Paper $31.00 ISBN: 9781908487384 Published December 2015 For Sale in USA and Canada Only

San Fairy Ann?

Motorcycles and British Victory 1914-1918

Michael Carragher

San Fairy Ann?

Michael Carragher

Distributed for Firestep

With a Foreword by Dr. John Bourne
294 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2013  
Paper $31.00 ISBN: 9781908487384 Published December 2015 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
The unsung heroes of many a military endeavor—particularly before the rise of mobile technology—messengers were often the deciding factor of who wins a battle and who loses. There are no finer examples of these crucial players than the Despatch Rider Corps of World War I. Essential to successful communication between soldiers during the war, these motorcycling rascals raced around the country delivering messages and occasionally wreaking mayhem on the enemy.
 
In San Fairy Ann?, Michael Carragher tells the story of these underappreciated riders who played a pivotal role in preventing German victory. He tracks the adventures of one despatch messenger in particular, Roger West, an amateur rider in the British Expeditionary Force. At one point in his career, West—one of his feet was so injured he couldn’t wear a boot—thought it “seemed a pity” that a bridge along the Great Retreat of August 1914 was open to the German armies, so he rode back to blow it up.
 
San Fairy Ann? gives life to the incredible forgotten stories of the motorcycle men who rode day and night to hold a desperate army together through a combination of grit, bravery, and a dash of roguery.
Contents
Acknowledgements
Foreword
Introduction
Chapter 1: Iron Men, Steel Machines
Chapter 2: To War on Two Wheels
Chapter 3: You Could Get Killed Out There
Chapter 4: Meet Don R. 
Chapter 5: Chariots of Automatic Fire
Chapter 6: Frenchmen on the Side
Chapter 7: Not the West End
Chapter 8: San Fairy Ann?
Appendix 1: Motorcycles—Numbers
Appendix 2: Awards and Recognitions
Appendix 3: Riders of the Storm
Abbreviations and glossary
References
Index
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