Call to Arms

Call to Arms

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This is a comprehensive account of how the British Army coped with and adapted to the enormous challenges and pressures of the First World War -- the first major continental war that the army had had to fight for almost a hundred years. Following the course of the War, both on the Western Front and in other theatres, Charles Messenger tells how the British Army managed the challenges of command, training, technology and new weapons of war. He examines officer selection, medicine, discipline, the manpower crisis of 1918, the integration of women into the forces and many other topics. Based on years of original research, this will become the standard work of reference on the organization and administration of the biggest army Britain has ever put into the field.a#39;They had fired only five rounds of ball cartridge; many of them did not know how to load and unload a rifle, to fix and unfix a bayonet.a#39; Furthermore, many came from other regiments and resented having to change cap badges.4 The situation anbsp;...

Title:Call to Arms
Author:Charles Messenger
Publisher:Hachette UK - 2015-04-30


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