BY MOTORBIKE FROM MONS
WAR DIARY OF LIEUTENANT EDWARD SIDNEY HACKER ARMY SERVICE CORPS
AUGUST 4TH TO NOVEMBER 30TH 1914
World War 1’s Centenary Year has brought to light a large number of war diaries, but this is one that is different, if not unique, in its contents. It tells the story of a mechanical transport company supplying a cavalry brigade with ammunition for its horse artillery. Mechanical transport was a new branch of the Army, and there are very few eye-witness accounts of what it was like to be involved with it in those early days. So readers will be able to picture what it felt like to drive a lorry with no windscreen and solid tyres, as it jolted over the French pave in all weathers – not to mention the accompanying dangers from breakdowns, fires, bombs and shells, and of course the advancing Germans who were never far away.
The diary will also delight those with a mechanical bent, with its descriptions of how to mend cracked cylinders, cannibalize spare parts from ‘duds’, and all the other improvisations which seem to belong to a different world. And for the serious researcher there is the light which the diary throws on the whole matter of how mechanical transport was used in those early days of the War.
The war diary
1. Order of battle – August 1914
2. Order of battle – November 1914
3. Army colleagues and acquaintances
4. Extracts from the Corps journal
5. ‘Old Bill’
6. E.S.H.’s Army Records – relevant entries
Index of maps :
Arrival in France and first contact with the enemy – Aug. 19-23
The retreat from Mons 1 – Aug. 23-30
The retreat from Mons 2 – Aug. 31 to Sept. 10
The advance to Aisne – Sept. 6-12
On the Aisne – Sept. 13 to Oct. 3
The move to Flandres – Oct. 2-13
The area around Ypres – Oct. 13 to Nov. 30
The book is new, soft cover, 115 pages, English text.
ISBN : 978-1-506147826