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1 Smithers, A.J. THE FIGHTING NATION: LORD KITCHENER AND HIS ARMIES.
Leo Cooper, London, (1994). 
208 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w illustrations. "In the summer of 1914 France, by military incompetence, came near to breaking after the first shock of war...(At the same time, the British Army) was absurdly weak in nu mbers, under-officered and wholly without the means of expansion to anything that might be reckoned formidable in a war between great powers...(Kitchener) appeared the one man who had the ability to save the country from itself. He was 64 y e a r s o l d , had had surprisingly little to do with the British Army and yet appeared the only possible choice. He had raised armies before, was untainted by politics, had fought great sweeping campaigns and had always come back victorious. Ki tc he ne r, ha vi ng dutifully accepted the War Ministry for a period of three years or the duration of the war, made the unsurprising discovery that he had inherited neither army nor the means of creating one. Yet having called, in the first ins tan ce, fo r 1 0 0,0 00 vol unteers, he got by the time of his death over 3,000,000..." Very small ghost sticker mark on front pastedown (under DJ flap). Dust jacket has very light rubbing, minor edge wrinkling. NF/VG+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 

 


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