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Review of “Krithia: Gallipoli”

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“Krithia: Gallipoli”By Stephen ChambersPublished by Pen & Sword Military 2021 in its Battleground seriesPaperback. 226 pages plus notes, bibliography and index. Illustrated.ISBN 978 1 47387 547 0Reviewed by Chris BakerCopy kindly provided by the publisher. For Gallipoli enthusiasts, the name of Stephen Chambers is likely to be familiar, for he is the author of four […]

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Review of “Prisoners on Cannock Chase”

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“Prisoners on Cannock Chase: Great War POWs and Brocton Camp”By Richard PursehousePublished by Frontline Books in 2020Hardback ISBN 978 1 52672 825 8134 pages plus 48 pages of endnotes plus index. Illustrated.Reviewed by Chris BakerCopy kindly provided by the publisher. I often drive through Cannock Chase on the way to see my mother in nearby […]

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The myth of the dwindling battalion

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In 2018, social media began to discuss a pair of photographs. They purport to show the same battalion when it went to war in 1914 and they way it was in 1918. In response to thephotos, social media responded with many of the old tropes: lions led by donkeys, they were all heroes, they did […]

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Review of “Killer Butterflies”

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Killer butterflies: combat, pyschology and morale in the British 19th (Western) Division 1915-18by James Robertspublished by Helion & Co. 2017Hardback ISBN 9781911512240268 pages plus bibliography and indexReview copy kindly provided by Casemate UK. This study of the men of the 19th (Western) Division – often called the Butterfly Division after its symbol – is based […]

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When did the Great War end?

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These notes refer to the war as defined by Great Britain. 1918 It is commonly believed that the war ended on 11 November 1918 but this is not the case. It was on that date, at 11am, that the armistice agreed with Germany came into effect and hostilities in France and Flanders were brought to […]

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Talks and podcasts added to site

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“Tracing your military ancestors“. This is a talk I gave at a Family History Show hosted by The Genealogist. You can watch my intro free of charge but there is a modest fee for seeing the talk. Tracing your military ancestors “Family History Tips from Military Records” is another from the series of Family History […]