The 1/5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment in the Great War, by Chris Bailey and Steve Bramley
Book published by IronMariner in 2015, 400 pages. Paperback (N5731PE)
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From the rear side cover: The 1/5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment was based in Grimsby and also recruited from the Alford, Barton, Gainsborough, Louth, Scunthorpe and Spilsby districts. After initial disastrous attacks at Loos in 1915 and the Somme in 1916 they finally found glory when as part of the 46th Division they broke the formidable Hindenburg Line. This is their story....
From the foreword by Martin Middlebrook: As described by the authors the division to which the 1/5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment belonged, the 46th (1st North Midland) Division, did not achieve great fame in the war. The division's first two major operations were ghastly - badly conceived attacks against the Hohenzollem Redoubt on the last day of the Battle of Loos in 1915 and in the diversionary attack at Gommecourt on the first day of the Somme in 1916. In both attacks they had to march into German fire without the support of other divisions on either flank. Both attacks failed and the division became regarded as no more than 'line-holders', not to be trusted in major offensive action.
The North Midland Division had to wait until September 1918 to achieve glory when it made a successful attack across the St. Quentin Canal at Bellenglise as part of the successful campaign that led to Allied victory two months later.
All of this is described superbly by the authors. It has taken them seven years! They have worked throughout on the principle that 'every original source must be found and every fact checked'. There are two types of books: those based on prime sources and those that are the result almost entirely of 'library research'. The first requires huge amounts of work and often expense; the latter are merely recycling other people's hard work. This book is a great example of the former and I cannot recommend it too strongly.'