British Volunteer Soldiers


The Story of the British Volunteer Soldier

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First published in 1992 by Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd. and Leicester County Council Museums

This is the 2nd. edition published in 1977 by Budding Books, an imprint of Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd.

ISBN: 1 84015 014 9

This copy is Hardcover

BRITONS, TO ARMS examines the Volunteer Tradition in Leicestershire and Rutland as well as charting the phenomenon of the British volunteer soldier from the Napoleonic Volunteer Force, its mounted arm, Yeomanry, the Victorian Rifle Volunteers to the Territorials and Home Guard of WW2 and its little known predecessor, the Volunteer Training Corps of First World War. .

Book's condition and details:

Shiny red illustrated board bound book - No inscriptions - pages and contents as new, clean and bright; condition at least VERY GOOD PLUS.
Dust wrapper - un-price clipped - clean - a very mimimum of shelf wear but at the least in VERY GOOD PLUS condition.
A very nice copy!

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ISBN: 0 7190 2659 8

185 pages. 162 mm. x 240 mmm. x 18 mm.

Weight unwrapped 560 grams

Weight wrapped for postage < 750 grams.

BRITONS, TO ARMS by Glenn A. Steppler: A small flash photograph intended to show the general appearance. Unfortunately the flash has created a shading to the red colour of the jacket. In fact the actual colour is uniformly that of the brighter red seen at the top of the jacket.

Price: £7.50 including U.K. postage.
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Dust Wrapper blurbs:

The Story of the British Volunteer Soldier

by Glenn A. Steppler

At first a spontaneous and temporary response to threats of invasion and internal rebellion, the British Volunteer became a permanent feature of military organisation in the mid-Victorian era, eventually evolving into the territorial soldier of the twentieth century. Presented here is the general history of the volunteer forces together with a detailed account of the experiences of two Midland counties – Leicestershire and Rutland. Thus both the intensely local dimension of what were initially ad hoc town and village corps, and the national significance of the British volunteer are explored.

An exhaustive use of new and varied sources has made it possible to uncover the realities of conditions within the service and to trace the effect of the changes introduced between the fall of Sebastopol and the outbreak of war in South Africa.

Spanning three centuries, from the early eighteenth to the mid-twentieth century, this book charts the evolution, and the persistence, of a recurring phenomenon. It explains the exact origin and nature of the Napoleonic Volunteer Force and its mounted arm, the Yeomanry; the Victorian Rifle Volunteers and the Territorials of the twentieth century, as well as the Home Guard of 1940 and its little know predecessor, the Volunteer Training Corps of the First World War.

Illustrated with twenty-four pages of contemporary black-and-white illustrations and set firmly in its social and political context, with careful attention paid to the organisation, development and military role of the Volunteer forces, this is a story of a distinctly British institution.