A Register of the Regiments and Corps of the British Army - The Ancestry of the Regiments and Corps of the Regular Establishment of the Army Hardcover – 1 Sep 1972
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The tremendous changes which the reorganisation of recent years has brought about in the regimental structure of the British Army have altered it almost beyond recognition. Famous regiments have been disbanded; others, after having joinrd together to survive, have then, in their turn, been absorbed into one of the new 'Large Regiments'. This book enables the reader to trace the ancestry and present status (1972) of any regiment which fought in either the First or Second World War, to identify a regiment by any name by which it has ever been known and, from the list of its Battle Honours, to realize something of of its history.
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If you are looking for slightly broader information, or more contextual history, then this isn't the book for you. It is quite specific in its scope, and while it covers its subject extremely well, it doesn't really touch on much else.
The main body of the text is a catalogue of units, cavalry, infantry and corps, and under each section are listed the successive titles of each unit, principal battles and campaigns, amalgamations and nicknames. There is also a foreword by Lt. Gen Horrocks, an author's introduction, and notes on the formation and development of the army. Tables give orders of precedence for 1870 and 1971. The infantry and cavalry are pretty well covered - the artillery and certain of the corps less so.
All in all a work that continues to be useful, though teaming it with some of the more modern references - and perhaps Frederick's 'Lineage Book' would be wise.