By Dale Clarke
In 1914 the artillery of Britain's 'Field military' encompassed these guns judged to have adequate mobility to take care of with troops within the box. This ebook describes all significant versions, from the 60-pdr weapons of the heavy box batteries, perched a bit of uncomfortably at the cusp among box artillery and siege artillery, to the 2.75in. weapons of the mountain batteries, nearly toy-like compared. among those extremes lay the majority of the artillery of the sector military: the 13-pdr weapons of the Royal Horse Artillery, and the 18-pdr weapons and 4.5in. howitzers of the Royal box Artillery batteries.
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27 partment directive, officers could no longer use terms like “drafted men” or “draftees” or “conscripts” when referring to men at Camp Upton. ” This important change was highlighted by the swapping of civilian clothes for army uniforms. Supply sergeants, many of them pants cutters, merchants, or dry goods clerks just a few weeks earlier, found themselves in the impossible situation of handing out “made-by-the-million” uniforms to men who did not even know what size clothing they wore. When someone with a size 32 chest complained that his olive drab blouse was a 36, the reply would be, “You’re in luck.
A bolder retort burst from the ranks: “Then I ain’t here. That’s all. ” Appreciative snickers greeted this insubordination, but the officer simply gritted his teeth and went on to mangle yet another name. In one company, a draftee had mysteriously answered “Here” at every roll call for the entire first week before officials belatedly discovered that he had never even reached camp. For several days, officers were confounded by another conscript, whose language no one in camp could understand.
None put it better than Charles Minder, 306th Machine Gun Battalion, who confessed to his mother, “We have about every nationality you can think of in my company. There sure is some mixture, and I think it is about the finest thing in the world for anyone, who like myself, has always suffered with race-prejudice, to be mixed up in an outfit like this. ” Soldiers not only found themselves making friends with those from other ethnic backgrounds but also from different religious faiths. A religious census of the troops at Camp Upton disclosed that thirty-five percent were Roman Catholic, thirty percent were from some variety of Protestant faith, and twenty-five percent were Jewish.
British Artillery 1914-19: Field Army Artillery by Dale Clarke