“the indescribable bravery of individuals, and the dogged determination which inspired all ranks.”
On the outbreak of war the 1st Battalion were in India. The 2nd were in Sheffield. Both were sent to the Western Front as soon as able.
Both battalions would remain there for the entirety of the war.
They endured merciless conditions when in the front line.
1st and 2nd Battalions the Sherwood Foresters in the Great War examines each battle they fought from the Aisne in 1914 to victory in 1918.
Written by Colonel H. C. Wylly, who was a Colonel in the regiment, it is a fascinating blend of official history and personal understanding.
Among some of the battles of the Sherwood Foresters were the infamous battlefields of Neuve Chapelle, Loos, Ypres and the Somme.
At its heart, this regimental history captures the “stiff upper lip” attitude and the resilience these two battalions showed in the face of death.
Those with an interest in the military, or in the history of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, will find this a must-read.
Praise for the 1st and 2nd Battalions the Sherwood Foresters in the Great War
‘First rate history written with Wylly’s usual fluency’ – National Army Museum
‘A monumental work’ – Major-General Sir Vere B. Fane
Harold Carmichael Wylly (1859-1932) was a British colonel and military historian.
Colonel Wylly published a number of military-based books, including a regimental history of Sir Joseph Thackwell. His later works specialised in the First World War. Colonel Wylly served in many wars including the Anglo-Egyptian War and the Second Boer War.
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