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The Journey’s End Battalion – The 9th East Surrey in the Great War

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Save 25% off RRP: The Journey’s End Battalion – The 9th East Surrey in the Great War by Michael Lucas.

R.C. Sherriff, author of Journey’s End, the most famous play of the Great War, saw all his frontline service with the 9th Battalion East Surrey Regiment. This intense experience profoundly affected his writing and, through his play, it continues to have a powerful influence on our understanding of the conflict. Yet the story of his battalion – known as ‘The Gallants’ after the bravery it displayed during the Battle of Loos – has never been told in full until now.

In The Journey’s End Battalion, Michael Lucas gives a vivid account of its history. Using official and unofficial sources, diaries, letters, and British and German wartime records, he describes the individuals who served in it and the operations they took part in. He identifies the inspiration for Journey’s End and considers how Sherriff delved into his experiences and those of his fellow soldiers in order to create his drama.

The narrative covers the battalion’s bloody initiation at Loos, its role in the fighting on the Somme at Guillemont and Delville Wood and during the Third Battle of Ypres, then the part it played in the desperate defence against the German 1918 offensives and its contribution to the Allied advance to victory.

Despite the presence of Sherriff and other notable individuals, the 9th East Surrey was in many ways typical of the southern Kitchener battalions, and Michael Lucas’s account of its service provides a fascinating contrast with the northern Pals battalions whose story has been more often told. So not only does the book shed new light on the wartime experience of R.C. Sherriff, but it is a valuable record of the operation of a British battalion on the Western Front during the Great War.

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From Journey’s End to The Dam Busters – The Life of R.C. Sherriff

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Save 25% off RRP: From Journey’s End to The Dam Busters – The Life of R.C. Sherriff, Playwright of the Trenches by Roland Wales.

Kingston playwright R.C. Sherriff came to fame with his First World War drama Journey’s End, which was based on his own experiences as a young officer on the Western Front. Its success made him a household name and opened the door to a highly lucrative career as a novelist, playwright and screenwriter in Hollywood and in Britain.

Many of his movies – The Invisible Man, Goodbye Mr Chips, The Four Feathers, Odd Man Out, Quartet, and, of course, The Dam Busters – are still well known, but the man behind them much less so. This book rediscovers Sherriff using his own words – his letters, diaries, published and unpublished manuscripts – to shed light on a man who ironically gained his greatest success from the trench warfare he found so difficult to bear.

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The Battle of Loos The Great War Illustrated 1918 Delville Wood Ypres

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