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The British Army in World War I (1): The Western Front 1914-16 [Paperback]

Mike Chappell


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Sept. 25 2003 Men-at-Arms (Book 402)
At the outbreak of World War I in August 1914 the British Army was unique: it was a small force raised entirely by voluntary recruitment. The first campaigns of the British Expeditionary Force brought admiration from the enemy, but by the end of 1914 it had been virtually eliminated. Kitchener’s call for new volunteers drew such a patriotic response that by mid-1916 the BEF had grown to 55 divisions. This book explains and llustrates the uniform, equipment and organization of the British Army up to the end of the battle of the Somme.

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Mike Chappell comes from an Aldershot family with British Army connections stretching back several generations. He enlisted as a teenage private in the Royal Hampshire Regiment in 1952. Over the next 22 years of infantry soldiering, many of them spent with the Gloucester Regiment, he held every rank and many regimental appointments up to WO1 and Regimental Sergeant Major. he retired in 1974, as RSM of the 1st Battalion The Wessex Regiment (Rifle Volunteers), after seeing service in Malaya, Cyprus, Swaziland, Libya, Germany, Ulster and home garrisons. He began painting military subjects in 1968 and since then has gained worldwide popularity as a military illustrator. Mike has written and illustrated many quality books for Osprey.

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WHEN THE NATIONS OF EUROPE went to war in 1914, most mobilised huge armies of conscripts numbered in their millions, produced by long established systems that took the whole able-bodied youth of the nation for brief compulsory military service followed by years in the reserves. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars VOLUME ONE DOESN'T DISAPPOINT. July 10 2014
By Mark Waywood - Published on Amazon.com
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THE FIRST VOLUME IN MIKE CHAPPELS' THREE BOOKLET EXAMINATION OF THE "BRITISH ARMY IN WORLD WAR 1," DOES NOT DISAPPOINT. THE AUTHOR MAKES A CLEAR DISTINCTION BETWEEN REGULAR ARMY/IMPERIAL UNITS, THE TERRITORIAL UNITS, KITCHENER'S "NEW ARMY" RECRUITS, AND DRAFTEES IN THE BRITISH MILITARY. THE USUAL FINE JOB ON UNIFORMS AND INSIGNIA IS WELL COVERED AS WELL AS THE BASIC WEAPONRY AND TACTICAL USE OR MORTARS, LARGE BORE ARTILLERY AND EVEN THE LEWIS MACHINE GUN.

TAKEN AS A SET CHAPPELLS' THREE BOOKLETS REPRESENT A GREAT INTRODUCTARY PRIMER TO THE BRITISH ARMY IN THE "GREAT WAR."
5.0 out of 5 stars The British Army in World War 1 May 9 2014
By William B Hines - Published on Amazon.com
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I now have all three and they will be used for painting. I like the books the only draw back is the color in the prints a bet washed out ,but if you know what you are looking at its great
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Line Of Books Jan. 10 2012
By Kurt G. Zeigler - Published on Amazon.com
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I Love Osprey. And This Subject Matter Is Very Dear To Me As Both My Grandfathers Were Young
British Officers In WWI.The Books are Well Written and The Colour Plates are All Works Of Art Themselfs as A Figure Modeler I use the Books For The Correct Paints.Other Books If They Happen To Mention The Weapons Its Just a Gloss Over While This Series Gives Information For In This Case E-W Enfield To Webley The Writing is too The Point the only down side to me Is its all to short. I wish Osprey would Rerealse all Three In a Single Volume. with more artwork. and also sell the Plates as Prints. Here On Amazon.
5.0 out of 5 stars Chappell's drawings are superb but Feb. 10 2009
By danny boy - Published on Amazon.com
I have this book and much about anything else that I can get which has Mike Chappell's drawings. I do notice a certain trend in his later works to create paintings with a rather washed out look. I don't know if it is due to the printing process but the colours look faded. If so, his earlier works are more appealing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book but! Jan. 25 2008
By W. SCHUMANN - Published on Amazon.com
Well written and worth the price.The one down side is Mr.Chappell still pushes the line that the Germans suffered more losses on the Somme, then the British and French combined. A bitter pill for the British to swallow. German losses were less then 1/3 the total losses of the British and French. This was the estimate of the Britsh War Office after the battle and kept quiet for obvious reasons. The first day alone the loss rate was 18 to 1 in the Germans favor.

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