Articles by Chris Baker

Review of “A sturdy race of men”

A sturdy race of men: 149 Brigade – a history of the Northumberland Fusiliers Territorial Battalions in the Great War by Alan Isaac Grint published by Pen & Sword Military in 2018 Hardback ISBN 978…


The strange case of Aaron Charles Warren

I found this news clipping when searching for some details of my own family history. My grandparents lived at the back of 33, Ashley Street in Birmingham. The article, from the “Birmingham Mail” on 26…


Review of “Two sides of the same bad penny?”

Two sides of the same bad penny? Gallipoli and the Western Front a comparison edited by Michael LoCicero published by Helion & Company 2018 in association with the Gallipoli Association and the Western Front Association…



Review of “With Marshal Foch”

With Marshal Foch: a British General at Allied Supreme Headquarters April-November 1918 by Lieutenant General Sir John du Cane, KCB edited by Elizabeth Greenhalgh published by Helion & Company in 2018 hardback ISBN 978 1…


Review of “Recovering the Past”

“Recovering the Past”by Ian Aldermanpublished by Uniform, an imprint of Unicorn Publishing Group, 2017ISBN 978 1 910500 82 8Paperback 60 pages plus 6 postcards enclosed. Illustrated colour.Cover price £12.99Reviewed by Chris Baker An interesting little…


Post-1918 adoption of French towns and villages

“Charity begins at home – but it should not end there” Leamington Spa Courier, Friday 16 December 1921 in an article announcing the adoption by the town of Biaches, a Somme village in France British…


Synchronise watches!

Time was of the essence for many military activities during the Great War. The precise firing of artillery bombardments, co-ordination of attacks by different units, and the advance by infantry under a creeping barrage all…



Review of recent books on army chaplaincy

The publisher’s introduction and biography of the author of “Faith of our fathers” includes the statement that “[Army] Chaplains have in general been ignored” in the context of the historiography of the Great War. I…