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It Was An Awful Sunday - 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
The 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers at the Battle of Festubert 15-17 May 1915
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Michael James Nugent

The first comprehensive published account of the experiences of an Irish battalion at the Battle of Festubert, May 1915.

The book covers the experiences of the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers from August 1914 to the Battle of Festubert in May 1915 where they suffered 65 percent casualties. Including many personal accounts, it tells the story of the officers and men of a closely knit battalion recruited from across the community in the North of Ireland. The book examines the impact that the tactics of both the Empire and German Forces at the battles of Neuve Chapelle and Aubers Ridge, and the subsequent ‘Munitions Crisis’ had on the conduct of the battle of Festubert. The daily life of the soldiers throughout the winter of 1914/15 is covered along with the bearing that the topography and weather conditions had on the outcome of the battle. The post battle impact on individuals and the battalion as a unit are also covered in detail.

About the author
Michael runs the research company called WW1 Research Ireland focusing on those who served in the Great War from the island of Ireland. He is a member of History Hub Ulster, a group promoting projects and partnerships focusing on the WW1 achievements of Ulstermen and women and holds an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies.

Pub date: 9 July 2015
ISBN: 978-1-908336-36-1
Format: 152x229mm
Binding: Paperback
Extent: 244pp
Price: £14.99
Publisher: Tommies Guides
Imprint: Reveille Press

BIC Classifications:
First World War (HBWN)
British & Irish history (HBJD1)
First World War, 1914-1918 (3JJF)
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