Being the son of the Duke of Westminster, whose family traces its lineage back to 1066, Lord Hugh Grosvenor was destined to become a cavalry officer in the prestigious 1st Regiment of Life Guards. Using unpublished letters home and contemporary accounts Noble Sacrifice describes Lord Hugh's embarkation for France and the early mounted encounters which halted the enemy onslaught against the 'contemptible little army'. These led to the stalemate of trench warfare and found Lord Hugh and his Squadron holding out at Zandvoorde during the First Battle of Ypres 1914 and being annihilated by superior numbers of enemy forces in some of the most desperate fighting of the First World War. Due to the advances in military hardware, the war for Lord Hugh and his comrades marked a turning point in cavalry tactics. As well as being a dramatic account of Lord Hugh Grosvenor's last stand, Noble Sacrifice is a very personal story of courage and self-sacrifice. This heroic yet tragic story has a mysterious twist. The bodies of Lord Hugh and his 100 soldiers were never found - it was as if they had never existed.
Mike McBride was a trooper in the Queen's Own Yeomanry and worked for the Ministry of Defence before joining the Cheshire Constabulary where he served a full career. He also trained the protective services of Trinidad and Tobago. Retiring in 2011 he is in charge of security at Eaton Hall Estate. Mike's published books include Street Survival Skills, Crime Patrol, UK Police Guide (published by Pen and Sword Books) , European Police Firearms and he was editor of IHS Jane's Police and Homeland Security Equipment for more than a decade. He has chaired numerous international conferences on Border Security, Less-Lethal Weapons and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear weapons.