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Norman Ten Hundred A Record of the 1st (Service) Bn. Royal Guernsey Light Infantry   By:

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Norman Ten Hundred is an extraordinary and meticulously written historical account that sheds light on the heroic actions of the 1st (Service) Battalion Royal Guernsey Light Infantry during World War I. Penned by A. Stanley Blicq, this book serves as a tribute to the valiant soldiers who fought for their country with unwavering commitment and unwavering bravery.

Blicq's attention to detail and extensive research are commendable. The author delves deep into the battalion's formation and follows its journey from training in Guernsey to the battlefields of France and Belgium. Through vivid descriptions, the book vividly portrays the harrowing realities of trench warfare, pulling readers into the heart-wrenching struggles faced by these soldiers.

What sets Norman Ten Hundred apart is its ability to balance the broader historical context with personal narratives. Blicq seamlessly weaves together official records, diaries, letters, and interviews to provide a multi-dimensional perspective. The result is a compelling narrative that not only chronicles large-scale battles but also gives voice to individual experiences, capturing the triumphs and tragedies of war.

One of the book's most notable strengths lies in the author's ability to humanize the soldiers. Blicq gives life to the brave men of the 1st Battalion, highlighting their fears, camaraderie, and sacrifices. The reader is transported to the trenches alongside these soldiers, sharing their triumphs and mourning their losses. This human element allows us to connect with the characters on a deeper level, fostering a greater understanding and respect for their sacrifices.

Additionally, the inclusion of maps, photographs, and illustrations further enhances the reader's understanding of the battalion's movements and the harsh conditions they endured. These visual aids not only provide clarity but also allow readers to immerse themselves in the historical events being recounted.

One potential criticism of the book is that it predominantly focuses on the 1st (Service) Battalion, potentially leaving readers curious about the actions and experiences of other units within the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry. However, it is important to note that the author's decision to concentrate on one battalion allows for a more detailed and comprehensive exploration of their achievements.

In conclusion, Norman Ten Hundred is a remarkable and poignant tribute to the 1st (Service) Battalion Royal Guernsey Light Infantry. A. Stanley Blicq's meticulous research, vivid storytelling, and dedication to honoring the soldiers showcase a profound respect for history and those who shaped it. This book is a must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the sacrifices made by individuals during World War I and a reminder of the extraordinary courage exhibited by ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances.

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A Record of the 1st (Service) Bn. Royal Guernsey Light Infantry

Guernsey: Printed at The Guernsey Press Co., Ltd., Smith Street and Le Marchant Street. 1920.

This modest work is dedicated to:


in appreciation of her genial personality, strong moral courage and unhesitating adherence to duty as she conceived it.

And also to:


in memory of those Great Days when we marched the Long Trail together; shared the same sorrows, the same mirth; and now the same memories, far away, indistinct; laughter merged with the tears. A. STANLEY BLICQ. Guernsey, 1920.



Guernsey named Sarnia by the Romans one of the Channel Isles from out the sun swathed romance of whose shores rallied a fierce band of Norman warriors to the aid of their Duke, William of Normandy; afterwards the Conqueror, at Hastings, 1066. In reward for their valour William granted the Isles the independence they maintain to this day. From Guernsey something approaching 7,000 men have gone out into the Great Undertaking... Continue reading book >>

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