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The Hertfordshire Batteries, Royal Field Artillery by J.D. Sainsbury

Herts Batteries



An illustrated history 1908–1920


Detailed Description

This is the second of four volumes that constitute the official history of all Hertfordshire Yeomanry and Artillery units.

Two batteries of field artillery were raised in Hertfordshire as part of the new Territorial Force in 1908. They were mobilised with the East Anglian Divisional Artillery in August 1914 and soon moved to Egypt, where they played a distinguished part in the battles of Gaza in 1917 and in the subsequent advance through Palestine to the Turkish border. Volume 2 includes useful details on the field artillery equipment and tactics of the period.

Colonel J.D. Sainsbury was commissioned in the Royal Artillery during National Service, which he spent with a field regiment in Germany. After retiring from a career at the Bank of England, he then spent twenty years as a historical consultant and archivist in the Honours and Awards Branch of the Military Secretary’s Department of the MoD. As a Territorial Army officer he served in local field artillery units and in a variety of staff jobs, until retiring in 2000. He was appointed OBE (Military Division) in the 1997 New Year Honours. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1991 for his work preserving and recording the history of military units raised in Hertfordshire.

ISBN 978-0-948527-04-3; November 1996, 126pp; Paperback