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Miners’ Battalion

Miners’ Battalion

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The infantry in any army is the most flexible of all units, being able to serve in a wide range of duties. They are front line fighting soldiers first, but they can work as engineers and sappers, as this book reveals.

Written in diary form, by Captain R. Ede England of the 12th King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in the 1920s, the editor has taken the original work and using his own research to clarify points and moulded it into a fascinating work, focussing on the officer’s battalion. Some of it covers the mundanity of army life, but when the story gets to the battalion’s service in France, it tells of hardships and bravery. Such was the level of the battalion’s fighting, the Germans facing them believed that they were a Guard’s battalion. An interesting work, throwing open detail of an ordinary infantry unit.

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