The Norfolk Regiment on the Western Front

1914-1918

Steve Smith

The book tells the story of the five Battalions of the Norfolk Regiment who served on the Western Front using previously unseen evidence and photos with full access to museum archives, enabling the men who served to tell their story. Fresh maps & advice complement this research with the book serving as a guide for the ground covered in its pages.
Date Published :
August 2021
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
80
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781558270
Pages : 416
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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$50.00

Overview
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Steve Smith tells the story of the five Battalions of the Norfolk Regiment who served on the Western Front using previously unseen photographs, diaries, accounts, and letters. He has also had full access to the Norfolk Regiment Museum archives. It is the men who served in the Norfolks who will tell this story.

This book will interest readers nationally & locally as it not only studies the Regiment’s participation in well-known battles such as Ypres and the Somme, but also takes a fresh look at the lesser-known battles fought, battles such as Elouges in 1914 and Kaiserschlacht in 1918. Steve has considered the German perspective too, looking at the men who faced them at places such as Falfemont Farm in 1916.

Using new evidence from the Regiment’s participation in the Christmas Truce, he separates the truth from myth surrounding the stories of soccer played at this time, a controversy that still rages.

Steve has walked the ground over which they fought and fresh maps complement this research so the book serves as a history book for those at home and a guidebook for those who wish to get out and explore, down to trench level, the ground covered in its pages.

About The Author
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Steve Smith is a successful magazine editor and writer who penned the bestselling sports autobiographies To the Point, for bad-boy cricketer Herschelle Gibbs, and SuperVan & I, for motor-racing legend Sarel van der Merwe. Steve is also an enthusiastic mountain-biker, having completed several multiday stage races. He is the editor of CAR magazine, and was previously at the helm of Red Bull’s magazine, The Red Bulletin, and Sports Illustrated. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Foreword
Acknowledgements
Glossary of Terms
An Overview of Cemeteries and Memorials
Memorials in Belgium and France
Introduction

1 The Road to War: June to August 1914
2 1st Battalion, Élouges to La Bassée: 4 August to 30 October 1914
3 1st Battalion, Messines-Wulverghem Road: Christmas Truce 1914
4 The Service Battalions of the Norfolk Regiment: The Kitchener Men
51st Battalion, St Eloi and Hill 60: March to June 1915
6 Trench Warfare and the Service Battalions Initial Moves: May to August 1915
7 The 7th and 9th Battalions, The Battles of Loos, The Quarries: 26 September to 13 October 1915
8 On the Eve of the Somme, The Norfolk Regiment Battalions: 30 June 1916
9 The 8th Battalion, The Battle of the Somme, Montauban to Delville Wood: 1–19 July 1916
10 The 1st Battalion, The Battle of the Somme, High Wood and Longueval, 21–27 July 1916
11 The 6th (Cyclist) Battalion to the Somme and the 7th Battalion at Ovillers to 6th Avenue Trench: 3 July to 13 August 1916
12 The 1st and 9th Battalions, The Battle of the Somme, Falfemont Farm to Morval: 4–25 September 1916;2 13 The 8th Battalion, The Battle of the Somme, Thiepval to the Schwaben Redoubt: 26 September to 5 October 1916
14 The 7th and 9th Battalions, The Battle of the Somme, Bayonet and Mild Trenches: 12–18 October 1916
12 The Norfolk Regiment on the Western Front 1914–1918 15 The 8th Battalion, The Battle of the Somme, Regina Trench: 21–23 October 1916
16 The 8th Battalion, Operations on the Ancre, Boom Ravine to Irles: 17 February to 10 March 1917
17 The 7th Battalion, First Battle of the Scarpe, Maison Rouge: 9 April 1917
18 The 1st Battalion, La Coulotte: 23 April 1917
19 The 7th Battalion, The Battle of Arleux, Rifle Trench: 28 April 1917
20 The 1st Battalion, Oppy Wood: 28 June 1917
21 The 9th Battalion, Hill 70, Loos: 1 July to 3 October 1917
22 The 1st and 8th Battalions, The Third Battle of Ypres: 31 July to 22 October 1917
23 Shot at Dawn, Private John Abigail (9694), 8th Battalion Norfolk Regiment
24 The 7th and 9th Battalions, The Battle of Cambrai, Ribécourt to Nine Wood: 20 November to 7 December 1917
25 The 7th and 9th Battalions, The Kaiser’s Battle, Lagnicourt to Bouzincourt Ridge: 21 March to 5 April 1918
26 The 9th Battalion, The Battle of the Lys, Neuve-Église to Château Segard: 1–29 April 1918
27 The 12th (Norfolk Yeomanry) Battalion, Nieppe Forest: 25 June to 27 July 1918
28 The 7th Battalion, The Battle of Amiens, Morlancourt: 8–9 August 1918
29 The 12th (Norfolk Yeomanry) Battalion, The Advance into Flanders, Vieux Berquin, and Bailleul: 18–31 August 1918
30 The 1st and 7th Battalions, The Battle of Albert and Bapaume: 21 August to 3 September 1918
31 The 1st Battalion, Norfolk Pioneers: 2 December 1916 to 30 August 1918
32 The 7th and 9th Battalions, The Battles of the Hindenburg Line, Nurlu to the St Quentin Canal: 27-30 September 1918
33 The 1st Battalion, Battle of the Canal du Nord, Gouzeaucourt to Gonnelieu: 28-30 September 1918
34 The 1st and 9th Battalions, Cambrai and the Pursuit to the Selle, Brancourt to Bazuel: 8-25 October 1918
35 The 12th Battalion, The Final Advance into Flanders, St Yves to Audenarde: 11 September to 31 October 1918
36 The 1st Battalion, The Battle of the Sambre, The Forest of Mormal: 5-8 November 1918
37 Armistice
38 Boy Soldiers

Postscript
Appendix: Commanding Officers for the Five Battalions
Bibliography
Index

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