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The Edwardian ArmyRecruiting, Training, and Deploying the British Army, 1902-1914$
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Timothy Bowman and Mark Connelly

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199542789

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542789.001.0001

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The British Army and the British Empire

The British Army and the British Empire

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The Edwardian Army

Timothy Bowman

Mark Connelly

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the British army's most pressing task throughout the period 1902–14, garrisoning the British Empire. In particular, it focuses upon the role of the West African Frontier Force and King's African Rifles, exploring their development and the impact it had on officers’ career development. It shows how the harsh conditions of West Africa in particular often deeply affected the mental and physical health of officers. It also looks at conditions in imperial garrisons, particularly India, and their impact on training and preparation for war. The chapter also explores the influence of imperial service on concepts of identity and status.

Keywords:   Empire, imperial, Africa, India, officers, health, auxiliary forces, Colonial Office, War Office, promotion, climate, living conditions, status, race

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