Birmingham Pals

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In the summer of 1914, our finest young men flocked to the colors in Northern towns and cities to answer Lord Kitchener’s ‘Call to Arms’ in a spontaneous burst of enthusiasm and patriotism. The Call appealed to their sense of adventure and offered an escape from the humdrum life of office, factory and mill.

The new recruits volunteered with brothers, cousins, friends and work mates. The newly formed units became the focus of local civic pride and soon became known as the Pals. ...

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Overview

In the summer of 1914, our finest young men flocked to the colors in Northern towns and cities to answer Lord Kitchener’s ‘Call to Arms’ in a spontaneous burst of enthusiasm and patriotism. The Call appealed to their sense of adventure and offered an escape from the humdrum life of office, factory and mill.

The new recruits volunteered with brothers, cousins, friends and work mates. The newly formed units became the focus of local civic pride and soon became known as the Pals. The City of Birmingham formed three such battalions with over 3,000 local volunteers. This book tells their story.

Birmingham Pals is a story that covers the full range of human experience in war - the highest courage and bravery, the misery and tedium of trench life, the exhilaration, terror and slaughter involved in ‘going over the top’. Above all, it is a story of interest to people of all backgrounds and ages, as a tale of comradeship, which, for many survivors, was to last a life time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848844223
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • Publication date: 3/29/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Dr Carl Chinn 6

Prelude 7

Chapter 1 Birmingham 11

Chapter 2 Birmingham: August 1914 23

Chapter 3 Birmingham Pals: The Turn of the Middle Class 45

Chapter 4 Training Commences - 'Berlin via Sutton' 73

Chapter 5 14th, 15th & 16th Royal Warwicks: Birmingham Pals to France 129

Chapter 6 The Arras Front 173

Chapter 7 The Somme: July to October 1916 225

Chapter 8 October 1916 to December 1917: La Bassée, Vimy Ridge, Arras and 3rd Ypres 307

Chapter 9 December 1917 to November 1918: Italy, Nieppe Forest and the Advance to Victory 335

Chapter 10 Conclusion 367

Gallantry Awards 376

Roll of Honour 380

Acknowledgements 395

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