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ISBN: 9780857041555
AUTHOR: T. S. Crawford
The Canadian Army on Salisbury Plain
The Canadian Army on Salisbury Plain
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At the start of the Great War Canada recruited a First Contingent of 30,600 men who, together with 537 men from Newfoundland, arrived in England in October 1914. They spent the next 16 weeks mostly in tents on Salisbury Plain in one of the wettest winters on record, enduring poor equipment, re-organizations, floods, mud and disease and helping to build hutted camps.

Training suffered and discipline was questionable but both countriesí officers and men went on to show immense fighting courage, the Canadians saving the day at the second Battle of Ypres soon after leaving England.

As well as detailing all its hardships, this book describes the Contingentís formation, its arrival in Plymouth, military and recreational experiences on and off the Plain, and relationships with local people.

The Canadian Army on Salisbury Plain presents a fascinating and detailed view of an otherwise neglected aspect of the First World War, when soldiers from far-flung parts of the King-Emperorís Dominion rallied to the imperial flag and sailed thousands of miles to take part in the greatest armed struggle the world had ever known.

T. S. Crawford was educated at Marlborough College, close to Salisbury Plain, and studied the areaís military history as a school project. After a career as a government press officer specializing in employment measures, he spent several years researching the Plainís military history between 1897 and 1920. He knows the locality intimately from cycling and walking and now spends several days a week on voluntary environmental work.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 155 5, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published June 2012.

A Brummie Boy Goes to WarA Brummie Boy Goes to War - £12.99
Andrew Norman's remarkable biography of Thomas Waldin, a 19-year-old from a working class area of Birmingham, blinded in the first months of the First World War, who became an early patient at St Dunstan's and his ultimate battle to achieve "victory over blindness". A journey through the unimaginable horror of the trenches to a poignant contrast in the supreme courage and determination of one who survived it.
Norfolk in the Great WarNorfolk in the Great War - £19.99
Themes explored in this fascinating work by Neil Storey include the road to war in 1914, how the county mobilized, recruitment, zeppelin raiders, spy scares,The Norfolk Regiment, local heroes, life on the Home Front, the War Hospitals that were set up by almost every town and many villages the county, the Armistice and the aftermath of war.
The Pride of NorfolkThe Pride of Norfolk - £19.99
This book by Norfolk historian Neil Storey traces the history of the Norfolk Territorial Battalions in two World Wars. It captures the sense of pride of the men who served and includes many first-hand accounts of bravery and sacrifice and is illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs.
Liverpool BlitzedLiverpool Blitzed - £19.99
By comparing the wartime image to the modern viewpoint this book by Neil Holmes gives the reader a link to the cityís experiences that mere statistics can never convey. The book covers not just famous landmarks like the Liver Buildings but also ordinary houses, churches and pubs. It will inspire anyone, whether local or not to reflect on the sacrifice and bravery of Liverpool people in the cityís darkest hour.
Web Price: £19.99
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