The British Shell Shortage of the First World War

Phillip Harding

Date Published :
August 2015
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
30 black and white photographs
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781554531
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.25 inches
Stock Status : In stock


The severe shortage of munitions during the First World War increased the level of casualties in the battlefields; prevented the breakthrough of the German defenses thus continuing a war of attrition; brought about the downfall of the great Liberal Government of the early twentieth century; and placed the British public on a total war footing for the first time in history. The British Shell Shortage of the First World War looks at shell manufacture and views the military and political battles of 1915, a time when decisions made by a government whose ideology was not compatible to war, had to answer for their decisions and management since war was declared. It details the battles of Neuve Chapelle and Aubers Ridge from the perspective of The Rifle Brigade, whose casualties in the latter battle was the catalyst of The Times article that resulted in a coalition government and the creation of a Ministry of Munitions. The political and military casualties are explained, along with the innovative creation of the Munitions Ministry, which led the way for industrial conscription, ensuring that the whole country stood behind their fighting men.

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