The Holy Boys - A History of the Royal Norfolk Regiment and the Royal East Anglian Regiment 1685-2010, by Jon Sutherland and Diane Canwell
Published by Pen and Sword in 2010, 256 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N5501)
Brand New Book
From the front fly leaf: The Royal Norfolk Regiment is one of the oldest and most distinguished fighting forces in the British army. Its line of descent can be traced back for over three centuries, all the way from modern Afghanistan to Monmouth's rebellion in 1685. Throughout these years, and many campaigns, the regiment has maintained a marked local loyalty and tradition which remain strong today. This sense of local identity is celebrated by Jon Sutherland and Diane Canwell in this highly illustrated history of the regiment which describes, in graphic detail, the exploits of Norfolk soldiers who have made a notable contribution to the British army in every major conflict the country has faced...
The authors chart the history of the regiment from its creation, through its various incarnations, its battles and operations to the present day. They describe the regiment's development as the practice of warfare changed over the centuries, and they look at the key personalities who made their mark on its history. Throughout they use memoirs and fascinating archive material to illustrate the experience of the soldiers and operations in which they took part. They focus particularly on the regiment's experience during the two world wars.
This comprehensive account of the Norfolks will be essential reading for anyone who is interested in local military history and in the wider history of the British army.