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Troop Morale and Popular Culture in the British and Dominion Armies 1914–1918$
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J. G. Fuller

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201786

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201786.001.0001

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Continuity in the Soldiers' Lives

Continuity in the Soldiers' Lives

(p.114) 9 Continuity in the Soldiers' Lives
Troop Morale and Popular Culture in the British and Dominion Armies 1914–1918

J. G. Fuller

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the continuity of the leisure and recreational traditions of the British and Dominion armies even after the war. The development of recreation in the British army, including divisional concert parties, race meetings, and football matches, owed much to the lead given by the Regulars, which in turn built upon the traditions of the peacetime army. These traditions evolved in response to the social character of the peacetime army and the isolation of the garrison life overseas.

Keywords:   military recreation, British Army, Dominion Army, peacetime army, concert parties, race meetings, football

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