British Tommy 1914-18 by Martin Pegler, Mike Chappell

By Martin Pegler, Mike Chappell

The area struggle 1 used to be a watershed in British army and social historical past, or even now the repercussions can nonetheless be felt. No city or village within the British Isles escaped casualty, and the artistic genius of a iteration was once burnt up, at an incalculable loss to society. This e-book appears to be like intimately at how the British soldier lived, fought and died through the tense battle years. Enlistment, education and all points of existence on energetic carrier are rigorously tested, together with self-discipline, leisure or even the sort and caliber of meals that squaddies ate. The research of the British infantryman's event is tremendously aided by means of the thoughts of outdated squaddies, which offer an attractive and sometimes vibrant account of lifestyles at the Western entrance.

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Author's collection) 48 stations behind them, field hospitals and base hospitals behind those. The medical services had considerable experience of dealing with high-velocity gunshot wounds, based on earlier colonial campaigns. For the ordinary soldiers, exposure to the effects of such injuries was unsettling to say the least. 303 in. 92 mm bullet was awesome. At close ranges (2-300 metres) such a projectile would punch clean through a torso with little loss of power, creating exit wounds that were several inches across.

2: the Number 3 rifle grenade with grenade cartridge beside it; 3: the later Number 36 rifle grenade was fired from a discharge cup; and 4: the Number 23 rifle grenade from a sheet steel device attached to the rifle by means of the bayonet. Many other patterns of rifle were acquired and pressed into service from 1914 onwards. These included 5: the Canadian Ross Mark III; 6: the obsolete Lee-Enfield; 7: the Japanese Arisaka Type 38; 8: and the American manufactured P-14 shown here with a 1918-pattern telescopic sight and improvised cheek pad.

Wells) The problem eased with the more widespread issue of waders, and more stringent checks by medical officers, but was never entirely eradicated. Another ineradicable problem was that of venereal disease, and medical officers could do little to prevent wholesale infection. Affected men were sent back to base hospital for treatment but even placing notorious red-light areas out of bounds could not stop the problem. On average 800 men a month were admitted to hospital with one or other form of the disease.

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