Meet at Dawn, Unarmed - The Christmas Truce Meeting between the Warwicks and Saxons

WW1 Books by Andrew Hamilton and Alan Reed

The First Day of the Battle of the Somme

By Andrew Hamilton and Alan Reed

Where Are The Boys? is a novel, imaginative and comprehensive study of the worst day in British military history when 19,000 British soldiers were killed and nearly 40,000 wounded during the attack on German trenches and dug-outs on 1st July 1916 in the Somme.

Andrew Hamilton and Alan Reed explore the build-up to the offensive and their analysis of the private diaries of Generals Haig and Rawlinson emphasises that they were not as confident as their public utterances would suggest

The authors examine the day in detail and evaluate the Generals’ tactics: could they have done better or were there mitigating circumstances beyond their control?

The events are seen from the perspective of thirteen men involved on the day, General Rawlinson, one of the architects of the Somme offensive, a Major-General sacked for an alleged ‘lack of offensive spirit’, a chaplain who helped the wounded and dying, a battalion commander so deeply shocked by the loss of many of his men that he committed suicide and nine soldiers of varying rank who went ‘over the top’

The horrors of the day are vividly and graphically brought to life by a well-chosen use of contemporary accounts and photographs

Where are the Boys? is ideal for those wishing to follow in the footsteps of an ancestor or keen to explore the 17 mile long front line

Ten walks and drives take the reader to well-known areas of the Somme front - to cemeteries, memorials, No Man’s Land, the villages attacked by the British, mine craters and trench systems as well as interesting places off the beaten track. Maps of outstanding quality and clarity will enhance the walking or driving experience

The Christmas Truce at Plugstreet Wood in 1914

By Andrew Hamilton and Alan Reed

We Good… We No Shoot is a detailed account of how British and German soldiers spent Christmas at Plugstreet Wood in 1914. Andrew Hamilton and Alan Reed cover:

• The build-up to the Christmas Truce during December 1914
• The events of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day
• The exchanges in No Man’s Land, football, strange happenings and coincidences, and the collection and burial of bodies
• The reactions, in their own words, of those who took part in an iconic event

STOLEN LIVES - Individual Tragedies of the Great War

By Andrew Hamilton and Alan Reed

STOLEN LIVES is a collection of biographies of soldiers (and a nurse) who were sacrificed for King and Country during the Great War. They are from a wide cross section of society. Many had achieved much, others had unfulfilled hopes and aspirations. Their personal stories offer an insight into:

• The duty-inspired patriotism of August 1914
• The horrors of life in the trenches
• The humour and comradeship in adversity
• The effects of death on comrades and loved ones

Readers follow an unusual guided tour of the cemeteries and memorials of Northern France and Belgium to discover where those featured are buried or commemorated.

MEET AT DAWN, UNARMED - An eye witness account of Trench Warfare and the Christmas Truce in 1914

By Andrew Hamilton and Alan Reed

On August 5th 1914, Robert Hamilton left his young family behind in Devon to start a momentous six month journey through France and Belgium with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

Captain Robert Hamilton's original diary has been reproduced, word for word, along with an informative commentary by Robert’s grandson, Andrew Hamilton and Great War enthusiast Alan Reed.

The authors have integrated into the text a wide
range of contemporary evidence, including the cartoons of Robert’s famous friend Bruce Bairnsfather, and a variety of original photographs. They have also recreated important episodes in his life, including a fascinating reconstruction of the Christmas Truce between the Warwicks and the Saxons in No Man’s Land.

Where Are The Boys? A book on the first day of the Battle of the Somme

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