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Don Rustage is from Cheshire and has a particular interest in the development of the Territorials during World War I. IMAGE: Soldiers from the 5th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment pictured during the First World War after the Battle of the Somme (c) Don Rustage
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It is well recorded that despite a dubious disciplinary record, Australian troops were amongst the most effective of those available to Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig.  This observation is at odds with the example of the Guards Division which also had a favourable reputation, but whose discipline was strict. It is therefore potentially useful…