History of War Issue 83
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Published 9th July
At the outbreak of the First World War, the British Empire stretched across the world, but its standing armies were small, suited to small colonial operations and garrison duties. After the outbreak of war in 1914, the British High Command quickly recognised the need for a huge recruitment drive, calling upon thousands of civilians to join the ranks.
Lord Kitchener soon became the face of this patriotic call to arms, resulting in the new volunteer forces being dubbed ‘Kitchener’s Army’. These civilians turned soldiers soon found themselves on the front line of a new and devastating kind of war that would change the course of history. In History of War issue 83, battlefield historian Peter Doyle uncovers some of the myths surrounding the new armies, as well as how they were trained and equipped to serve in the treacherous Western Front.
In this issue's Great Battles, discover a blow-by-blow account of the Battle of Antioch during the brutal First Crusade, in 1098. During the first of several bloody European campaigns in the Holy Land, Antioch became a focus point of Muslim and Christian armies, with the Crusaders taking the city after a prolonged siege. When a Muslim army returned to retake the city, the Christians sallied from the defences to meet them in battle.
Elsewhere in issue 83, you can read an in-depth interview with Major Mike Seear (Retd.) who served with the 7th Gurkha Rifles during the 1982 Falklands War. He reveals how the Gurkhas' presence on the battlefield spread fear among the Argentine defenders at the Battle of Tumbledown. In this month's Heroes of the Medal of Honor, read how novice officer Joshua Chamberlain led his men in a heroic bayonet charge at the Battle of Gettysburg.