The British Army and the Western Front 1914-1918: Sources

Department of History, School of History and Cultures

College of Arts and Law


Code 12368

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 1

Module description

The Great War is one of the most controversial events in British history. The scale of the casualties (with c1M British Empire dead) was unprecedented in British history and has – happily – never been repeated. Popular explanations for the high level of casualties have often looked no further than the ‘incompetence’ of British military command. The British soldiers were ‘lions led by donkeys’. Given the intensity of this popular hostility it is easy to forget that the Allies won the war and that the British Expeditionary Force played a key role in the victory. This module reassesses the army’s reputation in the light of modern scholarship