Metcalfe Military History
Welcome to my website dedicated to military history, with a focus on the British Army around the Great War period.
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Site Launch 1st July 2020 – Please do bear with me for the first few months as I get the site up and running. It may mean quite a few changes to the way it looks and works, but I hope to find a good balance in the end!
Hunting through archives and historical records, I often get distracted by things which I had no intention of looking for. One such document I recently stumbled across had the very underwhelming title of “Defence of Communication Trenches”, written by Major H F Whinney and dated to July 1915. Lt Col Harold Fife Whinney D.S.O. O.B.E.Continue reading “Shooting Round Corners Great War Style – Defence of Communication Trenches”
From time to time, I come across some incredible pieces of military uniform and equipment. This stunning and incredibly rare Victorian Sergeant Major’s stable jacket (of the 3rd Dragoon Guards) is one of them. The jacket first came to my attention whilst browsing a local auction room catalogue for a new desk. Bundled in withContinue reading “Victorian Stable Jacket – 3rd Dragoon Guards”
On the morning of the 26 August 1914, the retreat from Mons was in full swing, with widespread confusion sweeping through British troops. The men of the 11th Hussars (Prince Albert’s Own), had now found themselves as rear guard for the retiring British Expeditionary Force (BEF) at the Battle of Le Cateau. The events thatContinue reading “Behind Enemy Lines in 1914 – The Fate of A Squadron, 11th Hussars.”