The Great War was the first conflict to draw men and women into uniform on a massive scale. From a small regular service of barely 250,000, the British army rapidly expanded into a national force of over five million. ‘A Nation in Arms’ brings together original research from distinguished historians into the impact of the war on the army as an institution, giving a revealing account of those who served in it, and offering fascinating insights into its social history during the bloodiest war it has ever fought.
The opening chapter focuses on military participation in wartime Britain and its repercussions. The authors go on to examine the regular army in 1914, the officers, Kitchener’s New Armies, the Territorials, soldiers and civilians, the relationship of the army to society, and a final chapter reassesses the post-war army. To illuminate their general theme, the authors highlight the experience of individual units, among them the Black Watch, the Buckinghamshire battalions of the Territorial Force, and the Welsh 113th Brigade of the New Army.
NATION IN ARMS The British Army in the First World War
Rarely have a more distinguished team of historians brought their talents to bear on a single subject: the British Army in the Great War. This new edition of a collection first published in 1985 features such names as Ian Beckett, John Keegan, Keith Simpson, Keith Jeffrey and Jay Winter examining every aspect of the ever expanding army and its relation to society in the bloodiest war Britain has ever fought. Simply unmissable.
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