The Irish Guards in the Great War Book Volume 1 by Rudyard Kipling
1st Edition Published in 1923
Of the many regimental histories published in the wake of the Great War, this has to be the most unique, written as it was by Rudyard Kipling, one of our greatest literary geniuses, about the Regiment in which his only son John briefly served before his tragic disappearance and death in the battle of Loos.
Kipling hailed it as his masterpiece : ‘This will be my great work…It is done with agony and bloody sweat’ – a verdict echoed by universal and unanimous critical acclaim. Kipling spent five years in laborious research while writing this book – simultaneously searching in vain for John’s final resting place