Courage without Glory

The British Army on the Western Front 1915

The experience of the British Army during 1915 through a series of thematic essays.
Publication date:
September 2019
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Editor :
Spencer Jones
Series :
Wolverhampton Series
Illustration :
16 colour maps, 60 b/w photos & ills
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ISBN : 9781912174119

Dimensions : 234 X 156 mm
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• A superb and wide-ranging collection of essays covering the battle experience, leadership, organisation, recruitment and weapons of the British Expeditionary Force on the Western front in 1915

The year 1915 was one of unprecedented challenges for the British Army. Short of manpower, firepower and experience, the army needed time to adapt before it could hope to overcome the formidable German defences of the Western Front. Yet the insistent demands of coalition warfare required immediate and repeated action. The result was a year of disappointments, setbacks and costly fighting. The very difficulties of 1915 make it especially worthy of study. This book offers a fresh and insightful evaluation of the experience of the British Army through a series of thematic essays examining the strategic, operational, tactical and logistical problems that shaped the fighting. Within these pages are assessments of broad topics such as the performance of British high command, the ‘Shell Scandal' and the development of the Royal Flying Corps, as well as a thorough selection of battle studies which cast new light on engagements such as Neuve Chapelle, Second Ypres, Festubert and Loos. Special attention is placed on the composite nature of the British Army, with chapters examining Canadian, Indian, Regular and Territorial unit experience. Taken as a whole these essays offer an important reassessment of a forgotten year of the war, and illustrate the tremendous difficulties faced by the British Army as it endured a bloody learning curve in difficult conditions. This book will be of great interest to anyone who studies the First World War, and of particular value to those who seek a greater understanding of the British Army of the era.


This is an excellent collection of articles that help with our understanding of a year that is over overshadowed […] but that played a major role in turning the BEF from a small largely colonial army into a major European force.
History of War