The New Army in Training

150th Anniversary Edition

Rudyard Kipling

The New Army in Training

Rudyard Kipling

Distributed for Uniform Press

80 pages | 5 x 7 | © 2015
Cloth $13.95 ISBN: 9781910500040 Published August 2015 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
In the early days of World War I, patriotic feeling ran high—as did confidence in what was largely a newly created British fighting force. In autumn of 1914, Britain’s most popular writer, Rudyard Kipling, wrote six articles for the Daily Telegraph about the training of the newly mobilized British troops, all of whom had signed up as volunteers almost the moment Britain declared war. The articles described the men in their full glow of youth and enthusiasm, and waxed poetic about their strength, courage, and dashing appearance. The patriotic tone of the articles hides a painful reality: they were written just months after Kipling’s own eighteen-year-old-old son had been killed at the Battle of Loos.

Early in 1915, the articles were collected in a small booklet, published for sixpence as The New Army in Training. By that time, it had already become apparent that the war was not going to be won quickly, or easily—and that in fact it was going to exact a horrifying toll of blood and treasure. Reproduced here, on the 150th anniversary of Kipling’s birth and the centennial of the book's original publication, The New Army in Training calls up the almost unfathomable confidence and enthusiasm of the early days of the war, helping us get beyond our historical perspective and see the past as it was actually lived.
Contents
I.
Men at Work
The North in Blue
Duties and Developments
 
II.
Iron into Steel
With Illustrations
What the Army Does and Thinks
 
III.
Guns and Supply
Service Conditions
The Gunner at Home
Mechanism and Mechanics
The Humour of It
 
IV.
Canadians in Camp
Camp Gossip
Engineers and Appliances
An Unrelated Detachment
The Vanguard of a Nation
 
V.
Indian Troops
Screw-Guns
The Mule Lines
The Inn of Good-Byes
Greatheart and Christiana
 
VI.
Territorial Battalions
Guarding a Railway
Pride and Prejudice
The Secret of the Services
The Real Question
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