Published by Pen & Sword in 2009, 192 pages. Paperback (N4244)
Brand New Book
The Germans were fighting on two fronts, and were concentrating their efforts and resources in the east, where the Russians were weakening. In the west, Allied offensives was met with well prepared German defences, and efforts to open a new front on the Gallipoli Peninsula had foundered. The British Army thus planned a decisive action to break the deadlock on the Western Front, involving a mighty attack of six British divisions planned for the autumn of 1915. The attack would take place in the vicinity of the small mining community of Loos en Gohelle - where 'The Big Push' would begin.....
The bitter recriminations that followed the perceived failure reduced the Battle of Loos to a footnote in the history of the Great War for many decades, including the almost mythical tale of the Tommy who kicked a football ahead of the charge.
That soldier was identified as Rifleman Frank Edwards, and through his original research, Ed Harris clearly establishes for the first time that the first great attack by the British army was begun when Edwards kicked a football towards the German lines. Harris sheds light on what it was like to be a part of this crucial battle and questions the largely held view that Loos was a failure, using material sourced from a wide variety of sources form the Imperial War Museum to the National Football Museum