Articles by Chris Baker

Legends, myths and realities of the Christmas truce, 1914

The article on the truce which has been in this site for many years has now undergone a thorough expansion: see http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/battles/battles-of-the-western-front-in-france-and-flanders/winter-operations-1914-15-western-front/legends-myths-and-realities-the-christmas-truce-1914/


Review of “The Fighting Pioneers”

The Fighting Pioneers The story of the 7th Battalion DLI by Clive Dunn published by Pen & Sword Military, 2015 ISBN 978 147382 348 8 Hardback 222 pages plus appendices: list of awards, Boer War…


How many battalions held the Western Front?

A report considered by the British War Cabinet held on 30 December 1916 included details of the relative infantry manpower on the Western Front in France and Flanders at that time: British front (Boesinghe to…


Review of “Trapped behind enemy lines”

Trapped behind enemy lines Accounts of British soldiers and their protectors in the Great War by John Anderson and Victor Piuk published by Pen & Sword Military 2015 ISBN 978 1 47383 801 7 Hardback….


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Removal of “Feedback” tab from this site

A note for visitors: the “feedback” tab that previously appeared on the right-hand side of this website has been removed. The tab was added for visitors to point out errors or make suggestions about the site. I am…


Review of “Before Action”

Before Action: William Noel Hodgson and the 9th Devons by Charlotte Zeepvat published by Pen & Sword Military, 2015 ISBN 978 1 78346 375 6 Hardback 214pp plus notes, bibiliography, index, illustrated Cover price £19.99…


How to find a soldier’s number

Millions of men served in the army. You need to do everything you can to make sure that you can spot your man from among others. Certainly you can begin to look for his military…



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Some past book reviews

With the recent move of the Long, Long Trail to a new domain, some of the book reviews of yesteryear have been a little stranded. The post is made simply to ensure they do not…


Welcome to the new Long, Long Trail!

Welcome all to this new version of the Long, Long Trail. It is the product of several months of work, bringing the site up to date in terms of technology and especially to improve how the…