Hertfordshire Soldiers of the Great War written by Paul Johnson & Dan Hill and published by Frontline Books. Hardback – £30.00 – Pages 274.

When this book arrived I was expecting a long dry book talking about a regiment of Hertfordshire soldiers during the Great War. Boy was I wrong and pleasantly surprised, this is a fantastic book that has had me glued to it throughout. This is a series of stories, extracts, reports, facts and information relating to soldiers who served Hertfordshire during the war, plus it covers the whole theatre of war from the Western Front to Gallipoli to East Africa and Mesopotamia. This is a thoroughly interesting read as we here about all the heroic stories and many of the Victoria Cross stories too. Over 23,000 men lost their lives serving their county and this book does a fantastic job in representing them as a strong, determined and brave group of men having to face some nightmare situations.

This book is very well written, but then they are telling the stories and facts about a group of brave men, but the amount of research and detail written has been enormous and a huge credit must go to both authors Johnson and Hill who are both very well-known experts in this field. If I could ask Pen & Sword one thing, it would could we similar books like this one about other counties because this book really does set the standard high. Together with the stories and facts, the book has a lot of excellent photos, maps and documents which really do help tell the tales in the book, and I can honestly say that I have learnt a lot from this book.

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By Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.