The Public Face of the Army

Timothy Bowman and Mark Connelly

in The Edwardian Army

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199542789
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741401 | DOI:
The Public Face of the Army

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This chapter examines the public image of the army in the period 1902–14. It looks at the way the press interpreted the army's attempts to reform its training, weaponry, and doctrine, and the coverage given to the plans of the Secretaries of State for War. The chapter also looks at the way in which certain officers attempted to manipulate the press during the Curragh incident of 1914. It explores the press reaction to the scandals that hit the army during this period, and the way in which they were used as evidence of class bias. The chapter also includes an examination of the army's profile in the cinema, through parades and displays, literature, and children's toys.

Keywords: Press; publicity; propaganda; Curragh incident; R. B. Haldane; H. O. Arnold‐Forster; arme blanche debate; cinema; recruitment; Elgin Commission; Norfolk Commission; Lord Esher

Chapter.  20171 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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