Voluntary recruiting in Britain, 1914-1915

In 1914 Lord Kitchener introduced voluntary enlistment to expand the British forces. Professor Peter Simkins explains why and how this initiative so successfully recruited large numbers of men at the beginning of World War One. The rapid and unprecedented expansion of Britain’s land forces in 1914-1915 was a gigantic act of national improvisation which helped to create not only Britain’s first-ever mass citizen army but also the biggest single organisation in British history up to that time – See more at: http://www.bl.uk/world-war-one/articles/voluntary-recruiting#sthash.KRPtREKs.dpuf

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