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The British Army and the British Empire

Timothy Bowman and Mark Connelly

in The Edwardian Army

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199542789
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741401 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542789.003.0007
The British Army and the British Empire

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This chapter explores the British army's most pressing task throughout the period 1902–14, garrisoning the British Empire. In particular, it focuses upon the role of the West African Frontier Force and King's African Rifles, exploring their development and the impact it had on officers’ career development. It shows how the harsh conditions of West Africa in particular often deeply affected the mental and physical health of officers. It also looks at conditions in imperial garrisons, particularly India, and their impact on training and preparation for war. The chapter also explores the influence of imperial service on concepts of identity and status.

Keywords: Empire; imperial; Africa; India; officers; health; auxiliary forces; Colonial Office; War Office; promotion; climate; living conditions; status; race

Chapter.  18043 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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