Barnsley Pals

The 13th & 14th Battalions York & Lancaster Regiment

By: Jon Cooksey
Supplied by: Pen and Sword

Format: Paperback
Series: Pals
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781473891982
Published: 26th May 2016
RRP / Print Price: £16.99

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Barnsley Pals

The "Pals" battalions were a phenomenon of the Great War, never repeated since. Under Lord Derby's scheme, and in response to Kitchener's famous call for a million volunteers, local communities raised (and initially often paid for) entire battalions for service on the Western Front. Their experience was all too frequently tragic, as men who had known each other all their lives, had worked, volunteered, and trained together, and had shipped to France together, encountered the first full fury of modern battle on the Somme in July 1916. Many of the Pals battalions would not long survive that first brutal baptism, but their spirit and fighting qualities have gone down into history - these were, truly, the cream of Britain's young men, and every single one of them was a volunteer. Barnsley Pals, the first of the highly successful "Pals" series is now released in paperback in the 100th anniversary year of the Battle of the Somme.


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