This book deals exclusively with the 2nd Devons (23rd Brigade, 8th Division) during the last year of the war. It describes what the battalion did in the early days of 1918, touches briefly on their movements in January, deals fully with the March retreat in the face of the German offensive, follows them in the fighting to save Amiens and goes on to describe at length the battalion’s heroic stand at the Bois des Buttes, under the shadow of the Chemin des Dames, on the 27th May and following days. For this action the battalion was awarded the Croix de Guerre with Palm. This account comes not from official records but from the information of those who took part, and it took the author more than a year to assemble all the details. The casualties in the action at the Bois des Buttes, as given in the regimental history, amounted to twenty three officers and 528 men killed or missing.
THROUGH HELL TO VICTORY. From Passchendaele to Mons with the 2nd Devons In 1918.
Deals exclusively with 2nd Devons (23rd Brigade, 8th Division) during last year of the war. Detailed description of the March 1918 German offensive and the battalion’s famous stand at Bois des Buttes in May. This is based on accounts given by those who were present in the fighting.