Military History

Our Military History titles are written using primary source documents, including personal diaries and war diaries held at the National Archive.

The 17th (Northern) Division on the Somme

by Wayne Osborne

These books are about the 17th (Northern) Division’s service in the Somme Campaign. The Division was originally made up of Kitchener Volunteers, men who had joined up in 1914. They have been written using the unit war diaries, personal diaries and letters of the people who were there.

The 17th Division comprised the 6th Dorsets, 7th Green Howards, 7th East Yorks, 10th West Yorks, 7th Borders, 7th Lincolns, 8th South Staffords, 10th Notts & Derbys, 9th Duke of Wellingtons, 9th Northumberland Fusiliers and 12th Manchesters.

Suvla 15

by Wayne Osborne

This book is not a history of the Gallipoli Campaign; there are many excellent works on that subject. This book is principally about the British Yeomanry, 2nd Mounted Division and their part in the Battle for Scimitar and W Hills at Suvla Bay on 21/22 August 1915. Suvla Bay is on the Gallipoli Peninsula and British forces were landed there in early August 1915 to make a base, north of Anzac Cove, for future operations.

A History of the 10th Battalion, The Notts & Derbys

by Wayne Osborne

The 10th Battalion, the Notts & Derbys, The Sherwood Foresters, spent the entire Great War on the Western Front. Consequently, this Kitchener Battalion saw action in most of the major engagements of the war.

The Diaries of Colonel Alexander Weston Jarvis

Edited by Keith Case & Wayne Osborne

“Adventurer, politician, soldier, socialite and later a Knight of the Realm”

The Boer War and Great War diaries of Alexander Weston Jarvis.

Joffrey’s War

by Geoffrey Ratcliff Husbands

Edited and Introduced by J M Bourne and Bob Bushaway

With a Foreword by Professor Peter Simkins MBE

Private Geoffrey Husbands served with the Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derbys) Regiment on the Western Front throughout the First World War.

A Sailor’s Diary

by Fred Cofield

Edited by Rob Wood

The diary of Fred Cofield, who joined the navy at the age of 15 in 1912 and served on HMS Inflexible, is edited by his grandson, Rob Wood.

Leicester to Libya

The War Journal of Private David Elliot Warren 10538835

This diary records the experiences of one young man plucked from a life in Leicester and transported to Scotland, South Africa, Egypt and the desert in the wake of the Eighth Army.