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The War Service of the 1/4 Royal Berkshire Regiment (T. F.)   By: (1887-1941)

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The War Service of the 1/4 Royal Berkshire Regiment (T. F.) by C. R. M. F. (Charles Robert Mowbray Fraser) Cruttwell is an extensive and invaluable account of the regiment's activities during World War I. Through meticulous research and first-hand narratives, Cruttwell presents a vivid and comprehensive picture of the regiment's experiences throughout the conflict.

One of the notable strengths of this book lies in its detailed description of the 1/4 Royal Berkshire Regiment's journey from its formation to its eventual disbandment. Cruttwell takes the reader on a chronological and engaging exploration of the regiment's various campaigns, including their participation in major battles such as the Somme, Ypres, and Passchendaele. By presenting a thorough analysis of the strategic decisions, challenges faced, and the personal experiences of individual soldiers, Cruttwell enriches our understanding of the regiment's contributions to the war effort.

The author's meticulous research is evident throughout every chapter. Cruttwell draws upon a vast array of primary and secondary sources, including official reports, personal diaries, and letters, to construct a detailed and informative narrative. This not only provides readers with accurate and reliable information but also conveys the individual stories and emotions of the soldiers who served in the regiment. By incorporating these personal accounts, Cruttwell ensures that the book resonates on a more intimate level, giving readers a greater appreciation for the sacrifices made by the 1/4 Royal Berkshire Regiment.

Cruttwell's writing style is crisp and engaging, making the book accessible to both the avid military historian and the general reader interested in World War I. Despite its scholarly rigor, the book never veers into dry, monotonous territory. Instead, the author's passion for the subject matter seeps through the pages, making it a captivating read.

One minor criticism, however, is the occasional lack of wider context. While Cruttwell presents a thorough account of the regiment's operations, readers seeking a broader historical understanding of World War I may need to refer to supplemental sources. Furthermore, the absence of maps in some chapters can make it challenging to fully grasp the geographical dimensions of certain battles.

Overall, The War Service of the 1/4 Royal Berkshire Regiment (T. F.) is an indispensable resource for those seeking a detailed account of this particular regiment's contributions during World War I. Cruttwell's extensive research and engaging narrative present a valuable and authentic perspective on the experiences of the soldiers who served in the 1/4 Royal Berkshire Regiment. Whether one has a specific interest in military history or simply wishes to gain a deeper understanding of the human impact of war, this book is a captivating and enlightening read.

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Late Captain 1/4 Royal Berks. Regt., Fellow Of Hertford College, And Formerly Fellow Of All Souls College, Oxford

[Illustration: Colonel O. PEARCE SEROCOLD, C.M.G., V.D. Commanding On Mobilization 5 Aug. 1914 To 14 Feb. 1916.]

Oxford Basil Blackwell MCMXXII

Oxford Fox, Jones & Co., Kemp Hall Press, High Street.



Chapter I Mobilisation and training.

Chapter II First Days on Active Service.

Chapter III Holding the Line at 'Plugstreet'.

Chapter IV On the Move and in Corps Reserve.

Chapter V Relieving the French at Hébuterne.

Chapter VI Summer and Autumn in Artois.

Chapter VII Winter in the Trenches.

Chapter VIII The new Trench and the Raid.

Chapter IX Before the Battle.

Chapter X The July Fighting at Pozières.

Chapter XI Rest and Battle.

Chapter XII Uneventful Days.

Chapter XIII In the Slough of Despond.

Chapter XIV The Winter and the German Retreat.

Chapter XV Ronssoy.

Chapter XVI Towards the Hindenburg Line.

Chapter XVII The Renewal of Trench Warfare.

Chapter XVIII The Third Battle of Ypres... Continue reading book >>

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