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The Doings of the Fifteenth Infantry Brigade August 1914 to March 1915   By: (1863-1937)

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In the book The Doings of the Fifteenth Infantry Brigade August 1914 to March 1915, Edward Gleichen offers readers a detailed and comprehensive account of the events that unfolded during a critical period of World War I. Through extensive research and his personal experience as a brigade commander, Gleichen masterfully brings the actions, challenges, and triumphs of the Fifteenth Infantry Brigade to life.

One of the distinguishing features of Gleichen's account is his ability to meticulously describe the various battles and operations that the brigade took part in. From the heat and chaos of Mons to the bitter cold of Ypres, the author vividly portrays the grim realities faced by the soldiers on the frontlines. Gleichen's attention to detail and his inclusion of primary sources, such as letters and diaries, allow readers to immerse themselves in the war experience, gaining a deeper understanding of the sacrifices made by the brave men serving under him.

Moreover, Gleichen's writing style is both engaging and informative. Despite the complex nature of military operations, the author manages to clearly explain the tactical decisions made by commanders and the strategic implications of their actions. This makes the book accessible to both military history enthusiasts and casual readers seeking a greater understanding of this crucial period in World War I.

One of the book's notable strengths is its focus on the human side of war. Gleichen not only provides insight into the actions of the brigade but also delves into the personal stories and experiences of individual soldiers. By highlighting the bravery, camaraderie, and resilience of these men, readers gain a greater appreciation for the sacrifices made by soldiers on the frontlines.

However, one limitation of the book lies in its relatively narrow scope. As the title suggests, the narrative covers only the period between August 1914 and March 1915. While this focus allows for a detailed exploration of the brigade's experiences during this time, it leaves readers craving a fuller understanding of the brigade's involvement in subsequent battles and campaigns.

In conclusion, The Doings of the Fifteenth Infantry Brigade August 1914 to March 1915 is an essential read for anyone interested in the history of World War I. Edward Gleichen's meticulous research, compelling writing style, and emphasis on the human experience provide readers with a comprehensive account of the Fifteenth Infantry Brigade's actions during this critical period. Although the book's narrow focus may leave readers desiring more, it remains a valuable resource for understanding the sacrifices and achievements of the soldiers who served during the early stages of the Great War.

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[Illustration: L. de St. A. J. T. W. G. A. L. M. B. R. E. B. photo by Lieut. H. M. Cadell, R.E. Some Of Brigade Headquarters.]



Its Commander

Brigadier General COUNT GLEICHEN, (now Major General Lord Edward Gleichen), K.C.V.O., C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O.

William Blackwood & Sons Edinburgh and London 1917


The following pages not in the first instance intended for publication contain an expanded version of the very scrappy Diary which I kept in France from day to day.

The version was intended for private home consumption only, and has necessarily had to be pruned of certain personal matters before being allowed to make its bow to the public. I have purposely refrained from adding to it in the light of subsequent events.

I trust that the reader will consequently bear in mind the essentially individual and impressionist aspects of this little work, and will not expect to find either rigidly historical, professional, or critical matter therein.

G. 14th August 1917.


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