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HOOD BATTALION Royal Naval Division, Antwerp-Gallipoli-France 1914-1918

HOOD BATTALION
Royal Naval Division, Antwerp-Gallipoli-France 1914-1918 
A very fine unit history of one of the most colourful and unique battalions of the Great War. The Hood Battalion of Winston Churchill's creation, the Royal Naval Division, numbered war poet Rupert Brooke, Prime Minister Asquith's son ‘Oc' and Bernard Freyberg VC - later a WW2 General - among its officers, and saw heroic service at Antwerp, Gallipoli, on the Ancre and at Passchendaele before its dissolution- job done- at the war's end.
The Royal Naval Division, of which the Hood Battalion formed part, was raised at the beginning of the First World War and was made up of officers and men of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, stokers of the Royal Fleet Reserve and seamen of the Royal Naval Reserve. Its 'father' was Winston Churchill, then First Lord of the Admiralty; HH Asquith, the Prime Minister, christened it 'Winston's Little Army'. It was quite unlike any other formation in that these were soldiers who adhered to the traditions and the practices of the Royal Navy, or if you like, sailors who went to war as soldiers. The Hood Battalion also attracted numerous officers of the highest calibre, among whom may be mentioned Arthur Oc' Asquith, the Prime Minister's son, who ended the war minus a leg as the British Army's youngest General; Patrick Shaw-Stewart, said to be the most brilliant young man of his generation, Bernard Freyberg VC, a Kiwi who commanded the defence of Crete in the Second World War, and, most famous of all, the poet Rupert Brooke, who was to die of septicaemia on the Greek island of Skyros on the eve of the Gallipoli landings. The Hood Battalion saw some of the fiercest fighting of the First World War, particularly at Antwerp, in the Gallipoli Campaign and then again on the Western Front at the Ancre, at Gavrelle, and at Passchendaele. Len Sellers, whose interest in the Hood Battalion was first aroused when he discovered that his great-uncle had served with them, lets the participants tell their own story, having expended prodigious labour in unearthing the many first-hand accounts of the Hood's exploits included in this book. It is indeed a tale told by heroes.

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Product Code: 25412
Author: Leonard Sellers
ISBN: 9781783461684
Format: Softback, 334 pages Published Price £16.99
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