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Fighting the Kaiser's War: The Saxons in Flanders 1914-1918

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bierast

Up to seven reviews on Amazon now - all five star! While the sales figures are less than we hoped, the critical response has been most gratifying.

 

Our website is a mess after moving hosts - once I get the Joomla! back-end fixed it will be back up again.

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trajan

It IS an very good piece of work! I feel slightly guilty I ordered it through the university library, but the Turkish economy - and so my salary! - male me hesitate on buying books... I do confirm, though, that - with some quibbles (only natural from an academic I suppose!) it is really an excellent piece for anyone's WW1 personal library.

 

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bierast
23 hours ago, trajan said:

It IS an very good piece of work! I feel slightly guilty I ordered it through the university library, but the Turkish economy - and so my salary! - male me hesitate on buying books... I do confirm, though, that - with some quibbles (only natural from an academic I suppose!) it is really an excellent piece for anyone's WW1 personal library.

 

Thankyou, much appreciated! The more libraries carry the book, the better.

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bierast

Honesty compels me to admit that the book is currently marked down to an absolutely derisory £5 from Naval & Military Press while stocks last. As an author I'm hardly thrilled to see this happen to my labour of love, but I hope this will at least be an opportunity to expand our readership and stimulate interest in our subject matter.

 

For a mere fiver you get a comprehensive history of Saxony's war on the Western front from the coast to the La Bassée canal, over 300 illustrations (most of them previously unseen private photos) and a whole chapter of personal accounts drawn mainly from previously unpublished diaries and letters. There's even a 'new' account of the Christmas Truce, from the highest ranking German eyewitness discovered to date (a brigade commander). It's 256 pages long (the maximum permitted by our publisher) and none except the flyleaf are blank. In short... it's a steal.

 

https://www.naval-military-press.com/product/fighting-the-kaisers-warthe-saxons-in-flanders-1914-1918/

 

As always, constructive reviewers (positive or negative) can claim from me a free copy of our glossy limited edition supplement The Saxons at Zonnebeke, which adds considerable detail to the account of the part played by XXVII. Reservekorps in the Second Battle of Ypres.

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Ron da Valli

I bought a copy of this book from Naval & Military Press last year during a sale. It is an excellent book and one I will certainly read time & time again. Worth the money just for the photographs alone. It deserves better recognition than it apparently gets.

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Regulus 1

Being specialised in the German Army/Air Service/Navy in Belgium I can say that this is an excellent piece of work, giving a very good idea of the activities of all the Saxon units active in Flanders.  What is even more is the fact that there are a very large number of photos in it from the units at the locations mentioned in the book, and also several period maps showing positions etc.
If one wants to study what happened, one has to look at both sides of the story, who was the opponent, and this book is an enormous help on that matter for the armies of the Saxon state in Germany.
It is one of the best I have and it is clear that many regimental histories were used to come to this result (as I have many of those as well).

Johan

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bierast

Our second book is out now in a softback German language edition - the English version will follow in 2020. Once again the it is a maximal 256 pages long and features around 300 illustrations. As our readers expect, the great majority of the photos are previously unpublished private pictures (including some amazing front-line shots).

 

Von Armentières Nach Langemarck ('From Armentières to Langemarck'; final English title will differ) expands on many subjects we didn't get to cover in detail in Fighting the Kaiser's War due to pressure of space. Inevitably we have also come across some amazing material since the first book came out (in some cases, due to contacts resulting from that book), to the point where we quickly realised we already had the basis of another volume on the Saxons in Flanders. The first book is (in part) a reasonably comprehensive history of the Saxon war effort in Flanders, including all divisions / corps and as many smaller units as we could track. This second one makes no attempt to rehash this, but rather adds detail to parts of it.

 

The following subjects are covered at chapter length:

  • Jäger-Bataillon 13 (XIX.AK) in the earliest phase of trench warfare on the Armentières front in 1914
  • Saxons (variously from 24.ID and 40.ID of XIX.AK) and attached Prussian units at the Frelinghien breweries 1914-1916
  • Saxon 40.ID (XIX.AK) at Ploegsteert Wood 1914-1916
  • RIR 245 (54.RD / XXVII.RK) - 1st Ypres as described in the personal diary of the regimental commander (who was sent to take over this unit at the height of the fighting)
  • RIR 245 (54.RD / XXVII.RK) - 2nd Ypres as described in the personal diaries of the regimental commander and a battalion commander
  • XXVII.RK - 2nd Ypres as experienced by the Saxon / Württemberg corps (53.RD and 54.RD); this is a corrected and slightly expanded version of our booklet The Saxons at Zonnebeke, which greatly enlarges on the brief account in Fighting the Kaiser's War and provides much needed context to the previous chapter.
  • XXVII.RK - the units, facilities and populace of the corps rear area, 1914-1916. This chapter is mostly about the photos, but also includes the personal account of an billeting officer in Waterdamhoek.
  • IR 182 (123.ID) at Wytschaete 1915-1916 - the (witty and erudite) letters of a company commander, accompanied by some very rare images of this sector including the famous Bayernwald trench system.
  • 23.RD at 3rd Ypres - this chapter focuses more on the gradual devastation of the landscape and the progressively worsening conditions, as seen by this Saxon division at Bixschoote, Pilckem, Langemarck and Passchendaele.
  • IR 133 (24.ID) at 3rd Ypres - this chapter (especially the photographic selection) focuses mainly on the fighting just south of the Menin Road that autumn, where the Saxons saw off 7th Division on 26th October.
  • 58.ID at Houthulst Forest, Poelkapelle and Langemarck in the autumn fighting of 1917, the following winter and the spring advance.
  • Those who remained in Flanders - the cemeteries and monuments of the Saxon Army in Flanders, including a personal account from a wartime graves registration officer (plus his dismayed post-war report on its condition).

 

I have a few copies of the German edition for sale - enquire if interested. Orders and enquiries within mainland Europe and being dealt with by Jürgen directly from our Saxon HQ, and will be forwarded to him on request.

 

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Back cover with table of contents:

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bierast

I've now revamped the website with details of all our books (magazine articles etc. will be added later) including the new German volume.

http://www.royalsaxonarmy.co.uk/royalsaxonarmy/index.php

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bierast

Some sample pages from Von Armentières Nach Langemarck follow.

 

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Revised offer - tbc

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