Features

This is the central repository of articles by our authors, including supplementary material for our books. It includes pieces written elsewhere online as well as exclusives for this website.

My six-part series on my Saxon Great-Grandfather's war is now complete and indexed here.

My series on Saxon Landsturm infantry battalions is now complete and indexed here.

The remainder of my weekly WW1 Saxon articles for Colonel Joe Robinson's WW1 German history group are now complete and indexed here.

Program cover for Journey's End at the Esher Theatre

On Thursday November 11th 2021 I had the great pleasure of accompanying my lovely wife Diana to the Esher Theatre, for the most appropriately scheduled premiere of a short run of R.C. Sherriff's "Journey's End". Neither of us had been to the theatre in years (and haven't been out much at all since 2019 of course), which added an extra frisson of excitement...

This play has had a special significance for the Lucas family ever since the discovery of our family connection to the battalion, which set my father on the path which led to the writing of The Journey's End Battalion.

Unfortunately my father's article Illusions and Great Disappointments: Major General Mitford and 42nd Division, 1917 (appearing in Stand To! 124, October 2021) was published with the wrong map.

Traditions of the Imperial German Infantry Regiments: their Histories, Uniforms & Pickelhauben

A review of Chris Dale's indispensable single-volume guide to the traditions and uniforms of the (pre-war) German infantry regiments and Jäger battalions.

Buy it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Traditions-Imperial-German-Infantry-Regiments/dp/B08SP2PK2V

Bandsman of Jäger-Bataillon 13 in autumn 1914

This article elaborates on what you can expect to find in each chapter of our new book For King and Kaiser. German-speaking readers can also expect to find much the same content in the original German-language version of this book, Von Armentières nach Langemarck.

This preview is illustrated with some of the many relevant pictures which either arrived too late to be included (the illustrated military historian's perennial frustration) or else were excluded in favour of others.

In some cases, the pictures shown here are directly connected to others which DID make it into print - e.g. by belonging to the same group or album. Therefore even those esteemed few who already own both books (thankyou, we love you all!) have some exclusive material here to enjoy.

Fritz Lehmann in his Pfadfinder uniform

Tragic stories of boys who lied about their age to join the army are all too familiar to British readers. Likewise, there were undoubtedly many underage volunteers in the ranks of XXVII. Reservekorps when it arrived in Flanders in October 1914. But what of those who were rejected as too young, yet remained hell-bent on reaching the front?

In this article we take a look at Fritz Lehmann of Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr.245 and many other adventurous or foolish lads who are mentioned or hinted at in the surviving sources.

This piece expands on some brief references in the diary entries of Major Alfred von Heygendorff as featured in For King and Kaiser.