The first complete history of the regiment, this is a book for general readers as well as those interested in military history. The story is set in the context of the political and military events of its times, and covers episodes from the Capture of Gibraltar to the Siege of Lucknow, trench warfare in the First World War, the Battle of the Cauldron in North Africa and the ferocious fighting in Normandy in 1944, up to the post-war period and amalgamation with the Somerset Light Infantry in 1959. Throughout the book, the author describes the successive operations around the world of the former regiments that eventually became the DCLI, and of its separate battalions. He adds an appendix on the SCLI, successor to the DCLI.
‘I am delighted and very impressed with the book.’ David Kynaston Austerity Britain series
'Anyone seeking to understand the practical workings of that puzzling, infuriating, endearing and invaluable thing, the British regimental system, will find its mechanisms laid bare here.' Richard Holmes
'A masterpiece, containing stirring, often darkly humourous narrative.' WMN
Among early, widely praised titles from Tabb House are biographies including THE SLENDER TREE: a Life of Alice Meynell by June Badeni; also A RADICAL ARISTOCRAT: Sir William Molesworth of Pencarrow by Alison Adburgham (republished in paperback in 2007); and MUSIC IN THE AIR, the memoirs of a classical musician, Clifton Helliwell.