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Wiltshire and the Great War - Training the Empire's Soldiers

By T.S. Crawford

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ISBN: 9781847973559
PUBLISHED: 07/05/2012
PAGES: 272
BINDING: Paperback
SIZE: 234x156 mm
INSIDE: 75 black & white photographs

Soon after the start of the Great War, work hastily began on a series of hutted camps in Wiltshire for more than 100,000 men, and during the course of the war it became home to troops from Canada, Australia and New Zealand as well as Britain. With soldiers forming a third of the population the effect on the businesses, farms, and indeed the morals of the county was dramatic. Even after the Armistice peace did not return, with mutinies and rioting in the camps because of frustration at delays in demobilization.

Wiltshire and the Great War describes this turbulent, fascinating period in depth. It describes pre-war training, showing how inappropriate it was to future warfare, outlines the pioneering of military aviation in the county and describes the role of railways in moving tens of thousands of troops. There are accounts of shirkers, spies, escaped prisoners of war, prostitutes, the 'landship' that clanked across the county and the wireless station that pinpointed the position of Zeppelins.

Also described are advances in military technology, the camp-building scandals that led to an inquiry by a Royal Commission, press censorship, and the blighting of the Stonehenge landscape.

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Latest Reviews
" This is the kind of book that you would find indispensable if touring Wiltshire, but its considered analysis of the county in the Great War makes it far more than a guidebook. If you have a serious interest in the First World War, an essential purchase. "
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Reviewed By: Society of Friends of the National Army Museum (SOFNAM)

" A very useful record of an essential aspect of the move to war. "
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Reviewed By: Stand To! (The Western Front Association)

" The author has done an excellent service to this topic and his research skills are outstanding. This little known topic is expertly brought to life and he has done an admirable effort by publishing this volume. In short, if you are interested in the training of the Empire's recruits during the Great War then this is a 'must have' book. "
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Reviewed By: Military Archive Research

" The book has an abundance of interesting facts and anecdotes which make it an interesting read. "
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Reviewed By: The Great War

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