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The Liverpool Rifles

A Biography of the 1/6th Battalion King's Liverpool Regiment in the First World War

Kevin Shannon



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Fonthill Media
25 November 2019
Second World War; Regiments; Memorials & rolls of honour
Using a wealth of contemporary sources, this book narrates the story of the Liverpool Rifles in the Great War from their mobilisation in August 1914 to their return to Liverpool in 1919, each day of their active service in France and Belgium detailed. The role played by 3,000 individuals, including every single casualty---wounded or killed---is covered in the narrative and in many cases, the exact position where this happened. The battalion served a tough apprenticeship in the Second Battle of Ypres, losing over 40 per cent casualties in their first five months overseas. By the time the battalion left the Somme in September 1916, their casualties figures exceeded the number who sailed to France in 1915. The ferocious struggle in the Third Battle of Ypres and their epic defensive actions at Little Priel Farm and Givenchy are described down to individual platoon level; twenty-one detailed sketch maps allowing the reader to follow the action. Uniquely, the battalion roll in the appendices includes every officer and man who served with the battalion overseas, many of whom do not feature in the Medal Rolls.
By:   Kevin Shannon
Imprint:   Fonthill Media
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 44mm
Weight:   879g
ISBN:   9781781557013
ISBN 10:   1781557012
Pages:   496
Publication Date:   25 November 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Kevin Shannon was educated at St Edward's College, Liverpool, enlisting in the Army straight from school. His varied Army career included service in an armoured reconnaissance regiment, infantry and Intelligence. After leaving the military he studied for a degree in Liverpool and then taught history for many years. He is now a full-time writer and historian.

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