Ward, Major C. H. Dudley.


John Murray, 1st ed., 1922. Xii + 276 pp., frontis., guarded, + 19 photo & other plates, 1 of which is a fldg., panorama, + 4 fldg., maps at rear (2 share a sheet) + a map in the text + 2 ills. Original navy cloth ; gilt ; 22 x 14cm. Cloth split half way along front joint although the joint itself is not cracked ; old tape has been applied to strengthen the folding maps & 2 of them have pencil linings o/w GOOD+ to V.G. The 74th Division came into being in Egypt in March 1917 and was comprised of three dismounted brigades of yeomanry (2nd, 3rd and 4th), which had fought at Gallipoli in that role, had returned to Egypt to form part of the Suez Canal Defence force and had been reorganized as infantry brigades numbered 229th, 230th and 231st. The division fought at the Second and Third Battles of Gaza, playing a leading role in the latter, and took part in the capture of Beersheba and Jerusalem. In May 1918 the 74th was transferred to the Western Front where it fought for the rest of the war, at Bapaume, the Hindenburg Line battles, Epehy and the final advance in Artois and Flanders. It suffered a total casualty count of 8,654 of which just over 5,000 were incurred in France. Appendixes cover The Victoria Cross ; Beersheba ; Battle of Sheria ; Sheria ; The Attack on Jerusalem ; Casualties ; Commanding Officers. There is a comprehensive Index and a total of twenty plates, four folding maps, one map in the text and two illustrations.

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