The Old Contemptibles cover
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On 19 August 1914 Kaiser Wilhelm II ordered General von Kluck, commanding the German First Army, to 'exterminate the treacherous English and walk over General French's contemptible little Army'. The 'Old Contemptibles' adopted the aspersion like a treasured regimental title, their subsequent successes earning them a more accurate evaluation as 'the best trained, best organised and best equipped British Army that ever went forth to war'. This book examines the history, organization and uniforms of the British Expeditionary Force of the early 20th century. The text is accompanied by numerous illustrations, including maps, photographs, and colour plates.

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Preface · The Army and Reform 1902-14 · The Expeditionary Force · The BEF in Action · The Plates

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Published 25 May 1989
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9780850458985
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 55 b/w; 10 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Elite
Short code ELI 24
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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