43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division histories

Discussion in 'Higher Formations' started by Chris C, Sep 21, 2018.

  1. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    Hi all,

    Hope this is the right place for this post (should it be under Higher Formations instead?)

    I was wondering, what is the best history of the 43rd (Wessex) Division?

    I am aware of the following books:
    - there was some brief book published in 1946
    - Brigadier Essame's history, published 1952
    - Patrick Delaforce wrote The Fighting Wessex Wyverns, published 1994
    - And, not a history per se, there is the interesting-sounding volume, The British Way of War in Northwest Europe, 1944-5: A Study of Two Infantry Divisions by one L. P. Devine, which compares the experiences of the 43rd (Wessex) with that of the 53rd (Welsh)

    I suppose the real contenders for "which book should I buy" is either Essame or Delaforce's book. Thoughts? (I can probably guess that Essame's is better if I'm willing to track down a copy...)
  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Buy both .
    Delaforce has more Veteran account but Essame's is a proper history.
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  3. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    Touche! :)
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  4. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    Thanks for posting Seroster - it reminded me, that I still do not have a copy of Essame's "Wessex at War." o_O

    Just ordered one on Abe Books! :D

    P.S. Need another bookcase
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  5. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    And therein lies a (financial and space) danger in buying too many books! :)

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