Tommies

The British Army in the Trenches

John Sadler, Rosie Serdiville

An accessible history of the British soldier in WWI.
Publication date:
June 2017
Publisher :
Casemate UK
Language:
English
Series :
Casemate Short History
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Overview
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• Part of the new Casemate Short History series
• Attractively packaged with eye-catching covers
• Authoritative and accessible introductions to military history topics
• Presents the experience of the British infantry in the trenches of WWI for all readers

British soldiers have been known as Tommies for centuries, but the nickname is particularly associated with the British infantryman in the trenches of World War I.





In August 1914, a small professional force of British soldiers crossed the Channel to aid the French and Belgians as the German army advanced. As it became apparent that the war would not, in fact, be over by Christmas, a vast drive for volunteer soldiers began.


As enthusiasm for enlistment tailed off, eventually conscription was introduced in order to replenish the forces weakened by years of bloodshed. By 1918 the British Army was transformed, fielding 5.5 million men on the Western Front alone. These Tommies fought an entirely new type of war, living in vast trench systems, threatened by death from the air and gas attack as well as by bullet, bomb, or bayonet.





This introduction explores the experience of Tommies on the Western Front, explaining how their war evolved and changed from the mobile battles of August 1914 to the final days of the war, and discussing daily life as an infantryman on the front line using first-hand accounts, contemporary poems, and songs.


REVIEWS

These books would be excellent for someone with an early interest in military history or for someone talking history at school. Very readable and easy to understand with some good illustrations.
Army Rumour Service

Tommies is concise, intelligently written, but contains everything you need to know to get you started on the subject of the men of the British Army who found themselves in the trenches in WW1. Superb.
Books Monthly

Very well done and a good choice to give as a present to students.
Gun Mart