The british army during world war i could trace its organisation to the increasing demands of imperial expansion the framework was the voluntary system of recruitment and the regimental system which had been defined by the cardwell and childers reforms of the late 19th century. The british home army in the first world war served the dual purpose of defending the country against invasion and training reinforcements for the army overseas initial responsibility for defending the nation lay with the territorial force . Written by three scholars at the top of their game the british army and the first world war is a timely analysis an invaluable work of reference and a stimulus for further study edward m spiers university of leeds. The british army had 16 million men wounded during the first world war approximately 662000 were killed and another 140000 were recorded as missing presumed dead approximately 662000 were killed and another 140000 were recorded as missing presumed dead. One hundred years ago the british army was thinking creatively exploiting new opportunities and attempting to win the innovation game against its adversaries in the first world war on the battlefields of the western front italy mesopotamia modern day iraq palestine and salonika the army was using and developing cutting edge technology
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