Numbering over five million men, Britain's army in World War I was the biggest in the country's history. Remarkably, nearly half those who served in it were volunteers, almost 2.5 million men enlisting between August 1914 and December 1915. How did Britain succeed in creating a mass army almost from scratch, in the midst of a major war? The author describes how Kitchener's New Armies were raised and reviews the main political, economic and social effects of the recruiting campaign. He then examines the experiences and impressions of the men who made up the New Armies. The book won the Society for Army Historical Research's Templar Medal for 1988 and will be of interest both to those studying the period and those who have a more personal interest in the story of Britain's citizen soldiers of the Great War.
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Peter Simkins worked at the Imperial War Museum for over 35 years and was its Senior Historian from 1976 until his retirement in 1999. Awarded the MBE that year for his services to the Museum, he is currently Honorary Professor in Modern History at the University of Birmingham, a Vice-President of the Western Front Association and a Fellow of the Royal Historial Society. Peter Simkins is the author of numerous publications on the Great War, including the book Kitchener's Army (1988), which was awarded the Templar Medal by the Society for Army Historical Research, and hs is now working with Dr Gary Sheffield and John Lee, on a two-volume study, Haig's Army.Review:
an excellent and essential work of reference. (C. Baker, Great War Forum)
...well-written...does an excellent job of putting Britain’s volunteer army, which affected so many families, into context. This highly recommended text will give you an appreciation of what your ancestors experienced and tell you where to look for more information. (FGS Forum)
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Book Description Manchester Univ Pr, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0719026385
Book Description Manchester Univ Pr, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110719026385