Table of Contents: Introductory (A preliminary note on the work of the Brigade of Guards before the formation of the Guards Division; The formation and concentration of the Guards Division)
The Battle of Loos, September, 1915 (Reasons for the Allied Offensive in the Autumn of 1915; Task of the First Army in the Allied Offensive; Nature of the country on the British Front; German defensive organization; Preparations for the battle and the results of the first day's fighting; Concentration of XI Corps in the zone of operations - failure of the attack on the 20th of September; The Guards Division takes over the line from the 21st and 24th Divisions; Attack by the 2nd Guards Brigade on the Chalk Pit and Puits No. 14 bis; Attack by the 3rd Guards Brigade on Hill 70; Second attack by the 2nd Guards Brigade on Puits No. 14 bis; Extension northward of the line held by the Guards Division and relief of the Division)
The Battle of Loos: Actions of the Hohenzollern Redoubt, October, 1915 (The Guards take over the line opposite the Quarries, 4th of October - alteration of their front owing to the loss of the Hohenzollern Redoubt; German attack on the 2nd Guards Brigade, 8th of October; Decision to continue the British advance - role assigned to the Guards - German attack on the 1st Guards Brigade repulsed - relief of the Guards Division completed, 13th of October - failure of the attack of the 46th Division - the Guards ordered to return to the line; Relief of the 46th Division successfully carried out on the 15th-16th of October - attack by the 2nd and 3rd Guards Brigades on the Hohenzollern Redoubt and Dump trench; Work of the guards in the line - bombing attack by the 2nd Battalion Irish Guards on the west fron of the Hohenzollern Redoubt - relief of the Guards, 26th-27th of October; Some considerations on the Loos operations - share in them of the Guards Division)
The Winter of 1915-1916 (In rest billets in the Bethune area; Relief of the Indian Corps by the XI Corps on the front east and south-east of Laventie; The new line occupied by the XI Corps; Move of the Guards Division into its new area; Bad condition of the trenches - drainage difficulties; Method of holding the line on the front of the XI Corps; Arrangements for the wellbeing and comfort of the troops of the Guards Division during the winter; The divisional defence scheme; Winter operations - raids and reconnaissances; Winter Training - Schools and Courses of instruction; Promotion of Lord Vacan - Brig.-General Feilding appointed G.O.C. the Guards Division - other changes in the commands; The Guards Division leaves the XI and joines the XIV Corps)
In the Ypres Salient, March - July, 1916 (The Guards join the XIV Corps in the Second Army area - in Corps reserve round Cassel and at Calais - relief of the 6th Divison in the Ypres Salient, 16th-20th of March; Work in the line - restoration and reconstruction of the trench system - activity of the German artillery; Hostile raid on the 19th of April - death of Brig.-General Hayworth - the Guards relieved by the 20th Division - the 2nd Guards Brigade sent to relieve the Canadians opposite Hooge - the Guards Division takes over the left sector of the front of the XIV Corps, 16th-19th of June - work in the line; Resumption of an aggressive policy on the front of the Second Army - raids by the Guards - departure of the Division to the Somme area, 27th of July; Arrival of the Guards in the area of the Reserve Army - the Division goes into the line oppose Beaumont Hamel; The social life of the Division - the "Daily Dump" - work of the chaplains)
The Operations on the Somme - The Battles of Flers-Courcelette and Morval, September, 1916 (Objects of the Allies in the battle of the Somme - scope of the operations - nature of the terrain; Opening of the Appied attack, 1st of July - progress of the advance to the middle of September; The XIV Corps tranferred to the Fourth Army front - preparations for the attack on the Morval - Lesboeufs - Gueudecourt line by the Guards Division; The 3rd Guards Brigade relieves the 47th and 48th Infantry Bdes. in the line at Ginchy, 9th-10th of September - German counterattacks in the neighbourhood of Ginchy - attempt to capture the "Quadrilateral" - inter-brigade relief on the Divisional front; The 1st and 2nd Guards Brigades in the line - preparations and dispositions for the attack of the 15th of September; Events of the 13th and 14th of September - assembly of the Guards battalions for the attack; The attack by the 1st and 2nd Guards Brigades on teh 15th of September; The attack of the 3rd Guards Brigades on 16th of September - relief of the Guards Division; Return of the Guards to the line - preparations for the renewal of the offensive; Capture of Lesboeufs by the 1st and 3rd Guards Brigades, 25th of September - the Guards Division withdrawn from the line for rest and training.; Work of the Guards Machine-Gun Companies; during the fighting on the 15th and 25th of September; Work of the Divisional R.E. and the 4th Bn Coldstream Guards (Pioneers) during the course of the operations on the Somme.; Work of the Divisional Artillery on the Somme
The Winter on the Somme, 1916-1917 - The German Retreat to the Hindenburg Line, 14th of March - 5th of April, 1917: The Guards in teh training area - preparations for the winter - work of the Divisional R.E. and 4th Bn. Coldstream Guards (Pioneers) in the devastated area; The Guards relieve the 17th Division in the line, 13th of November - method of holding the front - relief of the Guards by the 5th Australian Division, 21st of November; The Guards relieve the French at Sailly-Saillisel, 4th of December - bad condition of the new front - their relief by the 20th Division, 1st of January, 1917; Work of the Divisional Artillery during the months of October and November, 1916; The Guards relieve the 8th Division between Rancourt and Saillisel, 11th of January, 1917 - work in the new sector - severity of the weather - German withdrawal on the Ancre; Extension of the Divisional front - German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line - pursuit by the Guards - difficulties of the advance - the Guards ordered to consolidate their new positions; Reconstrction work done by the Division in the devastated area - concentration in the Heilly area prearatory to moving to Flanders, May 1917
The Flanders Offensive, 1917 - The Battle of Pilckem Ridge, 31st of July: The Allied initiative on the Western Front - the spring offensive, 1917; The opening of the summer campaign in Flanders - role of the Guards Divisional Artillery and other units of the Division in the battle of Messines, 7th of June; The Guards take over the Boesinghe sector of the line preparatory to the British offensive on the Upres front; Preliminary preparations in the front area; The problem of the crossing of the Yser Canal; Reconnaissance work by the troops in the line; Plan of attack by the Guards Division; Work of the Divisional Artillery, Trench Mortars and Machine Guns on the Divisional front in the preliminary bombardments; Postponement of the Ypres offensive - further raids by the Guards; The crossing of the Yser Canal, 27th of July; Artillery and machine-gun barrage, 31st of July; Advance of the Guards to their first objective, 31st of July; Advance to the second objective; Advance to the third objective; Advance to the fourth objective; Organization of the new line, reliefs, etc.; Work of the Divisional R.E. and 4th Bn. Coldstream Guards (Pioneers), etc., 31st of July; Advance of the day's fighting on the front of the Fifth Army - Share of the Guards Division in the general advance
The Flanders Offensive, 1917 - The Crossing of the Broembeek, 9th of October - Summary of the Work Done by the Guard Division in the Battles of Ypres, 1917: Holding the line - relief of the Guards by the 29th Division, 7th of August; In rest billets in the Proven - Herzeele area; Work of the Divisional Artillery during the month of August; Return of the Guards Division to the line, 27th of August; Fighting on the Broembeek; Relief of the Guards by the 29th Division, 21st of September; Work of the Divisional Artillery during the month of September; Preparations for the resumption of the offensive; The Guards attack 9th of October; Work of the machine gunners 9th of October; Work of the Divisional R.E. and 4th Bn. coldstream Guards (Pioneers), 9th of October; Attack by the 3rd Guards Brigade, 12th of October; Work of the Divisional Artillery during the month of October; Work of the R.A.M.C. on the Divisional front during the Ypres offensive; Casualties suffered by the Guards during the offensive; Summary of the work done by the Division in the Battles of Ypres, 1917; Changes in the Commands and Staff of the Division during the course of the Ypres offensive
The Cambrai Operations, 1917 - The Attack on Fontaine-Notre Dame, by the 2nd Guards Brigade, 27th of November: The reasons for the Cambrai offensive; The Guards Division moves south - scope of the proposed operations in front of Cambrai explained to Major-General Feilding - opening of the attack, 20th of November - the Guards move into the battle zone - relief of the 51st Division in the line by the 1st and 3rd Guards Brigades; Results of the fighting between the 21st and 24th of November; The 3rd Guards Brigade sent to the assistance of the 40th Division - the 2nd Bn. Scots Guards and the 4th Bn. Grenadier Guards in action in Bourlon Wood and south-east of it, 25th of November; The decision for the Guards to attack Fontaine-Notre Dame - Major-General Feilding's objections to the attack overruled; The 2nd Guards Brigade takes over the line preparatory to the attack on Fontaine - Notre Dame; Hurried arrangements for the attack; Attack by the 2nd Guards Brigade upon Fontaine - Notre Dame; Withdrawal of the 2nd Guards Brigade to the British front line; Work of the 2nd Guards Brigade Machine - Gun Company during the fighting, 27th of November; Comments on the engagement of the 27th of November; Relief of the Guards by the 59th Division
List of Maps: Brigade of Guards: Operations, Aug., 1914 to Aug., 1915; The Battle of Loos, 1915. No. 1 - Guards Division: Sept. 27th and 28th; The Battle of Loos, 1915. No. 2 - Guards Division: October; Guards Division: Winter, 1915-16 (Neuve Chapelle front); XIV Corps Sector: Ypres, 1916; Guards Division: Operations, Sept. 15th, 1916; Guards Division: Operations, Sept. 25th, 1916; Attack of Guards Division: July 31st, 1917; Guards Division: Operations, October, 1917; Guards Division: Operations at Bourlon Wood and Fontaine - Notre Dame, Nov., 1917
Great Britain. Army. Brigade of Guards.
World War, 1914-1918--Regimental histories--Great Britain.
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|Title||History of the Guards Division in the Great War 1915-1918, vol 1|
|Library of Congress Control Number||25002482|