The War Service of the 1/4 Royal Berkshire Regiment (T. F.) by C. R. M. F. Cruttwell | Project Gutenberg

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History of the 1/4th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment, by Charles Robert Mowbray Fraser Cruttwell. After the war Cruttwell resumed his lectureship in history at the University of Oxford, and in 1934 published his influential ‘A History of the Great War 1914-1918’.

The battalion in which Cruttwell served, a unit of the Territorial Army, arrived in France on 31st March 1915 and joined the 48th (South Midland) Division in May. Thereafter it fought on the Western Front in France and Flanders until, in November 1917, it moved with the 48th Division to Italy.

I: Mobilisation and training.
II: First days on active service.
III: Holding the line at ‘Plugstreet’.
IV: On the move and in corps reserve.
V: Relieving the french at Hébuterne.
VI: Summer and autumn in Artois.
VII: Winter in the trenches.
VIII: The new trench and the raid.
IX: Before the battle.
X: The july fighting at Pozières.
XI: Rest and battle.
XII: Uneventful days.
XIII: In the slough of despond.
XIV: The winter and the German retreat.
XV: Ronssoy.
XVI: Towards the Hindenburg Line.
XVII: The renewal of trench warfare.
XVIII: The Third Battle of Ypres.
XIX: Last days in France and the journey to Italy.
XX: The Italian winter.
XXI: Mountain warfare.
XXII: The last summer.
XXIII: Victory.
Appendix A.
Appendix B.

Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1922.

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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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