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Osprey is proud to reissue this historically significant publication, which offers a unique insight into perceptions of how to wage war in 1914.

In this fascinating little book, Baden-Powell uses his extensive military experience and memories of service in Africa to distill soldiering down to 'the four C-s': Courage, Common sense, Cunning and Cheerfulness. With observations gleaned from his campaigns against the Zulus, the Ashanti and the Boers during the period 1876–1910 (and even from conversations with the German Kaiser), B-P discusses all aspects of military service from digging trenches and earth-works to "inculcating cheerfulness in your men." This period document gives a unique insight into the mindset of the British officer in 1914; advocating a training system that encapsulated Edwardian values,conventional military thinking and centuries of army tradition.

Quick Training For War is a perfect example of the type of war the British expected to fight and which they prepared for in 1914, and it became a standard survival guide for many British troops. Personable in tone, this is the well-intentioned, no-nonsense advice of a seasoned campaigner - albeit an officer more accustomed to scouting on the South African veldt than struggling through Somme mud.

Product details

Published Mar 30 2021
Format Hardback
Edition 1st
Extent 128
ISBN 9781472837943
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Dimensions 6 x 4 inches
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Robert Baden-Powell

Robert Baden-Powell OM, GCMG, GCVO, KCB was a lie…


Martin Robson

Dr Martin Robson is a lecturer in defence studies…


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