Articles by Chris Baker



Evacuation of casualties from the Somme 1916

This article is a summary of the activity of the evacuation of wounded, sick and injured casualties from the Somme sector in the period 24 June to 25 November 1916. My date range is wider…


The Gallipoli evacuation

Review of “The Gallipoli evacuation”

The Gallipoli evacuation By Peter Hart Published in Australia and UK by Living History ISBN 978 0 6489 2260 5 Paperback. 275 pages plus 35 pages of acknowledgements, bibliography, endnotes and index. You don’t need…


Review of “Long before daybreak”

Long before daybreak The rediscovered WW1 memoir of an art student’s survival in the trenches by Albert Clayton edited by Micah Duckworth published  independently by M J Duckworth paperback, 218 pages, illustrated, no index In…





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Mons-en-Chaussée then and now

Mons-en-Chaussée lies east of the River Somme, on the old Roman road to Saint-Quentin. It was captured by the British during their pursuit of the German strategic withdrawal from the Somme sector to the prepared…


German mine explodes at “Auchy Left” 6 May 1916

Background On 15 December 1915, the experienced regular unit, the 1st Battalion of the Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment), transferred to the newly arrived 100th Infantry Brigade of 33rd Division. Shortly afterwards, the division took…