The Hertfordshire Batteries, Royal Field Artillery, An Illustrated History 1908-1920, by J Sainsbury
Book published by Hart in 1996, 115 pages. Large A4 size softback (N4744)
Brand New Book
This book is a fascinating history of the Hertfordshire batteries of the Royal Field Artillery immeadiately before and during the First World War, and is illustrated throughout with lots of black and white photographs showing the men, weaponry and equipment of the batteries during that period.
Two batteries of field artillery were raised in Hertfordshire as part of the new Territorial Force in 1908, and they were mobilised with the East Anglian Divisional Artillery in August 1914 on the outbreak of war. The force was soon moved to Egypt, where they played a distinguished part in the battles of Gaza in 1917 and in the subsequent advance through Palestine to the Turkish border, and the book contains very useful details on the field artillery equipment and tactics of the period. Contents include:
- Historical background to the Territorial Artillery
- The development of Field Artillery tactics, organisation and equipment.
- The early years of the Hertfordshire Batteries 1908-1914
- At War - approach march, action and stalemate (including mobilisation, France in 1915, Suez Canal Defences, and the Battle of Gaza)
- Break Through and follow-up (including the third battle of Gaza and the advance into Palestine, and the battle of Jaffa)
- Pursuit and Victory (including the advance to M<ajdal Yaba, the Jordan Valley, Cairo garrison, and demobilisation)
- The Second and Third Line units and the Depot