"One and All" epitomises the crucial role of the Infantry in the British Army through nearly three centuries. It conveys the sweep of history as the story moves at a rapid pace through such dramas as the Siege of Lucknow, the grim fighting in the ...
trench warfare of the First World War, the tragedy of the Battle of the Cauldron in North Africa and the ferocity of the fighting in Normandy in 1944. The author also gives the wider political or military backgrounds that set his narrative in context. Many other regiments, serving on operations with the DCLI, feature in the book, particularly the brother - Light Infantry Regiments from Somerset, Shropshire, Yorkshire, Durham and Scotland. The book comes at a period when modern social life and economics have forced a reorganisation of the primary fighting arm of the army. The amalgamation of the Light Infantry with a number of other infantry regiments round the country epitomises the very big changes now taking place. The appearance of "One and All" at such a moment is timely. The author charts the progress of the Regiment and its direct predecessors, from the beginning with Fox's Marines up to the demise of the Regiment on amalgamation with the Somerset Light Infantry in 1959. (The history of the resulting regiment, the Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry, from 1959 to 1968, is given in an appendix).
Number of pages: 640
Date of publication: 16/02/2006
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