Richard T Bass
978 0 9555698 2 1
MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING OF THE SOMME
much has already been written or spoken of in respect of the legendary
Exercise Tiger, to many the subject is either a complete mystery
or is still surrounded by intrigue due to the vast amount of hearsay
or unsubstantiated evidence and mis-information! One thing for certain
is that this certainly is a story that must be told and in this
respect, I personally believe the author - Richard Bass has been
highly successful in producing an excellent volume that exposes
as close to the truth as possible of events and actions behind the
World War Two US training exercise in April 1944, where German E-Boats
attacked an unarmed convoy of troopships who were preparing for
D-Day off Slapton Sands in the southwest of England.
were many casualties and an official loss of 749 lives was reported.
For decades since this sad event, despite the wide spread de-classification
of WW2 documents, little if any new information has come to light,
which has therefore resulted in many of the survivors, the families
of the men involved, military historians together with the locals
in the sleepy South West of England, talking of cover ups and sinister
activity which includes tales of friendly fire, mass burials, missing
bodies and empty graves!
thanks to the author’s dedication and years of extensive and
original research, he has been able to shed a whole new light on
the sad events of sixty years ago. Drawing on a wide range of eye
witness accounts together with previously unpublished information
or information no longer in the public domain, he is now more certain
than ever that a cover up did actually take place and the casualties
were in fact far greater than the officially published figures.
is a true story and one that I am sure readers will find highly
fascinating. The volume is packed to the hilt with a wealth of information,
facts and figures and as well as many black and white photographs,
it also features a detailed appendices with copies of extracts from
war diaries and classified signals, making it even more valuable
for those seeking in depth information. The publication represents
excellent value for money and I believe it is a valuable addition
to the bookshelves of WW2 enthusiasts and those living in the South
West of England today.
Pen and Sword
German Army on Vimy Ridge 1914-1917
excellent volume commences with the capture of Vimy Ridge and Notre
Dame de Lorette in October 1914 and concludes in 1917. In writing
it, Jack Sheldon has once again triumphed in producing yet another
outstanding and fascinating volume which I am certain will be sought
after and will be sure to grace many military historian’s
and enthusiast’s bookshelves in the years to come, as it is
the type of publication that can be read over and over again! Those
who have read this author’s previous volumes will of course
already be familiar with the quality of Jack’s work and like
me, praise his excellent style and ability to write both flowing
and accurate narrative on what many consider to be fairly complex
subjects! He has certainly gone to great lengths in his research
to complete this splendid title and should be commended on that
point alone, as his sources of information must have been numerous,
widespread and often fragmented at times.
am led to believe that the majority of the information contained
in this publication may have been previously unpublished and therefore
of immense interest to a widespread audience of readers. In my view,
it will certainly challenge many previously held ideas and theories
and therefore, may well prove controversial at times, however, having
said that, in my opinion, that makes excellent and refreshing reading!
anyone interested in the tunneling during the Great War, they will
find this one aspect of the book alone, compelling reading. However
I was personally engrossed with the tremendous amount of detail
covering the fighting for Vimy Ridge and this along with German
accounts covering interrogations of British and Canadian Prisoners
of War made absorbing reading too!
are some very useful and highly detailed maps and in traditional
Pen and Sword style many excellent photographs support the highly
readable narrative. And therefore in summary, I feel this publication
will be indispensable to anyone interested in the Great War in general
and the battles of the Western Front and Vimy in particular. I found
it a joy to read and therefore, I cannot praise it too highly –
it is a valuable addition to my library and I commend it to you
WOOD VC - PILLAR OF EMPIRE
is quite extraordinary that no serious study of Evelyn Wood has
been made since his own autobiography published over a century ago.
As one of the senior military figures of the Victorian age, his
story is one of great adventure and derring-do, tremendous personal
courage, military and personal controversy. This, all wrapped up
in an odd personality, makes for a splendid story and, in the hands
of Stephen Manning, a darned good read.
For students of the Great War, it is the latter part of Wood's career
that will be of most interest. He was a great trainer of men, and
both before and after the war in South Africa (1899-1902) was deeply
involved in the reform of the British Army's approach to training
and logistics. The performance of the "Old Contemptibles"
at Mons and on the retreat has distinct roots in Wood's work. Wood's
sponsorship of Douglas Haig, his potential spotted as a young cavalry
officer, is also clearly of significance.
for sheer human interest, it is Wood's involvement in the Indian
Mutiny, Zulu and Boer wars that grips the reader. Wounded and near
to death on numerous occasions, he always pulls through and in so
doing, hauls himself up the military ladder despite the undoubted
constraint of not been well to do and with personal and family complexities
with which to contend. Calamity at Majuba Hill and at Hlobane, enough
to consign an ordinary man to the darker pages of history, were
almost shrugged off by Wood. He appears to have been something of
a politician (with a small p) as well as a fine if rather unpredictable
The author has delved deeply into archival sources to bring alive
the story of the man. Overall, well worth reading and a fine addition
to your military library.
Wim Degrande and Patrick Goosens
in 2007 by Davidsfonds- Leuven
Available From: Tommies Guides
ISBN: 978 90 5826 484 8
Relics of the Great War
with an interest in the Great War and especially those with an artistic
bent, who appreciate beautiful photography will, I believe really
enjoy this beautiful volume which features an excellent selection
of outstanding , evocative black-and-white photographs of the often
forgotten or neglected remains of monuments, cemeteries and buildings
from the Great War.
photography can without a doubt be described as nothing less than
splendid and I am sure many would buy the book for the photographs
alone, irrespective of an interest in military history, however
as the authors have coupled present day images with the truly excellent
wartime archive photographs and full supporting text in both Dutch
and English too, you have a very useful reference work that will
not only provide fascinating browsing / reading, but also invaluable
to a wide range of readers from the casual reader to Great War enthusiasts
and experts who may well want to use the volume when planning touring
the volume is published in the Netherlands, it may not be featured
in many book shops but is thankfully available in the UK from Tommies
Guides. I thought the volume was excellent value for money and a
valuable addition to my personal library.
John Stephen Morse
Publisher: Tommies Guides
Service Battalion the Sherwood Foresters: The Nott's and Derby Regiment
During the First World War
9th Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby) which
formed part of Lord Kitchener's "New Army", was initially
made up of men recruited from the north Midlands. These very ordinary
men, the majority of which, had previously been employed as farm
workers or miners from the local coalfields had never left their
rural areas before enlistment, soon found themselves facing a vicious
enemy on the battlefields of both Gallipoli and France and Flanders
where they fought with distinction. In fact they also fought in
most major battles of the great War and as a result, earned many
awards for gallantry but at a heavy cost too.
excellent volume will without a doubt prove invaluable for anyone
researching the men or actions of this particular battalion, as
it includes a full medal roll for both the War and Victory Medals,
a list of the officers who served in the battalion and Rolls of
Honour for those killed in both Gallipoli and the Great War in General.
There are also extracts from the official Regimental history, plus
copies of maps and diagrams and a host of fascinating photographs
of officers and men taken on the various fronts throughout the war.
The complete list of gallantry awards made to both officers and
men will be a great asset to medal collectors too.!
author who is said to have written this volume as a result of an
unanswered question has without a doubt done an excellent job in
putting the volume together. It is a fitting tribute to the many
brave men who laid down their lives for their country whilst wearing
the uniform of the King and the cap badge of this battalion.
in all, fascinating reading, an excellent form of reference and
great value for money.
Profile Books Ltd
Memorial to the Missing of the Somme
Great War enthusiasts, military historians and battlefield tour
guides, architects and family history researchers, the Memorial
to the Missing of the Somme at Thiepval needs little if any introduction,
as this most impressive monument which bears the names of 73,000
British Commonwealth servicemen whose bodies were never identified,
not only stands out magnificently in the French countryside for
miles around, but is also known by thousands worldwide.
first time I saw this structure, I was awestruck and although I
have visited it many times since, I never cease to be amazed at
both the incredible loss of life and the creativity of the architect
who designed this imposing structure. Thiepval is an iconic memorial
to the Great War and as such, it attracts thousands of visitors
each year. A large number visit it out of curiosity, however the
vast majority visit it during a battlefield tour or on a side trip
to see the name of a long lost ancestor who died fighting for King
and country, in a war that was supposed to end all wars! One thing
for certain, is that they will be impressed by its magnitude.
splendid volume so eloquently written tells the full story behind
this significant memorial and includes the reasons for its architectural
importance, the way in which it commemorates the dead and of course
its wider historical significance. The volume was a great success
when originally published in hardback format and therefore I am
sure this paperback edition will be every bit as popular and if
not more popular, as at just 8.99, it represents excellent value
for money and is very affordable and will without a doubt, due to
the increased interest in the Great War and family history research
in general, appeal to a wider range of readers of all ages.
believe anyone whose ancestors name is featured on the memorial,
will not want to be without a copy of this publication in their
25 December, 2013