History Of The 4th (british) Infantry Division: 1914-1919 by Grahame P. KingstonHistory Of The 4th (british) Infantry Division: 1914-1919 by Grahame P. Kingston

History Of The 4th (british) Infantry Division: 1914-1919

byGrahame P. Kingston

Hardcover | October 14, 2008

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On the 2nd August 1914, Germany declared war on France and its'' armies immediately crossed the Belgian border en-route to French territory. Under the terms of the Treaty of London, Britain issued an ultimatum to Germany but, as no response was received Britain declared war on Germany at 11:00pm on the 4th August 1914. There existed an urgency to get the British army to the Western Front. Britain possessed six infantry divisions on which she could call but responded initially by sending four of those formations at the shortest possible notice. The British Expeditionary Force was followed a week later, by the 4th Infantry Division, having landed on French soil in the early hours of the 23rd August 1914. Those divisions, with the later addition of the 6th Infantry Division, were to become the famous ''Old Contemptibles'. Many divisions that served in the Great War have been written, each cataloguing the events in which the lives of millions of young men were interrupted by the greatest conflict the civilised world had seen. However, there remains the history of some forty or more yet to be documented. Consequently, it is without doubt that a large gap remains in the library of knowledge of one of Britain''s greatest trials in military and civil history. The history of the 4th Infantry Division is an attempt to contribute to the filling of that gap. The 4th Division was one of the regular army divisions then in service and began mobilisation on the 4th August 1914, fought throughout, and undertook demobilisation in 1919, when it passed out of one of the most difficult and controversial periods of world history. In committing to pen the history of the 4th Division, so long after the cessation of hostilities, the author has relied on the collections of the Public Records Office, Imperial War Museum, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and the various Regimental Museums. Unit diaries, official histories, maps, and personal diaries have all been drawn upon. An effort has been made to use the words of the contemporary authors as regularly as possible so as to embody the views of the participants. When reading the diaries and translating the pencil lines drawn on maps, many written ninety years ago, there is a sense of urgency, yet they demonstrate the formal, organised thinking of the diarist and planners. The diaries of the 4th Division exist almost complete and, when read in date order, transmit the moods and feelings of the day quite clearly and never fail to take the reader into the emotions of the time. Sadly, few of the original campaigners remain and the memory of those who returned, after so many years, cannot be relied upon for the accuracy that this record demands. Such were the losses in the period between the commencement of the Battle of Mons on the 22nd August 1914 and the conclusion of the Second Battle of Ypres on the 27th May 1915, the British divisions mentioned above virtually ceased to exist as the British Regular Army. I desire that this history should also stand as testimony to the sacrifices made by the families of those men, where many were to lose sons, fathers and brothers and to those who returned with lifetime injuries and sufferings that only they knew. The maps embodied in this volume are an attempt to translate, visually, the topography and difficulties through which those men fought and should be consulted in conjunction with the description of events as they occurred. Only then can we appreciate the contribution made by those who participated. From the moment of initial engagement, with no signal, field ambulances, or engineers, to the last great battles of November 1918, the division grew in skill and achievement to become one of the great stories of human achievement.
Title:History Of The 4th (british) Infantry Division: 1914-1919Format:HardcoverDimensions:644 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.38 inPublished:October 14, 2008Publisher:The London PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1905006152

ISBN - 13:9781905006151

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