From the Dust of Africa to the Mud of Flanders – William Endley
206 x 260, colour, hardcover
Author William Endley takes the reader on a long journey from the dust of Southern Africa to the mud of Flanders on the Western Front in this illustrated history and reference work on the First World War. He has provided an in-depth and exciting account of the origin of the Union Defence Force and Sir Abe Bailey’s Sharpshooters. The incredible journey, often based on first-hand accounts, provides the first in-depth analysis of the initial experiences of the South African contribution to the Great War. Artifacts are used to tell the story and are a unique reference and practical guide. Elaborate photographs and detailed descriptions from the Endley collection provide the details of uniforms, headdress, insignia, firearms, edged weapons, field equipment as well as medals and other awards. Enlistment, recruitment and training for the Union Defence Force and Bailey’s Sharpshooters are discussed in detail. A comprehensive analysis of the treatment of the wounded and the effects of weather-related difficulties on the Western Front is included. Detailed biographical notes feature throughout the work. Endley’s book is a ‘must read’ for the military historian, collector, researcher and World War One enthusiast.