Private Papers of Major General G N Wood CB CBE DSO MC MA
A detailed collection of reminiscences (112pp in total) detailing his joining the Army in 1915, a short wartime course at Sandhurst following the 2nd Battle of Ypres, his time as a Subaltern in France in command of 14 Platoon, 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment (32nd Division), including fighting at Beaumont Hamel, his being shot, recuperation in No 8 General Hospital, an account of the Canadian Army riots in Kinmel Park Camp, Bodelwyddan, Wales (March 1919), volunteering as a Subaltern in South Russia (1919 - 1920), based in Novo Tcherkask, with Don Cossacks, and in Kharkov, training Russian Officers and NCOs, the withdrawal of the British Military Mission in 1920 and his time with the Greek Army in Asia Minor (1920) including the award of the Military Cross, an account of the military control of Londonderry, Ireland (1919 - 1923), rejoining the 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment in Ireland, the 1st and 2nd Battalions, Dorsets, meeting in Malta (1923), his taking over as Brigade Major at Alexandria, Egypt, service in Khyber as Brigade Major (1934), and a good account of his service as a Staff Officer in the Second World War, firstly as GSO2 to HQ of IV Corps, and then as Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion, Dorsertshire Regiment, which took part in the Burma Campaign of 1944-1945 and the Battle of Kohima, and then Brigadier General Staff XXXIII Indian Corps 1943-1944, and Commander of the 25th Indian Division 1944-1946.
Military conflict took place during every year of the 20th Century. There were only short periods of time that the world was free of war. The total number of deaths caused by war during the 20th Century has been estimated at 187 million and is probably higher.