Hertfordshire Military History

UH Press is pleased to announce that it is now distributing the Hart Books list of titles by distinguished military historian Col. J.D. Sainsbury.

Colonel J.D. Sainsbury was born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, in 1938 and commissioned in the Royal Artillery during National Service, which he spent with a field regiment in Germany.

On release from full-time service he joined the Bank of England, where he worked until taking early retirement in 1989. He then spent twenty years as a historical consultant and archivist in the Honours and Awards Branch of the Military Secretary’s Department of the Ministry of Defence.

As a Territorial Army officer he served in local field artillery units and in a variety of staff jobs, until retiring in 2000. He was appointed OBE (Military Division) in the 1997 New Year Honours.

John Sainsbury’s interest in military history goes back to his schooldays but gained real purpose when, on joining the Hertfordshire Yeomanry (by then a field regiment of the Royal Artillery) he discovered how little had been published on the units of the Auxiliary Forces raised in the county.

Since his first book, Hertfordshire’s Soldiers, was published in 1969, he has written a number of books on the various units raised in Hertfordshire since Napoleonic times, ten of which are now available through University of Hertfordshire Press.

In recognition of his work in preserving and recording the history of military units raised in Hertfordshire he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1991.

Books to explore

  • Hertfordshire Yeomanry and Artillery

    Author: J.D. Sainsbury

    Format: Paperback

    A useful supplement to all four volumes of the history of the Hertfordshire Yeomanry and Artillery units, this very fully researched account lists awards for gallantry, for meritorious service and for long and efficient service, giving citations for gallantry and meritorious service awards wherever possible.

    Price:
    £7.50

  • Hertfordshire's Army Cadets

    Author: J.D. Sainsbury

    Format: Paperback

    This book gives an account of the Army Cadet Force and the Army contingents of the Combined Cadet Force both nationally and within Hertfordshire. Having given the national picture, Col. Sainsbury presents a detailed account of the development of Hertfordshire’s cadet units. A wealth of historical research is accompanied by

    Price:
    £15

  • Herts V.R.

    Author: J.D. Sainsbury

    Format: Paperback

    An account of the Hertfordshire Volunteer Regiment and other units of the Volunteer Training Corps and the Volunteer Force raised in Hertfordshire, 1914-1921

    Price:
    £12

  • The Hertfordshire Batteries, Royal Field Artillery

    Author: J.D. Sainsbury

    Format: Paperback

    This is the second of four volumes that constitute the official history of all Hertfordshire Yeomanry and Artillery units.

    Price:
    £7.50

  • The Hertfordshire Yeomanry

    Author: J.D. Sainsbury

    Format: Paperback

    An illustrated history 1794–1920

    Price:
    £12.50

  • The Hertfordshire Yeomanry Regiments, Royal Artillery

    Author: J.D. Sainsbury

    Format: Paperback

    Price:
    £15.00

    Out of print

  • Price:
    £15.00

    Out of print

  • The Home Guard in Hertfordshire 1940-1945

    Author: J.D. Sainsbury

    Format: Paperback

    An account of the Local Defence Volunteers and the Home Guard in Hertfordshire from raising in 1940 to disbandment in 1945

    Price:
    £25

  • The Home Guard in Hertfordshire 1952-1957

    Author: J.D. Sainsbury

    Format: Paperback

    This is the first properly researched account of the post-war Home Guard in any county and it also incorporates very full details of the national picture.

    Price:
    £12