The Irish Guards in the Great War: The First Battalion - Rudyard KiplingStroud: Spellmount, 2007, Paperback.
Condition: Near Fine.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Maps; Appendices (3);
From the cover: “First published in 1923, Kipling’s little-known masterpiece is an utterly individual contribution to the art of regimental history. In August 1914 Kipling’s son John, not yet seventeen, volunteered for a commission in the Army, but being under age and with poor sight, was initially refused. His father’s friendship with Lord Roberts was used to gain him a commission in the Irish Guards. John Kipling’s Battalion was at once deployed in the costly battle of Loos, where he was among the earliest casualties.
Kipling was devastated, and on being asked by Irish Guards Headquarters, set about writing a regimental history as a monument to his son’s service. The result of five years of laborious research, it is both a military and a literary masterpiece. Kipling employed his exceptional descriptive powers, his empathy with fighting men under breaking-strain and his habitual passion for detail to wonderful effect.”