WW1 Great War British
The British in effect had no less than 4 armies during W.W.I. The regular professional army (volunteers) had almost ceased to exist by the end of 1914 as its casualties were so high. The territorial reservists formed the second and by end of 1914 they too were fighting in the front line. The third army was comprised of Kitchener’s ‘New Army’ of volunteers, the ‘Pals’ battalions that were so badly mauled on 1 July 1916, on the opening day of the Somme. These were the Service Battalions of existing regiments. Lastly there were the troops raised by conscription. A total of 82 Divisions were raised of various types from Regular Cavalry to a Royal Naval Division...
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