Dr Bill Mitchinson is a lecturer with King's College London at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Shrivenham. He has written and lectured extensively on the Great War for more than 40 years and has a particular interest in the work of the Territorial Force (TF). His books include the well-received trilogy on the Territorial Force and the Volunteer Training Corps: Defending Albion, England's Last Hope and The Territorial Force at War 1914-1916. These volumes offer an examination of the often difficult and tense relationship between the War Office and the Auxiliaries, and assessments of the efficiency and competence of TF formations in the first half of the war. He has also written several battalion histories, as well as Pioneer Battalions in the Great War, which is a study of these often overlooked units. He regularly leads staff rides to the battlefields of Europe and is a member of both the British Commission for Military History and the Royal Historical Society.
I have thoroughly enjoyed Bill Mitchison's previous books on the Territorial Force and had little doubt that this would also prove to be a well researched and highly readable work. I was not disappointed...This will obviously be of value to anyone interested in this division, but also to readers interested in the Great War as it affected Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire. * Long Long Trail *