It takes the form of a diary of an RFA Battery in action from Sept.

Regardless of the small advances, the Somme became a bloody battle of slow destruction.

Although she operated for only 3 months, she managed to sink some 30 ships before being herself sunk by the Australian Cruiser, Sydney, at the Battle of Cocos on 9th November 1914.

The Air War, like the ground based campaigns, has largely been recorded by individual combatants of all ranks, whereas the Naval War, apart from the odd Commanders account, is largely recorded by serial writers of Sea stories such as Keble Chatterton, Taffrail, Bartimeus, Klaxon etc.

Major renovations & a full exhibition schedule are given as the reasons but the failure to give any space over the years to the writers celebrated here always make me suspect they’re being too much in thrall to the ‘Revisionist’ agenda which doesn’t look to kindly on the thoughts of winging combatants.

Whether Benedict Cumberbatch can convey the complexities of Tietjens character remains to be seen - I recall his making rather a hash of reciting a Sassoon poem at the Cenotaph a few years ago when the last veterans made their final appearance.

However the first of today’s batch has stirred me into action.

Captain Lockhart’s is a rare view of the campaigns in the Holy Land & David Fallon tells of his varied career with both British & Australian Battalions at Gallipoli & on the Somme.

Dunn’s chronicle of the 2nd Batt.

The Frederick Palmer is a US journalists account of the Somme battle & at last the UK edition of George Godwin’s ‘Why Stay We Here’ , a novel giving a Canadian view of the War.

Batt., Northamptonshire Regiment during the early months of the War.

Of today’s batch probably the most interesting would be Admiral Harpers revisiting of the Battle of Jutland, each subsequent version of which seems to have upset the writers of every previous account.


Officially known as the Third Battle of Ypres, Passchendaele became ..

The best of today’s books is the History of the 15th Highland Light Infantry (the Glasgow Tramways Battalion) that Nick Fletcher has sent in & a well-illustrated account of Light Cruiser actions during the War.

The Battle of Langemarck from 16–18 August 1917, was the second Allied general attack of the Third Battle of Ypres, during the First World War.

Although primarily aimed at a juvenile readership it gives a clear account of the role of the Battalion Scouts of the Canadian Army during the War.

31st July 1917:Me and my friends were sitting in a trench in the morning waiting for the 'battle of Passchendaele'

The UK edition of Robert Service’s Poems from that source of bargain books, Peter Harrington; A novel of the Lafayette Escadrille; the account of a German spy in the British censors office & a battered copy of the history of the West Riding Territorials in the Great War.

By the time the Canadians entered the battle on the Passchendaele Ridge, British and Australian troops had fought there for more than three months.

Napier gives an account of a NZ Trench Mortar Battery - it is undoubtedly scarce but the near £2000 being asked for it on ABE may restrict its potential readership to zero!

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I’d never come across these volumes before each of which tells the story of a dozen Territorial Battalions in the early days of the War up to the battle of Loos.