By David French
The regimental method has been the basis of the British military for 3 hundred years. This iconoclastic learn indicates the way it was once refashioned within the overdue 19th century, and the way it used to be as a consequence and again and again reinvented to fit the altering roles that have been pressured upon the military. established upon a mix of authentic papers, deepest papers and private recollections, and upon study within the nationwide files, regimental museums and collections, and different depositories, this booklet demanding situations the assumptions of either the exponents and detractors of the method. the writer, David French, indicates that there has been no longer one, yet numerous, regimental structures and he demonstrates that localised recruiting was once often a failure. Many regiments have been by no means in a position to draw greater than a small percentage in their recruits from their very own districts. He exhibits that regimental loyalties weren't a primordial strength; regimental specialists needed to create them and within the past due 19th century they synthetic new traditions with gusto, while in either global wars regimental postings fast broke down and regiments needed to take recruits from anyplace they can locate them. French additionally argues that the idea that the British military was once undesirable at battling significant battles as the regimental procedure created a parochial army tradition is facile. this is often 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 hence illuminates our realizing of the prior whereas concurrently throwing obtrusive new gentle at the nonetheless carrying on with debate over where of the regimental process within the smooth military at the present time.
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It continued to be dominated by men drawn from the ranks of the gentry and professional upper middle classes. Their second hope was only partially fulﬁlled. More men did enlist in the late nineteenth century. But as the Regular Army’s establishment also increased, it continued to struggle to ﬁnd sufﬁcient men to ﬁll the ranks, and it had the utmost difﬁculty in attracting men from the ‘respectable’ working class. Exactly why this was so will be one of the issues considered in Chapter 9, in which the changing attitudes of the civilian population to the Regular Army will be examined.
000923/04. R. Clemens, reel 1. 52 The Xth Royal Hussars Gazette, 13 (1933), 9. 53 IWMSA. Accession No. 006521/02. J. T. Hammond, reel 2. 54 IWMSA. Accession No. 18748/4. P. Saunders, reel 1. 55 NAM 6412-143. Captain F. Warre-Cornish MSS. Warre-Cornish to his father, 24 Oct. 1888. 56 IWMSA. Accession No. 004485/05. -Col. V. C. Magill-Cuerden, 1. 49 50 40 RECRUITING FOR THE REGIMENTS Two common factors that encouraged both ofﬁcers and rankers to enlist were parental encouragement and the inﬂuence of their schooling.
Pte. A. R. Gaskin MSS Ts memoirs. ‘The little bit of green or the light infantryman’. 43 Similarly, there is evidence that public school boys were attracted to the army because a commission would conﬁrm their social status. In the late nineteenth century there were few careers open to a young man from a gentlemanly family. 44 They could, therefore, only seek an opening in one of the few professions that allowed them to retain the status of a gentleman, such as the Church, the law, the higher civil service, or the army.
Military Identities: The Regimental System, the British Army, and the British People, c.1870-2000 by David French