Postcards of the Army Service Corps 1902 - 1918

Coming of Age

Michael Young

* Superb and complete collection of contemporary regimental postcards and illustrations.

* Compiles and written by foremost expert on Army Service Corps history.

* Highly attractive full illustrated book with colour plates.

* Collectors' item.
Date Published :
November 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
540 B&W pictures integrated with 8 pp color plate section
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473878136
Pages : 288
Dimensions : 9.25 X 7.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Postcards of the Army Service Corps 1902 – 1918 presents the early history of the Army Service Corps of the British Army by means of a unique collection of some 540 images, mainly contemporary postcards. The conduct of war changed dramatically in the late Victorian era, after the debacle in the Crimean War and humiliating setbacks in the Boer War. Commanders realized the vital importance of logistics in any campaign. The formation of the ASC marked a significant milestone in the modernization of the Army and it was fortunate that by the outbreak of The Great War the Corps was well established in the Order of Battle. The development and introduction of mechanical transport was to play a vital role throughout the 1914 – 1918 war and the ASC was pivotal to this.

The images displayed in this superb book represent life in the ASC at a crucial period of its history. They show the personal side of soldiering as opposed to the more formal official perspective. All have been collected and captioned by the author who is the foremost expert on the Corps history. The result is a stunning array of images that capture military life as it was over 100 years ago.

About The Author

Michael Young is an author and historian.


"This book is a visual celebration of the achievements of the Army Service Corps in turning around the logistics disaster of the Crimean War into a modern supply system that, from 1902, provided a dependable supply system for the British Army.A fascinating story that is recommended."

- FIRE Reviews

"There are a growing number of books from specialist publisher Pen and Sword celebrating the Great War in various ways - postcards are a particular favorite in dealers' shops and at car boot sales and in charity shops, and author Michael Young's specialism is postcards of the ASC from the turn of the century until the end of the Great War. This is a fascinating book from cover to cover, celebrating the art of the postcard as it makes its way through early twentieth century history. A superb collection, brilliantly presented in book form. Anyone with a passing interest in history will love this book."

- Books Monthly

"This excellent work brings together over 500 images - the vast majority of a photographic nature, although there are a number of colour plates of the more familiar artist-drawn postcards many will be aware of - which serve to record the life and work of the men who served with the Army Service Corps. It forms a first-class photographic archive, prefaces by a short and well written history of the ASC. The book is printed on quality paper and the black-and-white photos are all first-rate throughout.
Excellent work. 10/10"

- The Great War Magazine, January 2017

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