By Peter Doyle and Chris Foster
The British Army in the First World War was not only the largest the country had placed in the field but also the biggest single organisation created by the nation up to that time. Nearly 6 million men served in its ranks between August 1914 and November 1918. A remarkable 2.5 million of those who enlisted were volunteers responding to appeals issued by Field Marshal Lord Kitchener, then the Secretary of State for War.
This book tells the amazing story of `Kitchener's Army' and its volunteer soldiers, the men of the `First Hundred Thousand' and the many Pals' battalions that were later raised across Britain, in its industrial heartlands and leafy shires alike. Their journey to the Somme and the tragedy of July 1916 had a huge impact on the communities these men left behind. Through artefacts and original documents, this moving tribute bears witness to the indelible imprint this memorable `mob' made on our history.
mind blowing and eye opener to what the pals went through endured and for many dreams turned to nightmares brave men and women
Had it for a day and finding it hard to put down very good read so far. The price was fantastic and goes towards keeping the museum ticking over especially during these tough times .