Daily Life During World War I by Neil Heyman

By Neil Heyman

What used to be lifestyles rather like for the normal soldier, sailor, airman, and civilian in the course of global conflict I? was once it diversified for the British, French, and americans than it was once for the Germans? This paintings brings to lifestyles the army and civilian stories of standard humans on either side of the warfare. This narrative specializes in how males have been recruited and proficient, the gear they used, what they ate, trench battle as a life-style, and the phenomenon of strive against.

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The officers, men, and horses of British artillery units practiced setting up a six-gun battery within three minutes. The cannon were up and firing before an opposing enemy unit could possibly respond. Reforms in the decade before 1914 had resulted in a pool of trained civilians— the Territorial Army—capable of reinforcing the regulars. This force was an amalgamation of locally raised units analogous to the American Na- 18 The Military World A British recruiting poster directed at men in the Empire.

3 As heavy casualties emptied the ranks of the German army, men from younger and older age groups entered military service. Similarly, the officer corps began to look different. Even before the war, the growth of the army had necessitated opening the army’s leadership group, hitherto dominated by aristocrats, to men of middle-class origin. That process continued, and, to find an additional source of combat leaders, senior noncommissioned officers took over an increasing degree of responsibility. A German called to military service during the war received his intro- 14 The Military World duction to army life at a regimental base.

An entire age group from a community entered the army at one time with the occasion marked by local festivities. It was possible to volunteer for a desirable unit, including one in which a father or older brother had done his active duty. An educated young man could obtain a reserve commission, with its attendant social prestige, after volunteering for a year in the ranks. But even for the mass of recruits who came from a less-privileged position, completion of military service was celebrated as a rite of passage.

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