The British Army and the First World War (Armies of the Great War)

The British Army and the First World War (Armies of the Great War)

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Ian Beckett, Timothy Bowman, Mark Connelly
Cambridge University Press, 5/25/2017
EAN 9781107005778, ISBN10: 1107005779

Hardcover, 482 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 3 cm
Language: English

This is a major new history of the British army during the Great War written by three leading military historians. Ian Beckett, Timothy Bowman and Mark Connelly survey operations on the Western Front and throughout the rest of the world as well as the army's social history, pre-war and wartime planning and strategy, the maintenance of discipline and morale and the lasting legacy of the First World War on the army's development. They assess the strengths and weaknesses of the army between 1914 and 1918, engaging with key debates around the adequacy of British generalship and whether or not there was a significant 'learning curve' in terms of the development of operational art during the course of the war. Their findings show how, despite limitations of initiative and innovation amongst the high command, the British army did succeed in developing the effective combined arms warfare necessary for victory in 1918.

1. The pre-war army
2. The Officer Corps
3. A nation in arms
regulars, TF, volunteers and conscripts
4. Citizen soldiers
discipline, morale and the experience of war
5. British strategy and the British army
6. The Western Front, 1914
7. The Western Front, 1915
8. The Western Front, 1916
9. The Western Front, 1917
10. The Western Front, 1918
11. Beyond the Western Front
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