British Artillery 1914-19: Field Army Artillery by Dale Clarke

By Dale Clarke

In 1914 the artillery of Britain's 'Field military' encompassed these guns judged to have adequate mobility to take care of with troops within the box. This booklet describes all significant editions, from the 60-pdr weapons of the heavy box batteries, perched a little uncomfortably at the cusp among box artillery and siege artillery, to the 2.75in. weapons of the mountain batteries, nearly toy-like compared. among those extremes lay the majority of the artillery of the sector military: the 13-pdr weapons of the Royal Horse Artillery, and the 18-pdr weapons and 4.5in. howitzers of the Royal box Artillery batteries.

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IWM, Docs: Mackay, Reverend James: Box 74/135/1, 3 August 1914. Hallie Eustace Miles, Untold Tales of War-Time London: A Personal Diary (London, 1930), 13. Salford Diocesan Archives, Burnley: 1914 Diary of Bishop L. C. Casartelli, 1 August 1914. K. W. , The Rasp of War: The Letters of H. A. Gwynne to The Countess Bathurst, 1914–1918 (London, 1988), 19. Outbreak of War, July to August 31 editor of The Times reported that the population of London had grasped the gravity of the situation: Nobody wanted war; nobody would shrink from war if the Continental position demanded it .

School cadet corps and youth organizations, which incorporated the motifs ‘honour, duty, sacrifice, honesty’, were established in this period. Chief among them was the Boy Scouts, an attempt by General Sir Robert Baden-Powell, a hero of the South African War, to turn ‘boys from the slum . . 41 Outside of formal education, certain currents of Edwardian thought depicted war as beneficial and desirable, linking it to popular ideas about Social 39 Hugh Cunningham, The Volunteer Force: A Social and Political History, 1859–1908 (London, 1975), 33, 46, 49–50, 68.

40 On Tuesday, 28 July Winston Churchill ordered the Royal Navy to Scapa Flow and its other war stations. The following day, Austria-Hungary’s declaration of war against Serbia was published in The Times. All British naval, military, and colonial stations were warned that war was possible. Simultaneously, the London market 28 The Times, 1 August 1914, 6. Gregory, ‘British “War Enthusiasm” in 1914: A Reassessment’, in Evidence, History and the Great War: Historians and the Impact of 1914–18, ed.

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