Liverpool Pals: The King's Liverpool Regiment

Liverpool Pals: The King's Liverpool Regiment

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Liverpool Pals 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th The (Service) Battalion: The King's Liverpool Regiment by Graham Maddocks.

The latest edition to the highly regarded Pals series is not just another First World War book, nor is it merely a collection of soldiers' names. Rather, it is the record of duty, courage and endeavor of a group of men who, before war broke out in 1914, were the backbone of Liverpool's commerce. Fired with patriotism, over 4,000 of these business men volunteered in 1914 and were formed into the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th (Service) Battalions of the King's (Liverpool) Regiment; they were the first of all the Pals battalions to be raised, and they were the last to be stood down.

It is commonly held that the North of England's Pals battalions were wiped out on the 1st July 1916, the first day of the Battle of Somme, achieving nothing save an heroic but useless sacrifice. Certainly this befell a number of such units, but the Liverpool Pals took all their objectives on that dreadful day - indeed, one of their battalions lost fewer than 20 in the process. From then on they fought all through the Somme battle, the battle of Arras, the muddy hell of Passchendaele in 1917 and the desperate defense against the German offensive of March 1918. Finally, at a time when most of their comrades could look forward to victory, peace and demobilisation, the men of the 17th battalion were sent to Russia to fight an eleven month campaign against the Bolsheviks.


Format: Paperback, 288 pages

Dimensions: 17 x 23.5 x 1.9cm

Publisher: Pen & Sword Military

ISBN: 1473845122


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