Hertfordshire Soldiers of the Great War

This book provides a detailed view of the British County Regiment system. The authors have benefited from the Herts At War Community Project research and woven into their text the authentic voices of those who were there. Very Highly Recommended

NAME:  Hertfordshire Soldiers of the Great War
FILE: R3296
AUTHOR: Paul Johnson, Dan Hill
PUBLISHER: frontline books, Pen and Sword
BINDING: hard back
PRICE: £30.00                                                  
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT:   WWI, World War I, World War 1, First World War, The Great War, 
1914-1918, County regiments, infantry, motorized infantry, voices of those who 
were there, original source information, Herts At War community project

ISBN: 1-47389-393-3

PAGES: 276, a four page colour section and many images in b&w through the body of the book
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DESCRIPTION: This book provides a detailed view of the British County Regiment 
system. The authors have benefited from the Herts At War Community Project 
research and woven into their text the authentic voices of those who were there.  
Very Highly Recommended

The British Army has never been a unified entity. It has recruited locally, and often desperately, at time of great tension and in war. This is because the British have a distrust of standing armies and an officer class. As a result the British Army has been a collection of units that make up a citizen army with many soldiers donning uniform for just a single war. There has always been system of depots and lines with regular soldiers, but most of them were away in the Empire providing a policing function and returning to train a new influx of civilians who have to be turned into soldiers.

The backbone of the British Army has been the County Regiments and Yeomanry, the latter a territorial reserve force. Over the Centuries, new weapons and tactics have emerged and the British Army has responded by forming specialist regiments and corps, such as the Machine Gun Corps and the Royal Tank Regiment of WWI.

The soldiers of Hertfordshire served in the various theatres of WWI, and not just in the trenches of the Western Front. This is a truly fascinating study and it covers the Victoria Crosses awarded and those many soldiers who exhibited great bravery without recognition.

Of course, this is a book for all those readers with a direct connection with Hertfordshire, but it must also reach a wider readership because it is a rare glimpse of how Britain responded to the professional officer class of Germany in the first fully industrial war that was total war, reaching even the civilians at home.