The British Army in World War I (1): The Western Front 1914–16 (Men-at-Arms) (Bk. 1)

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Press:Osprey Pub Co Osprey Publishing; 1st Printing edition (September 25, 2003)
ISBN:9781841763996
Author Name:Chappell, Mike
Pages:48
Language:English

Content

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.

From the Publisher

Packed with specially commissioned artwork, maps and diagrams, the Men-at-Arms series is an unrivalled illustrated reference on the history, organisation, uniforms and equipment of the world's military forces, past and present.

About the Author

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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History,Military,World War I,Europe,Great Britain,England



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Comment List (Total:7)

  •     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.
  •     Very nice artwork, as is standard in these Osprey books. My only disappointment was that I felt that the BEF of August 1914 could have used a bit more coverage in the colour plates.
  •     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.
  •     I Love Osprey. And This Subject Matter Is Very Dear To Me As Both My Grandfathers Were YoungBritish 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.
  •     Good info
  •     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."
  •     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

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