The Guards Came Through: A History Of The Guards In The Great War by Simon DoughtyThe Guards Came Through: A History Of The Guards In The Great War by Simon Doughty

The Guards Came Through: A History Of The Guards In The Great War

bySimon Doughty

Hardcover | August 10, 2016

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• Informative, beautiful, moving, in words and pictures, of the elite British soldiers of World War I • Story told from within: Simon Doughty served with the Guards, as did eminent introducer Sir Michael Howard • Contains brand new research on the complex history of the regiments, their formation and dissolution and the campaigns in which they fought The story of the Guards in the First World War epitomizes the shattering historical significance of the conflict. These elite regiments fought in every major engagement on the Western Front - Mons, Loos, the Aisne, the Somme, Passchendaele - and sustained incalculable losses. Whole divisions were wiped out, and new regiments created. Cavalrymen spent the war behind machine-guns while their horses remained tethered and terrified. Simon Doughty's account is the first truly comprehensive record of the regiments' contribution to the war, describing every action in which they participated and tracing the complex history of their formation and dissolution. Rare extracts from regimental publications and arresting photography - much of which is published here for the first time - bring us close to the stories of famous figures such as Kipling, Julian Grenfell and Harold Macmillan, but also introduce us to the unknown private soldiers, all of whom were awarded the special rank of Guardsman by a grateful King George V after the War. As eminent historian Sir Michael Howard's introduction makes clear, the experience of the Guards is a peculiarly poignant tale within the wider narrative of the War. Amid the series of centenary commemorations, it is a story that needs to be told.
Colonel Simon Doughty was commissioned into the Life Guards in 1976 and retired from the Army in 2009, having travelled widely and served in England, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Germany and Holland. A graduate of War Studies at Kings College, London, Simon is the Editor of The Guards Magazine and a member of the British Commission for Mi...
Title:The Guards Came Through: A History Of The Guards In The Great WarFormat:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 10.02 × 7.69 × 0.68 inPublished:August 10, 2016Publisher:Profile Books LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1908990570

ISBN - 13:9781908990570

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