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Dr Tudor’s Beast Folk

D M. Leeson

in The Black and Tans

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199598991
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730597 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199598991.003.0005
Dr Tudor’s Beast Folk

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This chapter tells the story of the Auxiliary Division, and shows how the history of this force was marked by confusion, disorganization, corruption and waste. After describing the Division's origins and growth, the chapter examines the men who joined the Division, using another cluster sample obtained from the Division's personnel records. Although described as a force of ex-officers, the Auxiliary Division seems to have chiefly attracted former non-commissioned officers who had become subalterns late in the Great War. Their discipline was poor, and like the Black and Tans, a number of Auxiliaries were convicted of criminal offences: the case of an Auxiliary who was prosecuted for robbery is examined in detail. To make matters worse, the Division was much more expensive than expected, never did fully serve its intended purpose: it was, in most respects, a costly failure.

Keywords: Auxiliary Division; Auxiliaries; ex-officers; demobilisation; policing; counterinsurgency; corruption; crime

Chapter.  14409 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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