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A Short History of the 6th Division Aug. 1914-March 1919   By: (1866-)

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A Short History of the 6th Division Aug. 1914-March 1919 by Thomas Owen Marden is an incredibly detailed and thoroughly researched account of the experiences of the 6th Division throughout World War I. Marden's work shines a light on the division's courageous efforts, capturing the true essence of the soldiers' sacrifices during this tumultuous period in history.

The author's meticulous documentation is evident from the very beginning, as he expertly weaves together personal narratives, official war reports, and various other primary sources. This allows readers to delve into the personal experiences of the troops, gaining a deep understanding of the challenges they faced both on and off the battlefield.

One of the book's strongest attributes lies in its ability to provide a comprehensive overview of the division's activities over a five-year period. Marden meticulously breaks down the key battles, engagements, and strategic movements, providing readers with a clear picture of the division's contributions to the war effort. The author's attention to detail is commendable, as he goes beyond the military operations, touching upon the division's social aspects, administrative challenges, and even the soldier's quality of life during their time in service.

The narrative is well-structured, moving fluidly from one aspect of the 6th Division's story to another. Marden's writing style is straightforward and engaging, making this historical account accessible to both casual readers and those with a more academic interest. The inclusion of maps, photographs, and sketches further enhances the reader's understanding, enabling a visual connection to the events described.

However, despite the author's commendable efforts, the book does have a few minor drawbacks. From time to time, the abundance of names, dates, and details can feel overwhelming, making it challenging to keep track of individuals and events. Additionally, the narrative occasionally lacks a more personal touch, with the personal stories sometimes getting buried under extensive military operations and logistics.

Nevertheless, A Short History of the 6th Division Aug. 1914-March 1919 is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the history of the division or the Great War in general. Marden's dedication and commitment to preserving the memory of these brave soldiers shines through his work, preserving the legacy of the 6th Division for future generations.

In conclusion, this book is a must-read for history enthusiasts, scholars, and anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the events surrounding World War I. Marden's passion for preserving the stories of these soldiers is evident throughout, making this historical account an engaging and enlightening read.

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Aug. 1914 March 1919

Edited by


London Hugh Rees, Ltd. 5 & 7 Regent Street, S.W.1 1920


This short history has been compiled mainly from the War Diaries.

My reason for undertaking the task is that there was no one else to do it, the units composing the Division being scattered far and wide, and there being no Divisional habitat with local historians as in the case of Territorial and New Army Divisions. My object is that all who served with the Division for any period between 1914 1919 may have a record to show that they belonged to a Division which played no inconspicuous part in the Great War.

I regret that it has been impossible to tabulate the honours (except V.C.s) won by officers and men of the Division, and it is also inevitable that the names of many individuals to whom the success of the Division in many operations was largely due should go unrecorded. The Infantry naturally bulk large in the picture, but they would be the first to admit that their success could not have been obtained without the splendid co operation of the Artillery, who are sometimes not even mentioned in the narrative; and this theme might be elaborated considerably.

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