The Lion and the Rose. Volume 1

The 4th Battalion the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment 1914-1919

Kevin Shannon

 
Date Published :
September 2015
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Language:
English
Illustration :
41 black and white illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781781554388
Pages : 416
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$45.00

Overview
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The Rose and the Lion tells the story of an infantry battalion in the Great War. Based on many unpublished sources, the book narrates the individual parts played by nearly 2,000 of those who served with the 4th King's Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment from the day that war was declared in 1914 until the armistice in 1918 and in a few cases, the stories of men whose war continued long afterwards. The battalion first saw action in Festubert in May 1915 and went on to fight on the Somme, the Ypres Salient and Gillemont Farm, though the battalion's epic stand at Givenchy on 9 April 1918 must rate as one of the greatest defensive actions of the war. Using contemporary combat reports, many of the major actions are described down to individual platoon level. The Rose and the Lion does not just concentrate on the major battles, but also examines everyday life in the trenches. Appendices give the most complete battalion roll to date and list those awarded medals for their bravery and also those nominated unsuccessfully for recognition.

About The Author
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Kevin Shannon was educated at St Edward’s College, Liverpool, enlisting in the Army straight from school. His varied Army career included service in an Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment, Intelligence and the infantry. After leaving the military he studied for a degree in Liverpool and then taught history for many years. His hobbies have included competitive pistol shooting, motorsport and piloting light aircraft. He has also been a long-time volunteer with International Rescue Corps, retiring as their Assistant Operational Director in late 2015. Shannon is now a full-time writer and historian.

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