Articles by Chris Baker

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…


Stumbling towards victory

Stumbling towards victory: the final year of the Great War edited by Martyn Lawrence published by the Trustees of the Royal Armouries, 2018 paperback ISBN 978-0-94809-2879 128 pages, illustrated, no index reviewed by Chris Baker This is…


Deadly air raids on Saint-Omer in September 1917

Medical units and military billets under attack. Location Saint-Omer is a town in the French département of Pas-de-Calais. It had been the location of the General Headquarters of the British Expeditionary Force in 1914-15 but…


Review of “Dublin’s Great Wars”

Dublin’s Great Wars: the First World War, the Easter Rising and the Irish Revolution by Richard S. Grayson published by Cambridge University Press in 2018 Hardback ISBN 978 1 107 0295 5 379 pages plus…


Review of “Epitaphs of the Great War”

Epitaphs of the Great War by Sarah Wearne published by Uniform, an imprint of Unicorn Publishing Group The Somme volume – hardback ISBN 978 1 910500 52 1 – published 2016 Passchendaele volume – hardback ISBN…


Two excellent British battle studies

Decisive Victory: the battle of the Sambre, 4 November 1918 by Derek Clayton published by Helion & Company, 2018 hardback ISBN 978 1 912174 90 4 221 pages plus appendices, bibliography and sources. Index. Illustrated….




The Non-Combatant Corps

The introduction of compulsory military service in 1916 brought with it a need to consider the rights of men who had genuine objection to such service on moral, religious or political grounds. Certain parts of…


Review of “Survivors of a kind”

Survivors of a kind: memoirs of the Western Front by Brian Bond republished by Helion & Company in 2018; originally by Continuum in 2008 hardback ISBN 978 1 912390 39 7 146 pages plus end-notes,…