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046: April 1996


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Kitchener Wants You: the man, the poster and the legacy


By Martyn Thatcher and Anthony Quinn Uniform Press, 2016, £14.99p, 168pp ISBN-10:1910500364, ISBN-13:978-1910500361 This slim volume is as much about Kitchener as it is about Alfred Leete and the sociological history of how posters and the popular press sought to sway public opinion and recruitment into the armed forces before and during the G…

Some Prominent British Generals and their Fortunes in the Great War


[This article first appeared on The Western Front Association's old website and was published in September 2009].  Introduction At first sight, the neophyte amateur war historian may find the nomenclature of the war of 1914-1918 rather confusing. For many years, it was called the Great War and then, from 1939 on, when the Second World War broke…

'Wully' Field Marshal Sir William Robertson Bart: GCB, KCVO, DSO (Part II)


  (Lecture delivered by John Terraine at the Western Front Association's Annual Seminar at Abergavenny in June 1992) In August 1914 William Robertson crossed to France to meet the long-expected foe, together with the rest of the British Expeditionary Force, on the staff of the Commander­ in-Chief, Field-Marshal Sir John French, and in the post of…

A Policeman on board : When Lord Kitchener drowned 6 June 1916


Lord Kitchener, Secretary of State for War, was drowned in HMS Hampshire on 5 June 1916, when it sank just west of the Orkney Islands in Scotland. Kitchener was on his way to a secret meeting with the Russians at Petrograd. This loss was seen as a serious setback to the British war effort. Most people, therefore, failed to notice that amongst the t…

Ep. 140 – Who Killed Kitchener? – David Laws


Former cabinet minister and MP, David Laws talks about Kitchener: his sad youth growing up in Ireland and tutored at home, his early and unimpressive army career followed in time by successes in Sudan and South Africa founded on his belief in careful planning and preparation. Cold to anyone who did not know him and unpopular with politicians he non…

Kitchener by John Pollock


Constable, 2001, 598pp., £20.  ISBN 0 09 480340 4  Earl Kitchener of Khartoum remains a source of fascination for historians and biographers. The archetypal Imperial warrior, he presided over the British war effort in the early years of the Great War. By adopting methods of total war, planning for a long conflict and raising a mass army of volun…

Kitchener’s Army by Ray Westlake


[This review first appeared in Stand To! No. 28 Spring 1990] 176 pp, numerous illustrations.  Casebound. £18 (1990 pricing)  73p and shipping (2021 pricing) The Nutshell Publishing Co. Ltd. 1989. ISBN 1 871876 05 2.  This is a nicely produced quarto volume with excellent illustrations. The first three are portraits of Kitchener which is appro…

Kitchener’s Army by Peter Simkins


  359 pp. Casebound. £37.50.  Manchester University Press 1988 19 Photos  ISBN 0 7190 2637 7 [This review by Gary Sheffield first appeared in Stand To! No. 25 Spring 1989] Peter Simkins will be well known to many readers of Stand To! as the Historian at the Imperial War Museum; many students of the Great War, including this reviewer, have ben…

'Answering the Manpower Question in Cambridgeshire' by Joanna Costin


Phil Sutcliffe had to pull out because of the train strike but fortunately we have Dr. Jo Costin coming along to talk about the research she did for her PhD.... Dr Jo Costin, author of 'The Cambridgeshire Kitcheners', will be giving a talk on the Cambridgeshire Home Front during the First World War entitled: 'Answering the Manpower Question in…