For King and Kaiser

Scenes from Saxony's War in Flanders 1914–1918

Andrew Lucas

Following on from their pioneering account of the Saxon army in the First World War -Fighting the Kaiser's War - Andrew Lucas and Jürgen Schmieschek have compiled this remarkable sequel which covers Saxony's war in Flanders in much greater detail.
Date Published :
December 2020
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Contributor(s) :
Jürgen Schmieschek
Illustration :
Over 300 black and white illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526748645
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9.5 X 7.5 inches
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Overview
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Following on from their pioneering account of the Saxon army in the First World War –Fighting the Kaiser’s War – Andrew Lucas and Jürgen Schmieschek have compiled this remarkable sequel which covers Saxony’s war in Flanders in much greater detail. Once again they draw on vivid extracts from personal accounts and letters as well as regimental and documents from the Saxon archives, and they illustrate their powerful study with hundreds of previously unpublished personal photos which show every aspect of wartime experience in the front line and the rear areas.

The role of the Saxon army in the three battles of Ypres is recorded in graphic detail, and rare photographs offer fresh perspectives on famous wartime locations on the Western Front including Ploegsteert Wood, the Menin Road, Bellewaarde, Wytschaete and Passchendaele. The historic photographs – and the insights provided by the accompanying text – give us a fascinating inside view of the Saxon soldiers and their relations with the local population who were obliged to host them.

The quality of the evocative personal material – text and images – collected by Andrew Lucas and Jürgen Schmieschek makes this exceptional work a major contribution to the literature on the German forces on the Western Front.

About The Author
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Andrew Lucas first developed his passionate interest in the Kingdom of Saxony and its army while researching his great grandfather Arno Bierast's wartime service with 4. Kgl. Sächs. Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr.48. He has published several articles on the Saxons in Stand To! and contributed extensive research from the German side for his father Michael's book The Journey's End Battalion. He is also an active member of the 1914-21 Society, the only 'living history' group in the UK devoted to the Great War on the Eastern Front.

Jürgen Schmieschek is a lifelong resident of Dresden. Since his first visit to Flanders in 1994 he has been fascinated by the First World War, and in particular how his fellow Saxons experienced the conflict. He has since traveled widely on the old Western and Eastern Fronts, formed friendships with fellow researchers and collectors in many countries, and amassed the extraordinary collection which forms the basis of this book. He has contributed to publications including several battlefield guidebooks to the Hartmannsweilerkopf, the Western Front Association’s Belgium publication Ten oorlog met schop and houweel and The Journeys End Battalion.

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