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The Carmarthen Pals [Hardcover]

Steven John
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17 Sep 2009
As a leading member of the Government on the outbreak of the Great War, David Lloyd George was anxious that his native land should play its part in the struggle. He initiated a recruitment drive for a specifically Welsh fighting force, of which the Carmarthen Pals were a component part. Trained at Rhyl on the North Wales coast, in April 1915 the Pals joined 114 Brigade of the 38th (Welsh) Division and crossed to France in December. The Pals went into the trenches at Givenchy, moving to the Somme in May 1916 in preparation for the Big Push . The battalion was part of the Welsh attack on Mametz Wood when the battle of the Somme opened in July, and later moved to the Ypres salient where in July 1917 it attacked Pilckem ridge as part of the Passchendaele battle. Later in the war, the Pals fought at Armentieres and the Albert sectors. In the closing months of the war the battalion suffered grevious casualties - losing 40 officers and 900 other ranks as it took part in the victorious counter-offensive that drove the Germans across the Ancre on the Somme to the Canal du Nord.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military; First edition edition (17 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848840772
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848840775
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 17.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The history of a Welsh unit, initially raised on the initiative of David Lloyd George in 1914. The Carmarthen Pals fought at Givenchy, attacked Mametz Wood on the Somme, and Pilckem ridge near Passchendaele and ended the war with casualties of 40 officers and 900 men killed as it drove the Germans back to the Canal du Nord. --Chris Buckland

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5.0 out of 5 stars They would be proud. 19 Oct 2009
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My great grandfather's younger brother, John Robert Noyes, served with the 15th Welsh. Sadly, he was killed during the battle for Mametz Wood. I have read quite a few books on the battle for Mametz Wood and on the history of the 38th (Welsh) Division. However, these only provided brief details on the exploits of the 15th Welsh. It's great that this battalion now has it's own official history. The book follows the battalion from it's formation until it was eventually disbanded in 1919. The appendicies are also great, and everyone who lost their lives serving with the battalion gets a mention. This is a book that tells their story. I think they would be proud of it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars WW1 Story 8 April 2014
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A very good read and well researched. The book brought to life the turmoil of the time in France, and the hardships that the troops went through in WW1.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Welsh Dragon 21 Mar 2014
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As a proud welsh man who's grandfather's who seen action in both wars it is nice to read about welsh regiments instead of the Irish English and Scottish nice read .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Carmarthen townie 21 Jan 2014
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A very interesting read the author must have had a great deal of patience in researching the history.having attended the grammar school and played rugby on the playing field I have never heard of an elephant having been buried beneath the playing learn something every day.
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