THE FOURTH BATTALION, DUKE OF CONNAUGHT’S REGIMENT IN THE GREAT WAR, 129TH D.C.O. BALUCHIS.

Thatcher, W. S.


£75.00




The University Press, Cambridge, 1st ed., 1932. Xix + 290 pp., frontis., + 3 photo-plates + 3 maps in the text + 6 fldg., maps. Navy cloth ; gilt armorial to front ; 22 x 14cm. Ex-lib., with numerals to covers, label to a prelim + remains of a label to rear f.e.p., o/w V.G. This history of the 129th (Duke of Connaught’s Own) Baluchis, later the 4/10th Baluch Regiment, is largely a history of the Baluch Regiment itself since, throughout the Great War, the regiment was continually reinforced from other Baluch regiments. In his book the author tries to redress the problem that the part played by Indian soldiers in the Great War was under-appreciated. The author was, himself, a volunteer who joined up at the outbreak of the Great War, for the duration, in service with the Baluchis. The Baluchis served in Flanders, fighting in the battles of Festubert and Neuve Chapelle and Loos in 1915 before the decision was taken to embark them for East Africa. Here they fought valiantly against the masterful guerrilla, Gen. Von Lettow-Vorbeck. Although casualties in East Africa were much less than in Flanders, the regiment was ravaged by dysentery and malaria. This superb history contains Rolls of Honour and appendices on awards and organisation of Indian troops. It is illustrated with four plates and nine maps, six of which are folding. SCARCE First Edition.


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