Up the Micks!

An Illustrated History of the Irish Guards

James Wilson

* Highly illustrated large-format history of the Irish Guards

* Over 1000 images chronicling the Irish Guards through the world wars, the Gulf War, the war in Afghanistan and peace-keeping duties throughout the world

* A fascinating portrait of a family regiment during formal and informal occasions

* Features an extensive appendices recordin
Date Published :
May 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473835634
Pages : 352
Dimensions : 11 X 8.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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The unique history of The Micks – the Irish Guards – is chronicled in over 1000 images, starting with their formation in 1900 and taking the reader through to the recent war in Afghanistan. It is the story of a remarkable family regiment that continues to enhance the values, standards and reputation of the British infantry in an ever-changing world.

The two world wars are covered in detail with dramatic pictures. The First World War – the brick stacks at Cuinchy under fire, where O’Leary won his VC – and the Second World War – the inferno of the transport ship Chobry off the coast of Norway and the first ever German King Tiger tank seen in action brought to a halt by the Irish Guards without firing a shot. More recently, the Micks were involved in internal security duties in Palestine, Cyprus, Malaya, Aden, Northern Ireland and the Balkans. They led the way into Iraq in the Second Gulf War and shed blood in Afghanistan.

The book shows the development of regimental soldiering from the rigidity of the Victorian era, through the horrors of the trenches to armored warfare in Europe and light infantry soldiering worldwide – all the time upholding the finest traditions of the Foot Guards. In an army that prides itself on the strength of the regimental system, the Irish Guards have created a distinctive and enduring ethos of their own.

This is not just a cold regimental history but has been compiled to show the Micks’ ability to find humor even in the most adverse conditions while demonstrating excellence at both operational and ceremonial soldiering. It also contains, in an extensive set of appendices, a remarkable record of facts about the regiment – the people, places and events in the history of the Irish Guards – which will serve as an invaluable source of information for future generations.

About The Author

James Wilson was born in Northern Ireland in 1953. In 1972, he followed family tradition and entered the printing industry. Having moved to London in 1979, he went on to run his own business through the 1980s. Since 1993 he has worked for the Metropolitan Police Service.


"A superb pictorial history of the Irish Guards which begins with the regiment's formation in 1900 and brings the reader right up to the present day. I would have liked to have seen sources cited on more of the illustrations and photos, and it is unfortunate that the date of the regiment's first presentation of the colors is given as May 2002 rather than May 1902. However, these are minor quibbles and there is much to recommend this book, including useful appendices that detail everything over the years from gallantry awards and the evolving Colors to names of colonels and senior NCOs. This will be a very distracting coffee-table book as well as a quick and easy source of reference. I've only just started dipping into my copy but it's going to sit very comfortably with my other Guards regimental histories and I know it's going to be useful. Grenadiers, Coldstreams and Scots, take note."

- Army Ancestry Research

"Highlighting both ceremonial and operational soldiering, this color-illustrated coffee table book offers a history of the Irish Guards, from 1900 through the two world wars and into current activities such as their role in the war in Afghanistan. About 75 pages of appendices offer data on medals, honors, flags, decorations, leaders, musical bands and directors, locations, and the Irish Guards wolfhounds. The book contains a wealth of color historical and contemporary photos, illustrations, newspaper clippings, and political cartoons."

- ProtoView

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