The second part of Steven Fuller’s history of the 1st Battalion, the Bedfordshire Regiment, covering the period from October 1916 until the end of the First World War. The Regiment was engaged in the Battle of Arras, the capture of Oppy Wood, several phases of the Third Battle of Ypres 1917, Passchendaele, the German Spring Offensives and the final ‘100 Days’ of battles in 1918. In between, they were designated to be amongst the handful of British divisions rushed to the Italian Front late in 1917. By integrating a wide variety of official and personal sources, supported by maps, and personalised with individual stories and photographs, the author brings the fascinating and extraordinary history of this distinguished battalion.
1st BEDFORDSHIRES Part Two: Arras to the Armistice
The second and final volume takes the 1st Bedfordshires from late 1916, through the Battles of Arras, Third Ypres (Passchendaele), a brief spell in Italy and then the German Spring Offensive and the final 100 days to the signing of the Armistice in November 1918. Most regiments wrote detailed histories after the war, the Bedfordshires did not, making Fuller’s two volume history all the more worthwhile.