Troop Morale and Popular Culture in the British and Dominion Armies 1914-1918

Hardcover | January 1, 1991

byJ. G. Fuller

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The front-line soldiers of the First World War endured appalling conditions in the trenches and suffered unprecedented slaughter in battle. Their morale, as much as the strategy of their commanders, played the crucial part in determining the outcome of `the war to end all wars'. J. G. Fullerexamines the experience of the soldiers of the British and Dominion armies. How did the troops regard their plight? What did they think they were fighting for? Dr Fuller draws on a variety of contemporary sources, including over a hundred magazines produced by the soldiers themselves. This is the first scholarly analysis of the trench journalism which played an important role in the lives of the ordinary soldiers. Other themes explored include the natureof patriotism, discipline, living conditions, and leisure activities such as sport, concert parties, and the music hall. Dr Fuller's vivid and detailed study throws new light on the question of warfare, and in particular how the British and Dominion armies differed from those of their allies andopponents, which were wracked by mutiny or defeat as the war went on.

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The front-line soldiers of the First World War endured appalling conditions in the trenches and suffered unprecedented slaughter in battle. Their morale, as much as the strategy of their commanders, played the crucial part in determining the outcome of `the war to end all wars'. J. G. Fullerexamines the experience of the soldiers of th...

J. G. Fuller is a Senior Lecturer at Civil Service College, London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:226 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:January 1, 1991Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198201788

ISBN - 13:9780198201786

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'It is a compelling and, in the British context, original work, pithily written and incisively argued, which does much to furnish answers to a familiar puzzle concerning the Great War ... this is vivid and unusual work of miltary-cum-social history which refuses to treat the soldier and thecivilian as separate species.'P.J. Waller, Merton College, Oxford EHR Jun 94