Call-to-Arms: The British Army 1914-18

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Cassell, 2006 - History - 574 pages

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.

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About the author (2006)

Charles Messenger served 20 years as a Regular Officer in the Royal Tank Regiment and is now a professional military historian and defence analyst. He is the author of over 30 books, including THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN THE WEST in the Cassell History of Warfare series, and has also scripted and produced several military history documentary series for television.

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