Baptism of Fire, by Mark Marsay, subtitled 'An Account of the 5th Green Howards at the Battle of St. Julien, during the Second Battle of Ypres 1915'
Book published by Great Northern Publishing in 1999, 206 pages. Paperback (N5692PE)
From the rear side cover: Young men, volunteers from Yorkshire and the north-east, away from home for the first time, stepped into the breach in the allied line in April 1915 and, alongside the lion-hearted Canadians, brought to a halt the advancing might of the German Army. Despite poison gas, a withering bombardment, lack of supplies and fresh water the Territorials of the 5th Green Howards stood their ground and did all that was asked of them in this, their first action of the Great War. Indeed, such was their fighting ferocity that it earned them the nickname 'The Yorkshire Gurkhas'; a reputation they would live up to time and again as they fought in all the major engagements on the Western Front.
Here, together for the first time, is a sterling narrative account of that battle and the thoughts and feelings of the men who fouqhtit. Here too is their poetry, evocative of both their innocence and their courage. Alongside the text are their photographs, many published for the first time in over eighty years, and with them the biographical details of the men the Green Howards are proud to call 'The Yorkshire Gurkhas', the men who underwent their Baptism Of Fire at St Julien in April 1915.
The condition of the book is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Please note there is an old price printed and a small price sticker on the rear side cover