Ulster will Fight. Volume 2

The 36th (Ulster) Division in training and at war 1914-1918

David Truesdale

Date Published :
September 2016
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Illustration :
c 375 b&w photos and illustrations
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ISBN : 9781910777633
Pages : 504
Dimensions : 9.75 X 6.75 inches
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Despite what has been written in many books and magazine articles, the Ulster Division was not formed overnight by an en bloc enlistment from the Ulster Volunteer Force and Young Citizen Volunteers, nor were the YCV the youth wing of the UVF, as some believe. Despite the surge of patriotic enlistments on the outbreak of war, by December 1914 there was still a shortfall of 1,697 men, the majority of these shortages being in the divisional troops, not the infantry brigades. It was proving difficult to fill the ranks of the Royal Army Medical Corps, Army Service Corps, Cyclist Company and Royal Engineers, in fact any unit that required a degree of mechanical skill, however small. Despite these initial difficulties the Division sailed for France in October 1915 and by the following June had gained ample experience in trench life. However it was 1 July 1916, that would change the Division from naive volunteers into battle hardened warriors and ensure their undying fame.

This study follows the division from its creation through to disbandment, drawing extensively on unpublished materials, official documents and newspapers. In doing so it provides an up-to-date picture of this famous and important formation.

About The Author

David Truesdale took early retirement in 1998 and since then has written for films and television and produced battlefield guides for the Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum, The First Eagle: the 87th Foot at the Battle of Barrosa and Regulars by God! The 89th Foot at the Battle of Lundy’s Lane. He is the author of Brotherhood of the Cauldron: Irishmen in the 1st Airborne Division at Arnhem; Angels and Heroes, the story of a machine gunner with the Royal Irish Fusiliers 1914 to April 1915 (with Amanda Moreno); Irish Winners of the Victoria Cross (with Richard Doherty); Leading the Way to Arnhem: a History of the 21st Independent Parachute Company (with Peter Gijbles); Arnhem, Their Final Battle: the 11th Parachute Battalion (with Gerrit Pijpers obe); Victoria’s Harvest: The Irish Soldier in the Zulu War of 1879 (with John Young) and Young Citizen Old Soldier: the Journal of Rifleman James McRoberts. With David R Orr he has written The Rifles are There: 1st and 2nd Battalions Royal Ulster Rifles in the Second World War and A New Battlefield: The Royal Ulster Rifles in Korea. For relaxation he paints in watercolour, listens to good music, drinks red wine and finds that Tommaso Albinoni (1671-1750) and his ‘Oboe Concerto in D Minor’ has been an inspiration during difficult times in any manuscript.


"It is a work standing head and shoulders above many lesser books which have undeservedly reaped sales benefits during the last three plus years of the Great War publishing fest.”

- Stand to!

" … this is a detailed narrative which makes best use of certain underexploited resources to bring the human story of the division vividly to life.”

- Society of Friends of the National Army Museum

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