Powell, Geoffrey. Introduction by Lt.-General Sir Brian Horrocks.
Title THE GREEN HOWARDS (THE 19th REGIMENT OF FOOT). FAMOUS REGIMENTS SERIES.
Binding Hard Cover
Book Condition Very Good -
Jacket Condition Very Good-
Edition First Edition
Publisher London Hamish Hamilton 1968
Seller ID 23389
144 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). B&w photographs, reproductions. "This is the story of the Green Howards - the county regiment of that region of infinite variety, the North Riding of Yorkshire. For just short of three hundred years it has been fighting its Sovereign's battles from the Irish and French Wars of Dutch William to the Malayan Chinese and Cypriot guerillas of yesterday. The Green Howards have had their share of failures as well as successes, but failures such as Fontenoy, Suvla and Gazala brought them nothing but glory. Included in their successes are such famous battles as The Boyne, Alma (where they stormed the Great Redoubt and captured the Russian drums which still are trooped on the anniversary of the battle, their Regimental Day), First Ypres, Mareth and the assault over the Norman-dy beaches. In the War of 1914-18, they won twelve Victoria Crosses, a number bettered only by one other regiment which had more than double the number of battalions fighting. But it is the little-known campaigns that are often the most interesting: the way in which they secured Ceylon for the Empire at a cost of 1,500 deaths from battle, disease and massacre; the assault on the cliffs of Belle Isle in 1761, performed in the manner of a twentieth-century commando raid; Eutaw Springs, the last battle of the American War of Independence and a British victory. This is not the old and often turgid type of regimental history but a lively little book which will appeal not only to the men who have served in the Green Howards - regulars, territorials and national servicemen - but to anyone who is interested in the past of this country. It deals not only with battles, but with the men who fought them and the reasons why they fought. And those who do not know the tale already will learn how the regiment gained its colourful name." Cigarette odor, light browning to edges of text block, tiny stain on bottom of text block, minor bump at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has been price clipped, has cigarette odor, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light browning - mainly on spine and flap-folds and edges.