This Day In History

1918 Battle of the Selle. In a carefully-planned attack, rehearsed over 5 days, 5th East Lancashires mount a remarkably successful night assault near Briastre. They move off at 2 a.m., in a heavy downpour which lasted throughout the engagement, to the sound of the Regimental March being played by the battalion band. Met by heavy machine-gun fire and an artillery barrage which causes 50 casualties, they charge through with a yell and are on their final objective well before the 7 a.m. deadline set, taking 300 prisoners in the process. Casualties are 2 officers and 13 men dead, and 6 officers and 109 men wounded. Some 22 German dead were counted on the battalion front. Study of the ground the next day shows that the battalion had gone through no fewer than 6 defensive belts, including a very strongly-held railway embankment, before reaching its final objective. The 300 prisoners were ‘of far better physique and appearance’ than any of the enemy previously encountered, and turn out to be picked troops. They said that they were members of Kaiser Wilhelm’ bodyguard; that they had never before known defeat; and that they had been sent to hold the line at all costs.
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Histories of The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment – DRAFT

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By Colonel H. C. Wylly CB

First published in 1932, this history of The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and its antecedents, the 47th and 81st Regiments of Foot has always been one of the most highly-regarded British regimental histories.

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  By Colonel H.C. Wylly CB

In this facsimile edition the original text, drawn from the accounts of men who were actors in the actions and events described, has been left unaltered. Some original appendices not connected with the War have been deleted and the following have been added:

  • Additional photographs 
  • A list of honours and awards
  • Exclusively, a summary by battalion of all officers and men of the Regiment who made the supreme sacrifice during WWI.

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By Captain C.G.T. Dean MBE 
with additional material by
Colonel J.A.C. Bird OBE DL
Major A.J. Maher MBE

This is the third volume of the Loyals Regimental history, which, exclusively in this edition, takes the story of the Loyals through World War II and up to 1970, when the Regiment became part of The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment

In this facsimile edition the original narrative, covering the period from 1919 to 1953 and compiled with the help of the men who were there, is reprinted without change.  It also contains:

  • Six chapters of additional narrative covering the Post WWII period
  • Additional photographs
  • A list of honours and awards
  • Exclusively, a complete listing of all officers and men of the Regiment who made the supreme sacrifice during WWII .

Price: £15 incl. UK p&p

 
By Stephen Bull

The 2nd Battalion of the Loyals, ordered to surrender at Singapore, were among the many thousands of Allied prisoners who fell into the hands of the Japanese.

The story of the PoW is one of resilience and creativity in adversity. Among the many Lancashire men captured were a surprising number of gifted artists, who set out to prove that ‘walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage.’

Using many examples of their work, Dr Stephen Bull shows how they created a permanent record of daily life in the camps, revealing just how resourceful and indomitable the human spirit can be.

Price: £3.95 incl. UK p&p