Against the Tommies

History of 26 Reserve Division 1914 - 1918

David Bilton

Date Published :
May 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
450 images
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473833678
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 6.75 X 5.25 inches
Stock Status : Out of stock


This unique collection of images details the travels of a German infantry division along the entire Western Front, where it fought from the start until the end of the war. Interspersed with the captions and photographs are brief summaries of the actions the division fought in, first against the French and then the British. What makes this book particularly interesting to British readers is the unique focus provided on battles many are already familiar with, such as the Somme, Flanders and Arras. Also covered are the initial combats with the French in the Vosges, an area about which little has been written in English.

The photographs were chosen by the men of the division to form a commemorative book (a record of service), published in 1920, that detailed their experiences in the four years of war. None of the photographs have appeared in a British publication, so each will be fresh to the reader. Arranged chronologically, the illustrations show the changes behind the front as well as life on the line. The focus is largely on the photographs, taken by men of one the best divisions in the German Army, with a brief text that shows what they felt of their situation and where they went. The book provides a completely new look at life in the German Army during the war.

About The Author

David Bilton is a retired teacher who spends his time looking after his family, working as a University lecturer and researching the Great War. He is the prolific author of numerous books about the British Army, the Home Front and the German Army. His first book, The Hull Pals, became the BBC 2 series The Trench. Since he started writing he has contributed to many television and radio programmes. His interest in the Great War was ignited by his grandfather's refusal to talk about his experiences in Gallipoli and on the Western Front.


"This largely photographic work has an accompanying informative narrative as well as detailed captions for the many images used. The work follows, through the use of images, the travels of a German infantry division along the Western Front. The photos used were chosen by the men of division after the war for use in a commemorative book published in 1920. With photographs previously unpublished in Britain, this is a valuable pictorial record of the German army at war. Very interesting work 9/10"

- Great War Magazine

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