Articles by Chris Baker

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…


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….