Men Who Played the Game: Sportsmen Who Gave Their Life in the Great War

Men Who Played the Game: Sportsmen Who Gave Their Life in the Great War

by Mike Rees


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The Great War marked a profound change in attitudes to war and the conduct of it. Six million men from the British Isles served in it, 720,000 (12%) were killed. Men Who Played the Game explores the development and importance of sport in Britain and the Empire leading up to the outbreak of the First World War, and the part played by sportsmen in the conflict. The book includes revelatory chapters on how sport – the fans, the governing bodies and the sportsmen themselves – responded to the coming of war. The rest of the book discovers the stories of individuals and groups of sportsmen, giving accounts of their pre-war sporting success, and their subsequent military service.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781722862
Publisher: Seren
Publication date: 04/01/2016
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Mike Rees is a former deputy head teacher and history teacher. He is a part-time tutor with the University of South Wales supporting schools in a variety of historical projects. Rees is treasurer of the Gwent Branch of the Western Front Association. He regularly gives talks to history groups on a range of subjects.

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