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'Of no earthly use: the 2nd Line divisions in WW1' by Bill Mitchinson


There was a largely unacknowledged but quite widespread assumption that little was to be expected of the 2nd Line Territorial Force divisions. Of the original fourteen 2nd Line divisions, seven eventually served on the Western Front; the remaining seven were disbanded at home. By examining their difficult early years and their service in France, th…

'Of no earthly use': The 2nd Line Territorial Force divisions and the Western Front by William Mitchinson


Following its creation in September 1914, anxiety over the supposed inadequate state of the 2nd Line was aired frequently in parliament and the press over the subsequent two years. There was also significant discontent within the ranks of the 2nd Line divisions themselves. Many of its infantry battalions filled quickly but with an apparent indiffer…