Molesworth, George (Compiler.).


1st ed., 1951. Xvi + 285 pp., frontis., + 5 photo & other plates + 30 fldg., maps. Green cloth; gilt armorial to front; 25 x 19cm. F.f.e.p., (blank) lacking o/w V.G This volume, which covers the history of the Somerset Light Infantry from 1919 to 1945, is very scarce. It covers the years between the two wars when the Regiment played an important part in mechanisation, re-equipment and reorganisation of the Army for the tasks which lay ahead. Above all it is concerned with the period of the Second World War in which the Regiment, like so many others, had to throw off new units and spend a long period carrying out essential garrison duties while training itself for the decisive fighting which was to come. For the Somerset Light Infantry, this meant action in the Low Countries, Dunkirk, the Battle of France, India and Burma – including operations in the Arakan, 1943 to April 1944 – Algiers, Egypt, Sicily, Italy, Greece, Normandy in 1944, Northern Europe and the Battle of the Ardennes, the Roer and the Rhineland, then from the Rhine to the Elbe. The Somerset Light Infantry were involved in so many campaigns that their history inevitably provides quite a thorough record of the Second World War at large. Supplemented with twelve appendices, illustrated with six plates and no less than thirty folding maps, this has to be one of the finest regimental histories ever written. Scarce.

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