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In the opening months of the First World War, 1,500 men from Cambridgeshire came forward to serve their country as a battalion in Kitchener's New Army. They came from the city and they came from the fields. Many had never left the county before, let alone their country, and all too many would never return.
Whether farm labourers, shop assistants, bricklayers, chauffeurs, university scholars or college porters, men from all walks of life united and became the Cambridgeshire Kitcheners. Sent to the Western Front in January 1916, they took part in some of the bloodiest battles of the war, including the Battle of the Somme.
One hundred and eighty-seven men lost their lives on 1 July 1916, most within a few minutes of each other, as they marched over the top into no man's land and shell and machine-gun fire.
This was not the end of their story. In early April, the battalion saw fierce fighting during the Battle of Arras and in a doomed assault on a heavily fortified position near Roux at the end of the month.
In 1918 they resisted the German Spring Offensive, never falling back without orders, despite parts of the battalion becoming cut off and nearly surrounded during the fighting.
Mixing personal accounts with official documents, this is the story of the Cambridgeshire Kitchener's war. Their momentous efforts are explained throughout this book, which is a timely reminder of this heroic battalion's dedication, skill and bravery.
The Campaign of Waterloo
By: Sir John Fortescue
By: Craig Cabell, Allan Richards, Graham A Thomas
From Calais to Colditz
By: Philip Pardoe
The Biography of Captain Bruce Bairnsfather
By: Major and Mrs Holt
The World War I Aviator's Pocket Manual
Edited by: Chris McNab
Nelson the Commander
By: Geoffrey Bennett
The Great War through Picture Postcards
By: Guus de Vries
Inside the Regiment
By: Carole Divall
A Pathfinder's Story
By: W W Robinson
The Secret Lives of Codebreakers
By: Sinclair Mckay
British Military Operations in Aden and Radfan
By: Nick Van der Bijl
Allied Intelligence and the Cover Up at Pointe Du Hoc
By: Gary Sterne
Allied Coastal Forces of World War II
By: John Lambert, Al Ross
Ireland and the Monarchy
Edited by: John Gibney
ShipCraft 1: German Pocket Battleships
By: Roger Chesneau