The Norfolk Regiment on the Western Front 1914-1918

Author(s): Steve Smith

ISBN: 9781781558270
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The untold story of the Norfolk Regiment on the Western Front using previously unpublished photos, diaries and accounts.
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  • Historically rich in detail with previously unpublished photographs

  • A definitive history of the Norfolk Regiment on the Western Front

  • Previously unpublished letters and accounts give a unique insight into what it was like to serve in the trenches of France and Flanders

  • A comprehensive guidebook as well as a detailed history

Steve Smith tells the story of five battalions of the Norfolk Regiment who served on the Western Front using previously unseen photographs, diaries, accounts and letters.

He has also had full access to the Norfolk Regiment Museum archives, and it is the courageous men who served in the Norfolks who will tell this story.

The Norfolk Regiment on the Western Front 1914-1918 will interest readers nationally and locally as it not only studies the regiment’s participation in well-known battles such as Ypres and the Somme, but also takes a fresh look at the lesser-known battles fought – battles such as Elouges in 1914 and Kaiserschlacht in 1918.

Smith has considered the German perspective too, looking at the men who faced them at places such as Falfemont Farm in 1916. Using new evidence from the regiment’s participation in the Christmas Truce, he separates the truth from myth surrounding the stories of football played at this time, a controversy that still rages.

Smith has walked the ground over which they fought and fresh maps complement this research so the book serves as a history aid for those at home and a guidebook for those who wish to get out and explore, down to trench level, the ground covered in its pages.

BOOK ISBN 9781781558270
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 416 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS 80 black-and white photos



Steve Smith’s interest in military history stems from his family’s experiences during the First and Second World War where he has traced their histories. It is both a passion and a calling to him. He served in the RAF from 1985 to 2003 as an RAF Police NCO and settled in Norfolk. He is married with three daughters and is a qualified battlefield guide and author of two books relating to subjects in both conflicts. His main interest in life is now guiding groups and walking the battlefields of France and Belgium to develop his knowledge of the subject.

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