The Doings of the Fifteenth Infantry Brigade, August 1914 to March 1915 by Lord Edward Gleichen | Project Gutenberg

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‘The following pages … contain an expanded version of the very scrappy Diary which I kept in France from day to day’. Edward Gleichen, a distant relative of Queen Victoria, was the son of Prince Victor of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (who settled in England and made a career in the Royal Navy), and as such a member of the German nobility. In 1917, he was forced to relinquish his German title of Count, and instead became known as Lord Gleichen, though unlike other members of the Royal Family, was able to retain his German surname. He commanded the 37th Division from 1915 to 1916, and later became Director of Intelligence in the Department of Information.

The 15th Infantry Brigade, commanded by Gleichen, formed part of the 5th Division, landing in France in August 1914 as part of the original British Expeditionary Force.

CONTENTS.
UP TO THE EVE OF MONS: pp. 1-21
THE BATTLE OF MONS: pp. 22-38
MONS TO LE CATEAU: pp. 39-43
LE CATEAU: pp. 44-56
THE RETREAT: pp. 57-86
THE ADVANCE: pp. 87-93
THE MARNE: pp. 94-102
TO THE AISNE: pp. 103-111
THE AISNE: pp. 112-140
WESTWARD HO!: pp. 141-149
ABBEVILLE TO BÉTHUNE: pp. 150-157
GIVENCHY AND FESTUBERT: pp. 158-198
TO BAILLEUL: pp. 199-205
TO YPRES: pp. 206-208
THE FIRST BATTLE OF YPRES: pp. 209-248
BACK TO LOCRE: pp. 249-251
TRENCH LIFE OPPOSITE MESSINES: pp. 252-280
GIVING UP COMMAND: pp. 281-283

Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood & Sons, 1917

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Richard Marshall is studying for a doctorate in the literature of ancient Rome at Wadham College, Oxford, and is a tutor for Ancient History at St Benet’s Hall. In addition to Classics, he has a long-standing interest in the tactics and material culture of the British Army, especially of the period spanned by the Cardwell Reforms and First World War. He has a large collection of original uniform and equipment items used for teaching and research purposes, and is currently exploring the evolution of British military clothing and accoutrements in response to changes in fashion and warfare for eventual publication. He previously worked as a cataloguer for the Oxford University Great War Archive.
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