timsanders Posted 10 June , 2013 Share Posted 10 June , 2013 Just finished reading 'The Devil's Carnival' by John Mason Sneddon For anyone with an interest in the operations during the opening few month's of the Great War or the 1st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers (or both as I do) this is a must read and provides a fascinating insight into the tactics and methods employed by the BEF and the challenges facing it's infantry in 1914. The book covers brilliantly the final skirmishes of 'The War Of Movement' into (the relatively quiet phase of) 'trench warfare' - where the hastily constructed trenches didn't appear to be considered, by the infantry occupying them, as anything other than a short term measure. It was staggering to read from first accounts* the great number of miles covered on foot in extreme heat whilst being pursued by the enemy and the massive losses imposed on each battalion by an adversary that so outnumbered them. On a personal level, it gave me a new appreciation of the my great-grandfather, a reservist re-called to 1st NF just days before embarkation going into battle with Germany's finest. A great read of an under documented part of the war. Extract here Amazon link * Chronological commentary based on the written accounts of Captain E B Gordon, Commander of "Z" Company, Captain Beauchamp Tudor St John and Lieutenant F E Watkins Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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