Sub-titled ‘the History of a Regiment of Horse’ this is indeed the story of one of the British Army’s most distinguished cavalry regiments from its formation in 1685 to its disappearence in 1922 after the end of the Great War. Before it was finally amalgamated in other units, the 5th Dragoon Guards had notched up a long roll call of battle honours, begining with the great victories of the Duke of Marlborough in the War of the Spanish Succession: Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde, and Malplaquet. The Guards played their part in the Peninsular War, fighting in Wellington’s great victory over Marshal Soult at Salamanca, and also fought under the Duke at Waterloo. In the Crimean War, the Guards formed part of General Scarlett’s Heavy Brigade, charging at the battle of Balaclava. They fought in the Boer War, and in the Great War were present in both the opening and closing phases when calvary were able to play a role in open warfare – at Nery in 1914 and Harbonnieres in 1918. Illustrated with many maps and coloured and half tone plates, and accompanied by a second volume detailing officers rolls, regimental stations, sporting achievements and awards etc. this is a history which no-one who delights in the role of cavalry in warfare will wish to miss.
HISTORY OF THE FIFTH (PRINCESS CHARLOTTE OF WALES’) DRAGOON GUARDS: VOLUMES I & II
Two volume history of an elite cavalry unit in Marlborough’s and Wellington’s wars as well as the Crimea and Boer War, down to its dissolution in the wake of the Great War.