Britain and a Widening War, 1915-1916: From Gallipoli to the Somme

Britain and a Widening War, 1915-1916: From Gallipoli to the Somme

by Peter Liddle

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In a series of concise, thought-provoking chapters the authors summarize and make accessible the latest scholarship on the middle years of the Great War 1915 and 1916 and cover fundamental issues that are rarely explored outside the specialist journals. Their work is an important contribution to advancing understanding of Britains role in the war, and it will be essential reading for anyone who is keen to keep up with the fresh research and original interpretation that is transforming our insight into the impact of the global conflict. The principal battles and campaigns are reconsidered from a new perspective, but so are more general topics such as military leadership, the discord between Britains politicians and generals, conscientious objection and the part played by the Indian Army. The longer-term effects of the war are also considered facial reconstruction, developments in communication, female support for men on active service, grief and bereavement, the challenge to religious belief, battlefield art, and the surviving vestiges of the war. Peter Liddle and his fellow contributors have compiled a volume that will come to be seen as a landmark in the field. Contributors: Andrew BamjiClive BarrettNick BosanquetJames CookeEmily GlassGraeme GoodayAdrian GregoryAndrea HetheringtonRobert JohnsonSpencer JonesPeter LiddleJuliet MacdonaldJessica MeyerDavid MillichopeNS NashWilliam PhilpottJames PughDuncan RedfordNicholas SaundersGary SheffieldJack SheldonJohn SpencerKapil Subramanian

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ISBN-13: 9781473867192
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 11/30/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
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About the Author

Dr Peter Liddle is a leading historian of the First World War and has concentrated on the personal experience of the men and women who took part. He founded the Liddle Collection, a repository of documents and memorabilia connected to the conflict, which is housed in the Brotherton Library, the University of Leeds. His many books include Captured Memories 1900-1918, Captured Memories 1930-1945, The Soldiers War 1914-1918, The Gallipoli Experience Reconsidered, The 1916 Battle of the Somme Reconsidered and, as editor, Facing Armageddon, Britain Goes to War and Britain and the Widening War.

Contributors: Holger Afflerbach, Phylomena Badsey, Niall Barr, Chris Bellamy, Nick Bosanquet, Peter Burness, George Cassar, Tim Cook, Irene Guerrini, Clive Harris, Kate Kennedy, Ross Kennedy, William Philpott, Marco Pluviano, Chris Pugsley, Duncan Redford, Matthew Richardson, Alan Sharp, Yigal Sheffy, Jack Sheldon, Edward Spiers, David Welch, Ian Whitehead

Table of Contents

List of Plates vii

Acknowledgements xi

Preface xii

Part 1

1 The Dardanelles/Gallipoli Campaign: Concept, Delivery and Experience Peter Liddle 3

2 'Toothless Lions': Firepower and Equipment in the British Army on the Western Front, 1915 Spencer Jones 20

3 'A Second Trafalgar?' Jutland and its Impact, 1916-18 Duncan Redford 32

4 The Trauma of Attrition: Verdun and the Somme William Philpott 48

5 German Command and Control on the Somme, 1916 Jack Sheldon 65

6 Soldiers and Politicians in Strife: The Case of Henry? Wilson in 1915 Gary Sheffield John Spencer 83

7 Integration, Stabilisation and Aggression: The Royal Flying Corps, the Western Front and the Control of the Air in 1915 and early 1916 James Pugh 100

8 The Indian Army and the Mesopotamian Campaign, 1914-1918 Robert Johnson 115

9 Reluctant Warriors: America, 1914-17 - The President, his Men and his Circumstances James Cooke 132

Part 2 151

10 How Committed was Halifax to the Great War? David Millichope 153

11 The Mobilisation of Halifax Industry David Millichope 172

12 The Great War in 1916: a Challenge to Faith? Adrian Gregory… 187

13 Facial Surgery, Rehabiliiation and the Impact of Medical Specialisation Andrew Bamji 199

14 British Telecommunications History in the First World War Kapil Subramanian Graeme Gooday 213

15 'Any little article I would be pleased to have': The Experience of British Widows of the First World War Andrea Hetherington… 231

16 'Keeping the Home Fires Burning': Women's Support for British Servicemen Jessica Meyer 246

17 Alfred Pollard VC: Valour in the Trenches N.S. Nash 256

18 A 'Teenage' War: British Youngsters -and the Great War Nick Bosanquet 269

19 Conscription, Conscience and Courage: Resisting War from 1916 Clive Barrett 285

20 Drawing on the Front Line Juliet Macdonald 304

21 Vestiges of the Home Front: An Archaeological Approach to Recording the Great War Landscape in Britain Emily Glass Nicholas J. Saunders 316

Note on Contributors 333

Index 338

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