British Tommy 1914–18 cover
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The World War 1 was a watershed in British military and social history, and even now the repercussions can still be felt. No town or village in the British Isles escaped casualty, and the creative genius of a generation was wiped out, at an incalculable loss to society. This book looks in detail at how the British soldier lived, fought and died during the traumatic war years. Enlistment, training and all aspects of life on active service are carefully examined, including discipline, relaxation and even the type and quality of food that soldiers ate. The analysis of the British infantryman's experience is greatly aided by the memories of old soldiers, which provide an interesting and often vivid account of life on the Western Front.

Table of Contents

Introduction · Historical Background · Chronology · Enlistment · Training · Uniform and Equipment · Weapons · Active Service · Food · Relaxation and Leave · Discipline · Combat and Tactics · Casualties · On Campaign · Visiting the Battlefield · Further Reading

Product details

Published 15 Jul 1996
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781855325418
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 47 b/w; 12 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Warrior
Short code WAR 16
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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