Atteridge, A. Hilliard.


Robert Maclehose, Glasgow, 1st ed., 1929. Xiv + 482 pp., 34 maps + 1 further folding map at rear. Original red cloth ; 23 x 14cm. Covers faded with small nick to spine ; foxing in places but mostly to edges & prelims ; small blank ownership note pasted to f.e.p. o/w V.G. Signed by Major General Philip R. Robertson, commander of the 17th Division from 1917. The 17th Division was formed on 11 September 1914, the third in seniority of Kitchener’s Second New Army, with brigades numbered 50th, 51st and 52nd. It assembled around Wareham in Dorset, completed its final training in the Winchester area, and left for France in July 1915. It fought on the Western Front for the rest of the war, winning four VCs and suffering 40,258 casualties. Its first commander was Major-General Kenyon-Slaney, late Rifle Brigade, who was replaced after four months by T. D. Pilcher of the Bedfords, who had come from command of the Burma Division. The division’s first major action was at Hooge in July-August 1915 and it remained in the Salient for the next eight months, moving south to the Somme in June 1916 after a short spell in the Armentieres sector. On the opening day of the Somme offensive 50th Brigade attacked Fricourt and one of its battalions, 10th W. Yorks, sustained 733 casualties of whom 307 were killed, eleven of them officers including the CO, 2IC, adjutant and two company commanders ; this was the highest casualty rate for a single battalion on that day. Pilcher was sent home and Philip R. Robertson, a Cameronian, then commanding 19th Brigade, took over command for the rest of the war. This copy belonged to Major-General Robertson and bears his signature. Under his command the division went on to fight in the 1917 Arras offensive and in Third Ypres. It was back on the Somme battleground during the German March 1918 onslaught and in the August counter-offensive which marked the beginning of the end for Germany. This is an account of the division’s activities and it is supported by numerous maps, one of which is folding at the end. SCARCE First Edition. This copy came from the Private Library and bears the Signature of Major-General Philip R. Robertson, Commander, KCB, CMG, of the 17th Division from 1917 in the Arras offensive, Third Ypres and on the Somme.

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