2nd Bedfords in France and Flanders
We are pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of Bedfordshire Historical Records Society volume number 89, The 2nd Bedfords in France and Flanders 1914 to 1918, by BLARS Archivist Martin Deacon.
Copies will be available from 19th August 2010.
The 2nd Bedfords in France and Flanders 1914 to 1918 is a companion volume to The Shiny Seventh , published in 2004 which was the edited war diaries of the 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment in the First World War.
The 2nd Battalion was a regular unit which was in South Africa on the outbreak of war. It arrived in Europe just in time to take place in the First Battle of Ypres in October 1914 and was, thereafter, engaged in some of the bloodiest battles on the Western Front including Neuve Chapelle and Loos in 1915, successive attacks on the Somme in 1916, and minor actions at Ypres in 1917. In 1918 it withstood two separate German offensives, in Picardy and then at Ypres. The battalion then, having been reduced to fewer than 200 men, absorbed the 7th Battalion and took a prominent part in the successful offensives in 1918, going into action for the last time a week before the Armistice.
The volume includes the war diary itself, a day-by-day account of the battalion's actions, as well as operational orders and other messages surrounding its battles. Directions for three drives around these and other battlefields where the 2nd Bedfords saw action are included for the pleasure of anyone with an interest in the battalion visiting northern France and southern Belgium.