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Never Retire: The 6th Royal Irish Rifles at Gallipoli

Never Retire: The 6th Royal Irish Rifles at Gallipoli
Autor: Gavin Hughes, David Truesdale
Data publikacji: 2017-07
ISBN: 9781911512295
Język: angielski
Oprawa: twarda
Liczba stron: 218
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Never Retire is the powerful story of the men who joined the 6th Royal Irish Rifles in August 1914 to fight against Germany and, instead, found themselves fighting the armies of the Ottoman Empire at Gallipoli almost exactly a year. They were part of Ireland's first 'New Army', serving in 29 Brigade of the 10th (Irish) Division, which contained volunteers from every class, creed and cultural background; men with considerable soldiering experience - and none. Yet, unlike the 16th (Irish) or 36th (Ulster) Divisions, this diversity added to the Division's reputation of being a largely non-political and 'cross-community' formation. As the other Divisions fought on the Western Front, the Tenth's deeds were largely forgotten. Yet, it was an unique Irish Division and the 6th Royal Irish Rifles were unique within it. It was the only service battalion present in the 10th (Irish) from its parent Regiment and the only Royal Irish Rifles battalion to fight alongside the ANZACS at Gallipoli. The 6th Rifles also held the dubious honour of having one of the highest Gallipoli casualty rates of the Division.

Using new evidence and carefully researched original sources, Never Retire examines the backgrounds of the men of the 6th Rifles and follows their lives as they enlist, undergo training and then depart for the Dardanelles. It reconstructs the events leading up to early August 1915, when the 6th Rifles landed at Anzac Cove and then fought in the desperate battle to take Sari Bair ridge. It recounts their experiences of life and death during their brief time on the peninsula and chronicles how a battalion, 23 officers and 743 men strong, was left with around 270 men all ranks by the end of the month.

This is the first book to critically examine the wartime experience of an early 10th (Irish) Division battalion, in not only painstaking detail but also great sympathy. This is the story of just one harrowing year of the Great War and how nearly a thousand men fought, died, or survived their experience. This is the Gallipoli story of the 6th Royal Irish Rifles a lost battalion in a lost Division; the story of the men who vowed they would "Never Retire".


About the Author

Dr Gavin Hughes is a military historian, archaeologist and broadcaster, currently with the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Trinity College Dublin, where he is also Director of the Irish Conflict Archaeology Network (CMRS, TCD).

David Truesdale has been a soldier, milkman and civil servant, thankfully retiring in 1998, to change what was a hobby into a full time writing career. Since then he has written for film and television and produced two battlefield guides on behalf of the Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum, The First Eagle: The 87th Foot at the Battle of Barrosa and Regulars By God!: The 89th Foot at the Battle of Lundy s Lane. He is the author of Brotherhood of the Cauldron: Irishmen in the 1st Airborne Division at Arnhem; Angels and Heroes: The story of a machine-gunner with the Royal Irish Fusiliers August 1914 to April 1915 [with Amanda Moreno] and Irish Winners of the Victoria Cross [with Richard Doherty]. With David R Orr, he has written The Rifles Are There; the 1st and 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles in the Second World War and A New Battlefield; The Royal Ulster Rifles in Korea. They are currently in collaboration on a history of the Ulster Volunteer Force and 36th [Ulster] Division in the Great War. For Dutch publisher Robert Sigmond, he has assisted Peter Gijbels with Leading The Way To Arnhem; an Illustrated History of the 21st Independent Parachute Company and Gerrit Pijpers with Arnhem Their Final Battle; the 11th Parachute Battalion 1943-1944. With Bob Gerritsen and Martijn Cornelissen, he has written Arnhem Bridge: Target Mike One, An Illustrated History of the 1s Airlanding Light Regiment RA 1942-1945, North Africa Italy-Arnhem Norway. In May 2016, with John Young, he produced Victoria s Harvest; the Irish soldier in the Zulu War of 1879: With Allan Smith, Theirs Is The Glory Revisited, both published by Helion. His utterly final book on Operation Market Garden, Steel Wall At Arnhem; the history of 4 Parachute Brigade will be published by Helion in September 2016. In July 2016, David, in co-operation with David R Orr, produce, after six years of research, Ulster Will Fight, a two volume history of the Ulster Home Rule crisis and the36th [Ulster] Division, again published by Helion. For relaxation David paints in water colour and acrylic, following the Kelly school of innovation, photographs wildlife, listens to good music, pushes model soldiers around a table top, drinks red wine and finds that Tommaso Aldinoni [1671-1750] and his Oboe Concerto in D Minor, Op9, no2, has been an inspiration during difficult times and dark days.

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