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The Shiny Seventh: The 7th (Service) Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment at War, 1915-1918 (Publications Bedfordshire Hist Rec Soc) [Hardcover]

M. G. Deacon
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14 Sep 2004 Publications Bedfordshire Hist Rec Soc (Book 83)
Seldom have any troops shown such brilliant dash and utter contempt for the Bosch. Diary entry recorded during the Third Battle of Ypres. The Shiny Seventh was an ordinary Kitchener battalion, a body of men raised for the duration of the war, forming part of an ordinary county regiment. They saw extraordinary things and performed extraordinary actions as part of 18th (Eastern) Division, one of the most consistently successful British divisions on the Western Front. This is their story as told by their successive adjutants in the official War Diary. It tells of the drudgery of the trenches, fatigues, entertainment and endless training, including that of the newly arrived Americans in 1918. It also chronicles a rare success on the First Day of the Battle of the Somme, confusion at Arras, dash and gallantry at Ypres, endurance during the great retreat of March 1918 and a final 'backs to the wall' fight in front of Amiens that was instrumental in safeguarding the position of the entire British army in France and thus the outcome of the war itself. The personal diary of one of its subalterns, Henry Cartwright, is included as an appendix, courtesy of his great nephew, along with descriptions of the battlefields today and details of places visited and casualties suffered by this extraordinary, ordinary battalion.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bedfordshire Historical Record Society (14 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085155069X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851550695
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 980,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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(An) excellent book...finely produced.... A valuable record of the work of the battalion. STAND TO! the WESTERN FRONT ASSOCIATIONAn excellent history. ARMCHAIR AUCTIONS


An excellent history.

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3.0 out of 5 stars WWI Records 25 Nov 2008
By Debs.H.
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Very well laid out but disappointed with the lack of photos. Perhaps my mistake but thought it was supposed to have a number of never shown photos. There were ten photos of battle fields and six portraits of officers. Having written that it was VERY clearly written.
I guess anyone searching for a particular day or place in the war will be able to find it in seconds. Almost everything is Indexed at the back, personal names, place names, casualties.
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5.0 out of 5 stars execellent 24 Aug 2010
I suppose I may be biased,as my grandfather Albert James Tozer,served with the 7th Bedfords and was wounded 1st July 1916,on the Somme.I am very grateful this book was written,so many questions not asked,he died in 1979.You wont learn a great deal about the overall conduct of the war,but you will learn a vivid detail of an average English infantry battalion that fought the Great War to End wars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Major history 15 Dec 2013
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Really only for real history buffs, if you are interested in the 1st World War and a normally County Battalion at war this one is for you.
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By Boris
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My Grandfather served with the Regiment but like thousands of other soldiers would not, or couldn't bring themselves to relay their terrible experiences of Monns and other battles. This book is the best I have found and reading it I have become so very humbled and respectful of what all the Army Regiments did for the future of the world, if not a completely free one.
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