Timothy Bowman and Mark Connelly

in The Edwardian Army

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199542789
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741401 | DOI:

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Despite the entente cordiale and secret staff talks with the French, the role of the British army prior to the First World War remained unclear. For the regular army much of its recruiting, dispositions, and training was decided by the need to find a large garrison for India. The auxiliary forces, while reformed and rather more efficient post 1908, were committed only to Home Defence and, in any case, remained under strength and poorly trained. The mobilization of the army in 1914 relied on a large number of reservists to bring even the original British Expeditionary Force up to strength. While the OTC could be seen as vindicating itself during the Great War prior to August 1914, it provided pitifully few officers to either the regular army or auxiliary forces.

Keywords: Stanhope memorandum; India; recruitment; auxiliary forces; home defence; Territorial Force; OTC

Chapter.  1847 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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