The New Army to the Somme
Lord Kitchener recognized the need for recruitment on an unprecedented scale in 1914 and his call for 'the First Hundred Thousand' was quickly met by enthusiastic volunteers. Local regiments were then created, encouraging brothers, friends and workmates to join up in companionable 'pals' battalions, but eventually the government was forced to introduce conscription. This study of these early volunteer soldiers, dubbed by the original regulars of 1914 as Kitchener's Mob, includes illustrations of recruitment literature, archive photographs and military memorabilia.
The First World War in 100 Objects
From Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s car, which stalled and gave the assassin his opportunity to shoot, to the Menin Gate commemorating the missing from the battlefields around Ypres, each of Peter Doyle’s 100 objects represents an element of the conflict. Discussions of apparel, equipment and weapons shed light on the realities of trench warfare, while other entries cover the war in the air and at sea and the badges of less familiar groups such as the Chinese Labour Corps or the Legion of Frontiersmen.