Call to Arms

Call to Arms

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.

Author: Charles Messenger

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781780227597

Category: History

Page: 576

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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.
Categories: History

British Regiments 1914 1918

British Regiments  1914 1918

In this marvellous volume is listed every cavalry and Yeomanry regiment, every battalion of every infantry regiment, Regular, Territorial or other - that existed during the Great War.

Author: E. A. James

Publisher:

ISBN: 1843421976

Category: Great Britain

Page: 140

View: 545

One of the most used and most useful works of reference on the Great War ever published. In this marvellous volume is listed every cavalry and Yeomanry regiment, every battalion of every infantry regiment, Regular, Territorial or other - that existed during the Great War. In every case the location of the unit on 4 August 1914 is given, or the date and place of its formation if raised after the outbreak of war. Its initial disposition, subsequent moves, changes in subordination and final disposal or location on 11 November 1918 are all recorded. Thus, in a masterly and concise form, we have the war service record of 31 regular and 17 reserve cavalry regiments, 57 Yeomanry regiments and their second and third line counterparts and nearly 1,750 infantry battalions. Several appendices contain a mine of information; a table of the infantry regiments showing the number of the different types of battalions each had, regular, reserve, extra reserve, territorial, New Army, garrison etc.; how the New Army battalions were raised; the Training Reserve; list of infantry divisions; summary of battle honours, casualties and VCs of each infantry regiment. Finally, there is a good index.
Categories: Great Britain

Command and Morale

Command and Morale

The range of his writing, the insights he offers and the sometimes controversial conclusions he reaches mean this thought provoking book will be indispensable reading for all students of the First World War and of modern warfare in general.

Author: Gary Sheffield

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781473834668

Category: History

Page: 256

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Gary Sheffield is one of the most versatile and stimulating of military historians at work today, and this selection of his outstanding essays on the First World War is essential reading for anyone who is keen to broaden their understanding of the subject. For three decades, in a series of perceptive books and articles, he has examined the nature of this war from many angles from the point of view of the politicians and the high command through to the junior officers and other ranks in the front line. Command and Morale presents in a single volume a range of his shorter work, and it shows his scholarship at its best.Among the topics he explores is the decision-making of the senior commanders, the demands of coalition warfare, the performance of Australian forces, the organization and the performance of the army in the field, the tactics involved, the exercise of command, the importance of morale, and the wider impact of the war on British society. Every topic is approached with the same academic rigour and attention to detail which are his hallmarks and which explain why his work has been so influential. The range of his writing, the insights he offers and the sometimes controversial conclusions he reaches mean this thought provoking book will be indispensable reading for all students of the First World War and of modern warfare in general.
Categories: History

The British Army 1914 18

The British Army 1914   18

This book details the development, composition and uniforms of this "new" army.

Author: Donald Fosten

Publisher: Osprey Publishing

ISBN: 0850452872

Category: History

Page: 48

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Between 1869 and 1874, Edward Cardwell, Gladstone's Secretary for War, undertook major reforms to modernise the British Army. The Crimean War and campaigns in India had revealed serious administrative and command shortcomings. Cardwell's legislation was aimed at curing these faults and served as the foundation of a new-style army. His successors put into practice further improvements in tactics, training and command structure, and by the outbreak of war in 1914, the British Army had developed into one of the best professional fighting forces in Europe. This book details the development, composition and uniforms of this "new" army.
Categories: History

Sternest of Tests

Sternest of Tests

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.

Author: Charles Messenger

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 030435368X

Category:

Page: 352

View: 259

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 the story of how the British Army managed the challenges of command, training, technology and new weapons of war, the heavy casualties of trench warfare and the need to maintain morale ¿ as the course of the war transformed the Army in all its aspects.
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Command and Control on the Western Front

Command and Control on the Western Front

The popular perception of callous, incompetent generals presiding over the bloody, futile attacks of World War I has been proved to be simplistic. A team of leading historians provides fresh assessments of key figures, such as Haig.

Author: Gary Sheffield

Publisher: Spellmount, Limited Publishers

ISBN: 1862274207

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 179

A study by historians of the First World War considers various aspects of command at various levels on the Western Front. This book describes, if the British Army really had been led by donkeys, then how was the war won and how did the Army reach such a peak of military excellence in 1918?
Categories: History

The British Army in Battle and Its Image 1914 18

The British Army in Battle and Its Image 1914 18

In this collection of essays of incomparable scholarship, Stephen Badsey explores in individual detail how the British Army fought in the First World War, how politics and strategy affected its battles and the decisions of senior commanders ...

Author: Stephen Badsey

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441112965

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 391

In this collection of essays of incomparable scholarship, Stephen Badsey explores in individual detail how the British Army fought in the First World War, how politics and strategy affected its battles and the decisions of senior commanders such as Douglas Haig, and how these issues were intimately intertwined with the mass media portrayal of the Army to itself and to the British people. Informative, provocative, and often entertaining, based on more than a quarter-century of research, these essays on the British Army in the First World War range through topics from a trench raid to modern television comedy. As a contribution to progressive military history, The British Army in Battle and Its Image 1914-1918 proves that the way the British Army fought and its portrayal through the media cannot be separated. It is one of a growing number of studies which show that, far from being in opposition to each other, cultural history and the history of battle must be combined for the First World War to be properly understood. For more information visit Stephen Badsey's website www.stephenbadsey.com .
Categories: History

Communications and British Operations on the Western Front 1914 1918

Communications and British Operations on the Western Front  1914 1918

This is an important new study examining the military operations of the British Expeditionary Force in 1914-18 through the lens of its communications system.

Author: Brian N. Hall

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316623696

Category: History

Page: 362

View: 503

This is an important new study examining the military operations of the British Expeditionary Force in 1914-18 through the lens of its communications system. Brian Hall charts how new communications technology such as wireless, telephone and telegraph were used alongside visual signalling, carrier pigeons and runners as the British army struggled to develop a communication system adequate enough to wage modern warfare. He reveals how tenuous communications added to the difficulties of command and control during the war's early years, and examines their role during the major battles of the Somme, Arras, Ypres and Cambrai. It was only in 1918 that the British army would finally develop a flexible and sophisticated communications system capable of effectively coordinating infantry, artillery, tanks and aeroplanes. This is a major contribution to our understanding of British military operations during the First World War, the learning processes of armies and the revolution in military affairs.
Categories: History

Battle Tactics of the Western Front

Battle Tactics of the Western Front

In this book a renowned military historian studies the evolution of British infantry tactics during the war and challenges this interpretation, showing that while the British army's plans and technologies failed persistently during the ...

Author: Paddy Griffith

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300066635

Category: History

Page: 286

View: 870

Historians have portrayed British participation in World War I as a series of tragic debacles, with lines of men mown down by machine guns, with untried new military technology, and incompetent generals who threw their troops into improvised and unsuccessful attacks. In this book a renowned military historian studies the evolution of British infantry tactics during the war and challenges this interpretation, showing that while the British army's plans and technologies failed persistently during the improvised first half of the war, the army gradually improved its technique, technology, and, eventually, its' self-assurance. By the time of its successful sustained offensive in the fall of 1918, says Paddy Griffith, the British army was demonstrating a battlefield skill and mobility that would rarely be surpassed even during World War II. Evaluating the great gap that exists between theory and practice, between textbook and bullet-swept mudfield, Griffith argues that many battles were carefully planned to exploit advanced tactics and to avoid casualties, but that breakthrough was simply impossible under the conditions of the time. According to Griffith, the British were already masters of "storm troop tactics" by the end of 1916, and in several important respects were further ahead than the Germans would be even in 1918. In fields such as the timing and orchestration of all-arms assaults, predicted artillery fire, "Commando-style" trench raiding, the use of light machine guns, or the barrage fire of heavy machine guns, the British led the world. Although British generals were not military geniuses, says Griffith, they should at least be credited for effectively inventing much of the twentieth-century's art of war.
Categories: History

Communications and British Operations on the Western Front 1914 1918

Communications and British Operations on the Western Front  1914   1918

This is an important new study examining the military operations of the British Expeditionary Force in 1914–18 through the lens of its communications system.

Author: Brian N. Hall

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316820124

Category: History

Page:

View: 121

This is an important new study examining the military operations of the British Expeditionary Force in 1914–18 through the lens of its communications system. Brian Hall charts how new communications technology such as wireless, telephone and telegraph were used alongside visual signalling, carrier pigeons and runners as the British army struggled to develop a communication system adequate enough to wage modern warfare. He reveals how tenuous communications added to the difficulties of command and control during the war's early years, and examines their role during the major battles of the Somme, Arras, Ypres and Cambrai. It was only in 1918 that the British army would finally develop a flexible and sophisticated communications system capable of effectively coordinating infantry, artillery, tanks and aeroplanes. This is a major contribution to our understanding of British military operations during the First World War, the learning processes of armies and the revolution in military affairs.
Categories: History

British Generalship on the Western Front 1914 1918

British Generalship on the Western Front 1914 1918

This book explores the British Army's response on the Western Front to a period of seminal change in warfare.

Author: Simon Robbins

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134269679

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 943

This book explores the British Army's response on the Western Front to a period of seminal change in warfare. In particular it examines the impact of the pre-war emphasis on worldwide garrison, occupation and policing duties for the Empire's defence of the mindset of the Army's leadership and its lack of preparation for a continental war involving a massive, unplanned increase in men and material. The reasons for the poor performance in the early years of the war, notably professionalism within the British Army, including poor staff work, 'trade unionism', careerism within the high command, and the tendency of an overconfident hierarchy to ignore the need for reform to tackle the tactical stalemate prior to 1916, are analysed. The high command rapidly learnt from the defeats of 1915-16 and performed much better in 1916-18, an especially formative period resulting in the promotion of a younger, more professional leadership and the development of the first truly modern system of tactics which has dominated wars ever since. During 1917-18 the Army's commanders and staff evolved and improved these new methods; developing a doctrine of combined arms to overcome the tactical stalemate bedevilling Allied offensives.
Categories: History

Great War Tommy

Great War Tommy

The Great War continues to fascinate, and never more so as we approach 2014, the centenary year of its outbreak.

Author: Peter Doyle

Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK

ISBN: 0857332414

Category: History

Page: 160

View: 794

The Great War continues to fascinate, and never more so as we approach 2014, the centenary year of its outbreak. There is an abiding fascination in the uniform and equipment of the British Great War soldier. What was it like to wear? What were puttees? What does a gas mask look like? How heavy was the equipment? How did you dig a trench? These and other typical questions will be answered in Haynes Manual style, providing a vivid insight into life during the Great War for the average “Tommy Atkins."
Categories: History

The British Officer

The British Officer

This book recounts how British officers have led their men, and commanded their respect, from the days of Marlborough to the Second Iraq war of 2003.

Author: Anthony Clayton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317864431

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 123

An Army officer must lead men into frightening and dangerous situations and sometimes make them do things that they never thought they could do. This book recounts how British officers have led their men, and commanded their respect, from the days of Marlborough to the Second Iraq war of 2003. Anthony Clayton explores who the officers, men and now women, have been and are, where they came from, what ideals or traditions have motivated them, and their own perceptions of themselves. His account tells the fascinating story of how the role of the military officer evolved, illustrated by a selection of captivating images, and the personal memoirs, biographies and autobiographies of officers.
Categories: History

The First Iraq War 1914 1918

The First Iraq War  1914 1918

A.J. Barker’s masterful retelling of the story of Britain’s first Iraq war in 1914 is a masterpiece of military history that provides many answers to the endless problems and realities encountered in Iraq since 2003.

Author: A. J. Barker

Publisher: Enigma Books

ISBN: 9780982491171

Category: History

Page: 500

View: 206

When Allah made Hell, runs the Arab proverb, he did not find it bad enough, so he made Mesopotamia—and added flies. What was a British Army doing in this Godforsaken place and how had it all come about? A.J. Barker’s masterful retelling of the story of Britain’s first Iraq war in 1914 is a masterpiece of military history that provides many answers to the endless problems and realities encountered in Iraq since 2003. Prestige and power played a major role then as they still do today. If the British were dislodged from the Shatt-al-Arab, the effects would undoubtedly have reverberated throughout the whole of the Eastern world.
Categories: History

Indian Army and the First World War

Indian Army and the First World War

Moreover, since society, along with the army, was mobilized to provide military and non-military support, this volume sheds light on the repercussions of this mass mobilization on the structure of British rule in South Asia.

Author: Kaushik Roy

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199093670

Category: History

Page: 441

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Accustomed to conducting low-intensity warfare before 1914, the Indian Army learnt to engage in high-intensity conventional warfare during the course of World War I, thereby exhibiting a steep learning curve. Being the bulwark of the British Empire in South Asia, the ‘brown warriors’ of the Raj functioned as an imperial fire brigade during the war. Studying the Indian Army as an institution during the war, Kaushik Roy delineates its social, cultural, and organizational aspects to understand its role in the scheme of British imperial projects. Focusing not just on ‘history from above’ but also ‘history from below’, Roy analyses the experiences of common soldiers and not just those of the high command. Moreover, since society, along with the army, was mobilized to provide military and non-military support, this volume sheds light on the repercussions of this mass mobilization on the structure of British rule in South Asia. Using rare archival materials, published autobiographies, and diaries, Roy’s work offers a holistic analysis of the military performance of the Indian Army in major theatres during the war.
Categories: History

The Great War 1914 1918

The Great War  1914 1918

"In this seminal work, Ian F. W. Beckett challenges the cliched images of the Great War that have come to dominate popular culture.

Author: Ian Frederick William Beckett

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 1405812524

Category: History

Page: 813

View: 302

"In this seminal work, Ian F. W. Beckett challenges the cliched images of the Great War that have come to dominate popular culture. Rather than dismissing the War as an exercise in mindless futility, he argues that, on the contrary, it was vital to the national interests of its participants, and shows how what originated as a European affair became a global event involving not only the extended colonial empires of European nations but also Japan, China, the Ottoman Empire, Latin America and the United States."--BOOK JACKET.
Categories: History

Behind the Lines

Behind the Lines

Britisk militær stabstjeneste under 1. Verdenskrig fortalt af én, der deltog heri, oberst W.N. Nicholson.

Author: Walter Norris Nicholson

Publisher: Strong Oaks PressLtd

ISBN: UOM:39015019471591

Category: History

Page: 337

View: 734

Britisk militær stabstjeneste under 1. Verdenskrig fortalt af én, der deltog heri, oberst W.N. Nicholson. Beretningen tager sit udgangspunkt i Storbritannien i 1914, hvor Scottish Territorial Division mobiliseres, og hvor forfatteren var tjenstgørende. Senere følger vi forfatterens tjeneste på næsthøjere kommandotrin, Korpset og endelig dennes tjeneste ved de Allieredes hovedkvarter i Frankrig. I denne 2. reviderede udgave går Peter Scott mere i detaljer med hensyn til de militære stabes organisation og arbejdsprocedurer og blotter den stigende afstand mellem stabsniveauet og soldaten i felten.
Categories: History

Tracing British Battalions on the Somme

Tracing British Battalions on the Somme

This book is invaluable not only to researchers but to all those visiting the battlefield and anxious to trace the movements of their forbears.

Author: Ray Westlake

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781844158850

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 380

Although seventy-eight years have passed since the Battle of the Somme was fought, interest in this, the bloodiest battle of the First World War, has never waned. Ray Westlake has collated all the information so painstakingly gathered, to produce a comprehensive compendium of the exact movements of every battalion involved in the battle. This book is invaluable not only to researchers but to all those visiting the battlefield and anxious to trace the movements of their forbears.
Categories: History

The British Army in Italy 1917 18

The British Army in Italy  1917 18

After the disastrous Italian defeat at Caporetto, a British Expeditionary Force under General Plumer was despatched from France.

Author: John Wilks

Publisher: Leo Cooper Books

ISBN: STANFORD:36105025148938

Category: History

Page: 225

View: 528

After the disastrous Italian defeat at Caporetto, a British Expeditionary Force under General Plumer was despatched from France. This impressively researched account described this hitherto neglected campaign ending in the victory at Vittorio Veneto over the Austrians.
Categories: History