FIRST WORLD WAR UNIFORMS


FIRST WORLD WAR UNIFORMS

CATHERINE PRICE-ROWE    Book Number: 90675    Product format: Hardback

Sub-titled 'Lives, Logistics and Legacy in British Army Uniform Production 1914-1918', worn by men of all ranks, the uniform created an identity for the fighting forces, distinguishing friend from foe. It gave the enlisted man respect, a sense of unity whilst at the same time stripping away his identity, turning a civilian into a soldier. From August 1914 to March 1919 across all theatres of operations over 28 million pairs of trousers and around 360 million yards of various cloth was manufactured. The book uncovers the textile industries and home front call to arms, the supply chain, salvage and repair workshops in France, and how soldiers maintained their uniform on the front line. Images include archive photographs, silk postcards, an army laundry, rats, bathing, standard issue clothing items like boots, great coats, woollen drawers, vest, groundsheets, flannelette, smoke helmets, cotton drawers, shirts, socks, caps and chevrons, helmets, jackets and trousers. With a great deal about tailors sitting cross legged sewing, gas irons and pressing, a Singer button sewing machine, the Royal Army Clothing factory and depot at Pimlico and much more, the story gives an insight into the enormous logistical effort required to fight a war. The book is uniquely told through an individual soldier's war service and using official documents, and archival records. 232pp, colour and other illus and maps.
Published price: £25
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ISBN 9781473833890
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