The History of the Green Howards

The History of the Green Howards

by Geoffrey Powell, John S.W. Powell


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Regimental histories abound, but few can be as stirring as this story of the fortunes of the famous Yorkshire-based Green Howards.

Raised in 1688 in response to a call for loyal troops, the Green Howards have maintained their tradition of loyalty over the past 300 years winning many superb battle honors. Their history reflects that of the British Army as there is hardly a major campaign that this Regiment has not been involved in; the French Wars of 1697-1793, the American War of Independence, Crimean War, First and Second World Wars, service in Suez, Malaya, Northern Ireland, peacekeeping operations in Bosnia and the war in the Gulf.

This fine book brings the story of one of Britain's finest regiments right up to date.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473857964
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 03/15/2016
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Geoffrey Powell served much of the Second World War in the Parachute Regiment, was awarded the Military Cross for action at Arnhem. Between 1982 and 1984 he became deputy Colonel of the Green Howards. His publications include: Men at Arnhem, Plumer: The Soldier's General, and The Kandyan Wars.

John Powell retired from the Regiment in 1998. He had served as CO of the 1st Battalion in Londonderry from 1987-1989 and for the tercentenary in Catterick. He was Deputy Colonel of the Green Howards from 1996-2001, he currently lives in Hampshire

Table of Contents

Foreword Majesty Harald V, King of Norway 9

Preface Field Marshal The Lord Inge, KG, GCB, DL 11

Author's Introduction 13

Chapter 1 Early Days: 1688-97 17

Chapter 2 The French Wars: 1697-1793 33

Chapter 3 The Kandyan Wars and Napoleon: 1793-1820 57

Chapter 4 From Napoleon to the Crimea: 1820-56 79

Chapter 5 Queen Victoria's Small Wars: 1856-1902 95

Chapter 6 The First World War and Its Prelude: 1902-15 123

Chapter 7 First World War: 1915-18 143

Chapter 8 The Inter-War Years: 1918-39 165

Chapter 9 Second World War: Norway co Tunisia, 1939-43 183

Chapter 10 Second World War: Sicily to the Elbe, 1943-5 199

Chapter 11 Retreat From Empire, and the National Serviceman: 1945-68 219

Chapter 12 Professionals Again: 1968-91 239

Chapter 13 A New World Order: 1991-2001 255

Epilogue 269

Notes 272

Appendix A Colonels-in-Chief and Colonels of the Regiment 281

Appendix B Battle Honours 281

Appendix C Victoria and George Crosses 282

Appendix D Regimental Family Tree 284

Appendix E Regimental Collect 286

Appendix F Regimental Music 286

Appendix G Regimental Secretaries 290

Abbreviations 290

Bibliography 291

Index 295

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