Gale, Richard. Introduction by Lt.-General Sir Brian Horrocks.
Title THE WORCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT (THE 29th AND 36th REGIMENTS OF FOOT). FAMOUS REGIMENTS SERIES.
Binding Hard Cover
Book Condition Very Good
Jacket Condition Very Good-
Edition First Edition
Publisher London Leo Cooper 1970
0850520312 / 9780850520316
Seller ID 19994
122 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). B&w photographs, reproductions. "Since their formation in 1694 as Farrington's Regiment the Worcestershire Regiment (bearing the numbers 29 and 36) has achieved almost unique status, being one of the only four British regiments to have an English motto and one of the only two to bear the elongated garter star as a badge as well as having a naval crown above it. This last distinction was awarded to them for the part they played whilst serving as Marines in the British fleet at the action known as 'the Glorious First of June'. Subsequently they distinguished themselves in the Peninsular War and the Sikh Wars, and they are remembered in more recent times for their superb action at Gheluvelt in 1914 when by closing the gap in the British line they saved Ypres and halted the German advance to the Channel ports. Later they fought doggedly at Neuve Chappelle and in all gained nine V.C.s during the Great Wa r. In the 1939-1945 War they raised twelve battalions and fought, as their nickname 'Guards of the Line' suggests, with great gallantry and steadiness all over the world. Gazala-Point 187, Normandy, Kohima and Mandalay are but a few of the names familiar to the Worcesters. Now the Regiment is to be amalgamated with the Sherwood Foresters. On the cap-badge of the new Regiment the motto 'Firm' stands out, permanently signifying the intention to continue the traditions of loyalty and service. General Gale, one of the Regiment's most distinguished sons, has here written a colourful account of the history of one of our great County Regiments." Includes a chapter on 'Traditions and Customs' and the music for 'Royal Windsor'. Previous owner's small stamp on front endpapers, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light fading to spine and at top/bottom edges of boards, tiny bump at top edge of front board, very light browning to edges of textblock. Dust jacket is price clipped, has light browning on spine and flap-folds, very small sicker pull on front panel, light edge wrinkling, light rubbing and soiling, two tiny edge tears, two small closed tears with creases - taped on inside.