Deliver to your Kindle or other device


Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available


With Bayonets Fixed: 12th and 13th (Service) Battalions of the Durham Light Infantry [Kindle Edition]

John Sheen
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Print List Price: £25.00
Kindle Price: £3.08 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
You Save: £21.92 (88%)
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £3.08  
Hardcover £25.00  
Earn a Free Kindle Book
Earn a Free Kindle Book
Buy a Kindle book between now and 31 March and receive a promotional code good for one free Kindle book. Terms and conditions apply. Learn more

Product Description


A fine regimental history, here the 12th and 13h (service) battalions of the durham light infantry with numerous illustrations and maps. The Bulletin

Product Description

In August and September 1914 the Regimental Depot of the Durham Light Infantry at Fenham Barracks in Newcastle was overwhelmed by the number of men enlisting. Accommodation was tight so the men were formed into batches and sent off to training grounds in the south of England. Over 2,000 men were sent to Bulllswater near Woking in Surrey where they became the 12th and 13th Battalions of the DLI serving in 68 Brigade of the 23rd Division, commanded by Lieutenant General Sir James Babington KCB KCMG. The Division never failed to take an objective between 1915 and 1918.

After initial training around Aldershot and Ashford, in May they embarked for France on 25 August 1915. In November Private Thomas Kenny, of the 13th DLI, a miner from Wingate, County Durham, won the Victoria Cross rescuing his wounded officer. In the summer of 1916 they joined the fighting on the Somme and took part in the capture of Contalmaison on 10 July. In October the two battalions took part in the capture of Le Sars before being sent north to the Ypres Salient. In Flanders they took part in the Battle of Messines and the 3rd Battle of Ypres.

In November 1917 the 23rd Division was ordered to the Italian Front. The 12th and 13th Battalions were initially deployed on the Montello before moving into the mountainous region of the Asiago Plateau. They were attacked by the Austrians on 15 June 1918, however, the only enemy soldiers that entered the Durhams' trenches did so as prisoners, brought in by men of the two battalions. The 13th DLI was ordered back to France in September 1918 where it took part in the advance to victory; the battalion suffered many casualties in the last six weeks of the war. The 12th DLI remained in Italy and took part in the crossing of the River Piave in October 1918 and the Battle of Vittorio Veneto that led to the end of the war in Italy.

The book uses unpublished memoirs and diaries along with letters from officers and men of both battalions. Using the soldier’s personal documents this book reveals many of the tragic stories that led to unnecessary loss of life. Lists of gallantry awards and nominal rolls of officers of both battalions are included.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10922 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword Military (6 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #215,891 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
5.0 out of 5 stars
5.0 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent battalion history by John Sheen 21 Jun. 2013
Too many histories of British Army battalions that fought in WW1 are little more than re-writes of the official War Diaries. Not so those by John Sheen. Beginning with his classic history of the Tyneside Irish, John Sheen's meticulous research has enabled him to combine official sources with the letters, diaries and memories of the actual soldiers to produce a series of battalion histories. The latest in the series, 'With Bayonets Fixed', features the 12th and 13th Battalions DLI and is a must for anyone interested in British infantry battalions during WW1. These two battalions of County Durham's own famous regiment fought with distinction on the Western Front and in Italy; gained two VCs; and amongst the 1,200 fallen was the English composer, George Kaye Butterworth, killed on the Somme in August 1916. As with all of John Sheen's battalion histories, this book is not only superbly illustrated with group and individual soldier's portraits, but also has detailed nominal rolls of use both to family historians and medal collectors.
Tyneside Irish
The Steel of the DLI (2nd Bn 1914/18)
Durham Pals: 18th, 19th, 20th and 22nd Battalions of the Durham Light Infantry in the Great War
Wearside Battalion: The 20th (Service) Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry in The Great War
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars With bayonets Fixed 13 Dec. 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a very clearly written and concise observation of the 12th and 13th battl DLI in WW1. Harrowing detail of the conditions the brave men of those battalons fought in. Contains info about my Grandfathers MC award, and details of his experience in Italy
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 30 Aug. 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bought this book for personal reasons as my late husbands Uncles are mentioned in it.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 24 Dec. 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
excellent for anyone wanting more information on ww1
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category