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Batteries and Brigades of the Royal Field Artillery

This section of the Long, Long Trail describes the formation, attachments and history of each brigade and battery of the Royal Field Artillery. For details of movements and battles, click through to the Divisions concerned. Note:…


The British infantry regiments of 1914-1918

This section of the Long, Long Trail will be helpful for anyone wishing to find out about the history of the battalions of the British infantry. The “Poor Bloody Infantry” had the deadliest role of…


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Legends, myths and realities – the Christmas Truce, 1914

The Christmas Truce in France and Flanders, 1914 Between 14 and 21 December 1914 the British Expeditionary Force took part in several localised attacks, all of which failed with heavy casualties, and were attacked at…


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Renumbering the Territorial Force Infantry in 1917

Men serving in the Territorial Force got new numbers in 1917 and a great deal can be determined about their service from these numbers. This page should help you understand what it all means. Introduction…



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Training Reserve formed in September 1916

The formation of the Training Reserve A considerable reorganisation of the reserve infantry battalions took place on 1 September 1916. Before this date, most of the infantry regiments contained one or more reserve battalions of…


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16th (Irish) Division

The history of 16th (Irish) Division This Division was established by the Irish Command in September 1914, as part of the Army Orders authorising Kitchener’s Second New Army, K2. Early days were somewhat chaotic, the…


63rd (Royal Naval) Division

The history of 63rd (Royal Naval) Division 1914 At the declaration of the war on 4 August 1914, there was a surplus of some 20-30,000 men of the reserves of the Royal Navy who would…



British Entrenching Battalions of 1918

In early 1918 a manpower crisis caused an unwelcome reorganisation of the British infantry in France and Flanders. One of its effects was the creation of 25 Entrenching Battalions. Certain such battalions had existed earlier…