Military Identities: The Regimental System, the British by David French

By David French

The regimental approach has been the basis of the British military for 3 hundred years. This iconoclastic examine exhibits the way it was once refashioned within the past due 19th century, and the way it was once to that end and again and again reinvented to fit the altering roles that have been pressured upon the military.

Based upon a mixture of respectable papers, inner most papers and private recollections, and upon examine within the nationwide files, regimental museums and collections, and different depositories, this publication demanding situations the assumptions of either the exponents and detractors of the procedure. the writer, David French, indicates that there has been no longer one, yet a number of, regimental platforms and he demonstrates that localized recruiting was once frequently a failure. Many regiments have been by no means capable of draw greater than a small percentage in their recruits from their very own districts. He indicates that regimental loyalties weren't a primordial strength; regimental experts needed to create them and within the overdue 19th century they synthetic new traditions with gusto, while in either international wars regimental postings speedy broke down and regiments needed to take recruits from at any place they can locate them. French additionally argues that the concept that the British military used to be undesirable at struggling with enormous battles as the regimental procedure created a parochial army tradition is facile.

This is the 1st e-book to strip away the myths which were intentionally synthetic to justify or to sentence the regimental approach and to discover the truth underneath them. It therefore illuminates our figuring out of the previous whereas at the same time throwing evident new gentle at the nonetheless carrying on with debate over where of the regimental method within the smooth military today.

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It was not until 1882 that the UK was divided into eleven territorial divisions, each with its own depot. They served as HQs for the regiments of militia artillery, and they also received and trained recruits for all branches for the Royal Field and Royal Garrison Artillery. 72 However, as early as 1883 regular battery commanders were complaining that the recruits they were being sent from the depots were not properly trained and in 1884 four new depots, each associated with one of the four artillery brigades in the UK, were established to train recruits and provide drafts for overseas service.

57 Capt. W. Cave Thomas, ‘The Establishment of County Military Training Schools; a Suggestion for Improving the Recruiting System’, Journal of the Royal United Services Institute, 13, (1869), 145. 56 24 THE CARDWELL–CHILDERS REFORMS senior officers to exercise direct personal control over their men. One officer in 1889 even went so far as to predict that under the new conditions of the battlefield, no commander would be able to control the fire of more than eight men. Once fighting began, control of the troops passed from brigade and regimental commanders to company officers and NCOs.

Bowman joined the 35 PRO WO 163/88. Minutes of the proceedings of 58 meeting of the Executive Committee of the Army Council, 8 May 1942. 36 NAM 94-5-181. -Maj. J. White, Ts Memoirs, ‘Reminiscences of my Army Life’. 37 R. Edmondson, John Bull’s Army from Within: Facts, Figures, and a Human Document from One who Has Been ‘Through the Mill’ (London: Francis Griffiths, 1907), 3. 38 Captain R. D. Gibney, ‘Recruiting’, United Services Magazine (1874), 344. 39 NAM 8202-55. Colonel G. C. Swiney to Reverend J.

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