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The Fifth Leicestershire A Record Of The 1/5th Battalion The Leicestershire Regiment, T.F., During The War, 1914-1919.   By:

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The Fifth Leicestershire is a remarkable account of the 1/5th Battalion The Leicestershire Regiment, T.F., during the tumultuous years of the First World War. Authored by John David Hills, this book provides a comprehensive and insightful record of the battalion's experiences from 1914 to 1919.

Hills meticulously documents the battalion's journey, transporting readers back in time to the trenches and battlefields of the Western Front. The narrative is woven together through a combination of official war diaries, personal letters, and interviews, providing a multi-faceted perspective on the horrors and heroism of war.

What sets The Fifth Leicestershire apart is its attention to detail. Hills leaves no stone unturned, delving into not only the tactical aspects of warfare but also the emotional and psychological toll it took on the soldiers. Through vivid descriptions and firsthand accounts, readers can almost feel the bone-chilling cold, smell the acrid stench of warfare, and hear the deafening sounds of artillery fire.

One of the book's strengths lies in its portrayal of the specific experiences of the 1/5th Battalion. Hills paints a vivid picture of the brave men who fought under its banner, their camaraderie, and their determination to overcome adversity. By focusing on one specific unit, the author allows readers to connect with these individuals on a more personal level, making their sacrifices all the more poignant.

Moreover, Hills weaves in the broader historical context of the war, providing readers with a comprehensive understanding of the events that shaped the battalion's actions. The book explores not only the major battles but also the lesser-known skirmishes, giving readers a well-rounded perspective on the battalion's involvement in the war.

Despite the grim subject matter, Hills manages to infuse moments of hope and resilience throughout the narrative. The book highlights instances of soldierly humor, acts of bravery, and the resilience of the human spirit amidst the horrors of war. This adds depth and humanity to the story, illustrating the indomitable spirit of the soldiers who served.

While The Fifth Leicestershire is undoubtedly a treasure trove of information for military history enthusiasts and scholars, it is also accessible to a wider audience. Hills strikes a delicate balance between thorough research and engaging storytelling, making this book both informative and compelling.

In conclusion, The Fifth Leicestershire is a masterful account of the 1/5th Battalion The Leicestershire Regiment's experiences during World War I. John David Hills demonstrates a deep understanding of the subject matter, backed by extensive research and a compelling narrative style. This book pays tribute to the sacrifices made by the brave men who fought, shedding light on their experiences and ensuring that their stories are not forgotten.

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[Transcribers note: Many inconsistencies appeared in the original book and were retained in this version.]

[Illustration: OFFICERS, 1914.]


A record of the 1/5th Battalion the Leicestershire Regiment, T.F., during the War, 1914 1919.


CAPTAIN J.D. HILLS, M.C., Croix de Guerre.

With an introduction by

LT. COLONEL C.H. JONES, C.M.G., T.D., L├ęgion d'honneur (officier).










who has watched over us and lived with us in all our losses and in all our joys, this book is gratefully dedicated.


No literary merit is claimed for this book. It is intended to be a diary of our progress as a Battalion since mobilisation until the signing of peace, and the return of the Colours to Loughborough. I have written the first chapter, the remainder, including the maps, has been done by Captain J.D. Hills.

This is scarcely the place to attempt an estimate of what the members of our County Territorial Force Association, individually and collectively, have done for the 5th Leicestershire Regiment... Continue reading book >>

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