ETAPLES Britain’s Notorious Infantry Base Depot, 1914-1919


This book’s main focus is the last year of the war and the camp disorder that led to the Étaples Mutiny in 1917. Étaples was a particularly notorious base camp for those on their way to the front. The officers and NCOs in charge of the training, the “canaries”, had a reputation for not having served at the front, which created a certain amount of tension and contempt. Both raw recruits and battle-weary veterans were subjected to intensive training in gas warfare and bayonet drill, and long sessions of marching at the double across the dunes for two weeks

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