Title: The Green Howards in the Great War
Author: Wylly, H C
Edition: 2nd Edition
Publication Date: 2007
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 420 pages and 17 maps
Comments: Huge Great War history of one of the proudest names among Britain’s regiments: the Green Howards (Yorkshire Regiment) which served in almost every theatre and won 12 VCs.
A suitably massive history for a regiment with an enormous reputation. This volume covers the huge range of the Green Howards’ (the Yorkshire Regiment’s) Great War campaigns – and takes the narrative beyond the war to post-war campaigns in Afghanistan and the intervention against the Russian revolution. Compiled from diaries, letters and interviews with survivors as well as from official diaries, reports and logs, this is a classic Regimental history of a famous unit which, as general Edward Bulfin, the Green Howards’ Colonel-in-Chief modestly writes: ‘Fought on almost every front, and pulled their weight’.
The regiment’s 1st battalion was on garrison duty in India; while the 2nd battalion landed in France in time for the first battle of Ypres in November 1914. Other Green Howard battalions fought in Flanders; France; Italy; Gallipoli; as well as serving in Russia, the Balkans; Palestine; Syria and Mesopotamia. The cost was high – but, as an appendix listing the 12 Victoria Crosses won by the Green Howards in the war testifies, the record was proud.