Military History

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

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 The Division was originally made up of Kitchener Volunteers, men who had joined up in 1914.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.

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.

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.

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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.