosen for the job were invariably dashing, brave and prepared to take risks to achieve their objectives. They were, of course, always expert horsemen. The age of the military horseman had not quite come to a close at the time of the First World War, but-as with most forms of progress-he was sharing duties with that which would eventually replace him, the machines of the new age. Now there was a another breed of 'daredevil,' though necessarily 'cut from the same cloth.' The motorcycle despatch riders were a new service created in an age of innovation. All were so called 'amateur' soldiers though immediately at least ranked corporal so that they could, by British Army convention, address officers directly. These were invariably intelligent, accomplished young men drawn from the professions or universities. Their creed was the same as that of their horse mounted predecessors-the messages they carried had to get through and to deliver them motorcyclists often had to outpace charging Uhlans. Many of them ended their careers tangled among the wreckage of their 'bikes.' The author of this book has written a thrilling first hand account of his experiences riding military motorcycles along the front lines during the early stages of the First World War. Later as an officer he took command of a unit of 'buzzers,' whose job it was to maintain telephone links. A highly entertaining book and thoroughly recommended to all those interested in motorcycles, motorcycling and the Great War in Europe."-Print ed.

Adventures Of A Motorcycle Despatch Rider During The First World War [Illustrated Edition]

by Major William Henry Lowe Watson D.S.O. D.C.M.

Includes the First World War Illustrations Pack - 73 battle plans and diagrams and 198 photos"A young British soldier who went to war on two wheels"When the Great War broke out, the author of this book decided to leave his university studies and join the struggle. What attracted him immediately was the potential to combine his military service with his love of motorcycles and so it was that he found himself one of a select group of motorcycle despatch riders within the 5th Division of the 'Contemptible Little Army' that went to France and Belgium to halt the overwhelming numerical superiority of the advancing German Army. This book, an account of his experiences in the early months of the war, tells the story of a conflict of fluid manoeuvre and dogged retreat. Together with congested roads filled with military traffic and refugees, the ever present threat of artillery barrage and changing front lines the author had to constantly be aware of the presence of the deadly Uhlans-mounted German Lancers-who were always ready to pitch horseflesh against horsepower."--Print Ed.

The Life Of Lieutenant-General Sir John Moore, K.B. By His Brother, James Carrick Moore Vol. II

by James Carrick Moore

Sir John Moore died at the height of his glory, having just defeated Marshal Soult's French forces at the Battle of Corunna in 1809 during the Peninsular War. On his lips as he died he hoped that the British Public would remember him and that they would be proud that he had done his duty.However, his Peninsular glory was only the swansong to a remarkable career in the British Army, born in 1761 to Dr. John Moore, a well-known Glasgow doctor, his achievements and service span some thirty years. He first saw action during the American War of Independence in 1778 and was to see much more in the limited campaigns around the world, before the Wars of the French Revolution and the rise of Napoleon, in campaigns in Corsica, the West Indies and Ireland.By 1799 he was a Major-General and part of a new breed of British Officer, more humane in his treatment of the troops under his command and a stickler for training. In 1808 he was sent to take over command of the British forces in Spain and Portugal, knowing that he had been given command of the only field army that Britain possessed he was initially cautious. However being given false evidence of stout Spanish resistance he marched his men into Spain; however in reality he was the only formed body of troops standing in the way of all of Napoleon's armies. Determined to do some good and perhaps escape intact, Sir John led his men against the outlying corps of Marshal Soult, although he was forced to run full tilt toward Corunna as Napoleon sent all of his mighty legions after him. To Moore's eternal credit he was able to win the Battle of Corunna, embark the majority of his soldiers for further battles and give Spain, Portugal and Britain time to engineer the successes of later years.A fitting biography of one of Britain's unsung heroes.

The Life Of Lieutenant-General Sir John Moore, K.B. By His Brother, James Carrick Moore Vol. I

by James Carrick Moore

Sir John Moore died at the height of his glory, having just defeated Marshal Soult's French forces at the Battle of Corunna in 1809 during the Peninsular War. On his lips as he died he hoped that the British Public would remember him and that they would be proud that he had done his duty.However, his Peninsular glory was only the swansong to a remarkable career in the British Army, born in 1761 to Dr. John Moore, a well-known Glasgow doctor, his achievements and service span some thirty years. He first saw action during the American War of Independence in 1778 and was to see much more in the limited campaigns around the world, before the Wars of the French Revolution and the rise of Napoleon, in campaigns in Corsica, the West Indies and Ireland.By 1799 he was a Major-General and part of a new breed of British Officer, more humane in his treatment of the troops under his command and a stickler for training. In 1808 he was sent to take over command of the British forces in Spain and Portugal, knowing that he had been given command of the only field army that Britain possessed he was initially cautious. However being given false evidence of stout Spanish resistance he marched his men into Spain; however in reality he was the only formed body of troops standing in the way of all of Napoleon's armies. Determined to do some good and perhaps escape intact, Sir John led his men against the outlying corps of Marshal Soult, although he was forced to run full tilt toward Corunna as Napoleon sent all of his mighty legions after him. To Moore's eternal credit he was able to win the Battle of Corunna, embark the majority of his soldiers for further battles and give Spain, Portugal and Britain time to engineer the successes of later years.A fitting biography of one of Britain's unsung heroes.

The First World War, 1914-1918; Personal Experiences Of Lieut.-Col. C. À Court Repington Vol. II [Illustrated Edition]

by Lieut.-Col. Charles à Court Repington C.M.G.

Includes the First World War Illustrations Pack - 73 battle plans and diagrams and 198 photosA fascinating history of the First World War seen through the eyes of a highly respected and connected War Correspondent.Lieut.-Col. Charles à Court Repington was a career soldier in the British Army; renowned for his service in the Sudan, Burma and the Boer War, he was drummed out of the service for having an affair with the wife of British official in 1902. He was well known as an excellent staff officer and remained closely tied to the comrades that he had fought and served with including the future leaders of the British Army in the First World War. Cutting his teeth as a war correspondent during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905, he was ideally placed as the War Correspondent of the Times when war broke out in 1914 to report on the unfolding tragedy. Using all of his connections and influence he visited the Western Front many times and was in intimate correspondence and contact with the senior figures of the British Army such as Sir John French, Sir Douglas Haig, Herbert Plumer and Horace Smith-Dorrien. No great respecter of private conversations or confidences he lost many friends when he wrote The First World War; his work was critical, well-written, caustic and unbiassed.These classic memoirs remain as valuable and vivid as they when they were written. This second volume covers the period from spring 1917 until the end of the war.

The First World War, 1914-1918; Personal Experiences Of Lieut.-Col. C. À Court Repington Vol. I [Illustrated Edition]

by Lieut.-Col. Charles à Court Repington C.M.G.

Includes the First World War Illustrations Pack - 73 battle plans and diagrams and 198 photosA fascinating history of the First World War seen through the eyes of a highly respected and connected War Correspondent.Lieut.-Col. Charles à Court Repington was a career soldier in the British Army; renowned for his service in the Sudan, Burma and the Boer War, he was drummed out of the service for having an affair with the wife of British official in 1902. He was well known as an excellent staff officer and remained closely tied to the comrades that he had fought and served with including the future leaders of the British Army in the First World War. Cutting his teeth as a war correspondent during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905, he was ideally placed as the War Correspondent of the Times when war broke out in 1914 to report on the unfolding tragedy. Using all of his connections and influence he visited the Western Front many times and was in intimate correspondence and contact with the senior figures of the British Army such as Sir John French, Sir Douglas Haig, Herbert Plumer and Horace Smith-Dorrien. No great respecter of private conversations or confidences he lost many friends when he wrote The First World War; his work was critical, well-written, caustic and unbiassed.These classic memoirs remain as valuable and vivid as they when they were written. This first volume covers the outbreak of the war to early 1917.

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