WWI British Infantry 1:72

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The British Army at the opening of World War One was a small professional army. The British sent an army to Flanders at the outbreak of war that was known as the British Expeditionary Force. The BEF, as it was known, achieved a small miracle defending against the advancing German army. The action at Mons was especially well known for the way the British halted the German attack with rapid rifle fire, so rapid in fact that the Germans thought it was machine gun fire.

After the Battle of the Marne the composition of the British Army changed. It became more of a volunteer army and was known as Kitchener's New Army after Lord Kitchener, who had headed the drive to recruit volunteers. It was this 'New Army' that bore the brunt of the trench warfare.

The tactics these volunteer units used were simple; they simply mounted the wall of the trench and advanced towards the enemy trenches behind a covering curtain of artillery fire. These tactics were not efficient and resulted in extraordinary death rates amongst the rank and file. Battle like the Somme and Ypres resulted in millions being killed.


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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 11 October, 2013.