‘Kitchener’s Mob’: Myth and Reality in Raising the New Army, 1914-15

Doyle, Peter. 2021. ‘Kitchener’s Mob’: Myth and Reality in Raising the New Army, 1914-15. In: Kevin Linch and Matthew Lord, eds. Redcoats to Tommies: The Experience of the British Soldier from the Eighteenth Century. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, pp. 58-81. ISBN 9781783276028 [Book Section]

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Popular memory holds that the volunteer army raised by Lord Kitchener in the opening weeks of the First World War was formed in the wake of a great recruiting campaign; that thousands lined up outside the recruiting offices; and that Kitchener’s Army, as it came to be known, was an army of ‘Pals Battalions’ whose engagement on the Somme in 1916 was to have far-reaching implications for the British nation.

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