News

Ahead of the publication of For King and Kaiser in hardback I am currently writing a weekly blog post every Thursday for Colonel Joe Robinson's excellent Facebook group WW1 German history. He is archiving these articles himself on his website german1914.com.

In addition you will be able to read all of these pieces here (suitably tidied up and revised to fit the regular website format) on our Features page. So far I have published the first four, dealing with two featured diarists from For King and Kaiser and two from Fighting the Kaiser's War. Each of these articles is based around a single diary entry and serves as an introduction to that individual's war service and writings.

More articles will be added as time permits. Please follow the WW1 German history group to see them first, and to read the work of an impressive array of other authors in the field!

I'm delighted to report that For King and Kaiser is now up for pre-order from Pen & Sword, and is due to be out officially on 30th September 2020! [delayed due to COVID]

Diana and I aim to attend several living history events this year, and will have copies of the new book for sale as soon as we have them. I will be writing some more articles over the coming weeks to promote it and the study of the Royal Saxon Army in WW1, and would be very interested in speaking engagements or other appearances.

Please take a look at my review of a Saxon staff officer's diary recently published by the AKSMG and some useful maps of the Peacetime garrisons of the Royal Saxon Army. I've also added our Stand To! articles (complete with links to the relevant online issues for WFA members) to the still very incomplete list of our publications. Most significantly, Jürgen has a lot of credits as a collaborator on Great War publications in German and Flemish which should be added soon.

I intend to keep up a semi-regular round of updates on this site, with at least one new article per month. Onwards and upwards!

It's official - our second book, Von Armentières Nach Langemarck is out now! As the title would tend to suggest this one is in German, with text primarily written by Jürgen. Copies of this copiously illustrated 256-page softback are available directly from him (or from Andrew within England). The English version will be published in 2020, in a hardback edition designed to match up smartly with Fighting the Kaiser's War on your bookshelf.

Whilst updating the website with details of the new book I've also created a page for each of our publications.

So far this year we've not been hugely active on the living history side, but together with my dear Diana (whom I will be marrying this October) I did attend the excellent living history festival at Huis Doorn in Holland. We will be at Zonnebeke this September, and will be bringing copies of the new book with us.

After an unforgivably long break, this website is once again under active development. We are busily at work on a new publication, and planning for this year's living history events! Today I uploaded the comprehensive Addenda and Corrigenda to my father Michael Lucas' book The Journey's End Battalion, in time for what we hope will be a fresh wave of interest in 9th East Surreys prompted by the upcoming cinema adaptation of R.C. Sherriff's classic play Journey's End. On this subject I also recommend the new video by Roland Wales which introduces the real people behind the play, all of whom feature heavily in my father's book. As it happens I have also recently started a Royal Saxon Army Youtube channel. this will mostly be used to document my living history activities, but I do aim to explore some other ideas as well. There is still a lot of work to do before this website is in reasonable shape and becomes the useful reference I had intended. Watch this space!