NEW ARMY IN TRAINING: 150th Anniversary Edition

NEW ARMY IN TRAINING: 150th Anniversary Edition

RUDYARD KIPLING    Book Number: 85038    Product format: Hardback

On 4 August 1914, following the German invasion of Belgium, Britain declared war on Germany. That autumn Rudyard Kipling wrote six newspaper articles about the training of newly volunteered troops, which were published in the Daily Telegraph in December 1914. In early 1915 these articles were collected together in a small booklet and published in the UK and the USA as The New Army in Training, and we have here a 2015 reprint, published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Kipling's birth. With a wry eye, he notes the idiosyncrasies of men from differing parts of the country as well as those from other parts of the commonwealth, particularly the Indian regiments, with whom he always felt a close attachment, even though he left Bombay when he was just five years old. Men, NCOs and officers are all closely observed, as are the training regimes and camps and guns, artillery and other equipment and, in particular, the many horses of all types that were an essential part of this barely motorised army. Kipling even muses on what will become of the soldier when he returns to civilian life and how will he cope with it mentally. 61pp pocket size with grey satin bookmark.
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ISBN 9781910500040
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A gateway to a different world
from Anonymous on 07/07/2020
An insight into the paradoxical ethos of the time: The sweeping glorification of war, but only as a backdrop to the everyday minutiae of men, animals and equipment being prepared for its fighting and sacrifice. Kipling's eye for detail focussed on the dripping of mud from a gun-carriage wheel; the trivial polishing of brass or the vital bonding or man and horse, It is all here; least we forget.