Broken Sword

The Tumultuous Life of General Frank Crozier 1897 - 1937

Charles Messenger

Date Published :
February 2014
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
20 illustrations
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781848848979

Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 240
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Brigadier General Frank Crozier (1879-1937) was a highly controversial figure in his day. As a young soldier he saw active service in the Boer War and West Africa before being forced to leave the Army because of financial irresponsibility. He tried to start a new life in Canada and then, on his return to Britain, joined the Ulster Volunteer Force. On the outbreak of war he became second-in-command of a battalion in 36th Ulster Division, becoming its commanding officer in autumn 1915 and leading it in action on 1 July 1916. He commanded a brigade with much success for the rest of the war. Forbidden to stay on in the Army, he became inspector-general of the Lithuanian Army in late 1919, but resigned after six months. Made commandant of the Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary at the height of the Troubles, he resigned in highly controversial circumstances. After being made bankrupt for a second time, he was involved in the League of Nations Union and then turned to pacifism, becoming a founder member of the Peace Pledge Union. By now he had, through his writings, become a thorn in the side of the Establishment.

About The Author

Charles Messenger served for twenty years in the Royal Tank Regiment before retiring to become a military historian and defense analyst. He is the author of some forty books, mainly on twentieth century warfare. Some have been published in several languages and have been widely acclaimed. He has also written and helped to direct several TV documentary series and carried out a large number of historical studies for the Ministry of Defence.


"The author has done a fine job rescuing this interesting and controversial, flawed figure, Crozier -- considered a fine “front line commander” of the Great War -- from relative obscurity. The reader of this volume will gain a greater appreciation of the human element of leadership in combat, and will enjoy reading this absorbing account as much as the author seemingly enjoyed writing it."

- International Bibliography of Military History

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