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- DescriptionAt a time when many books about the Great War of 1914-1918 are largely reiterations of earlier strictly chrological accounts, wherein t much is new except perhaps the author's style, it is refreshing, even exciting, when a book offering new vistas comes along. Such a book is this one. Like the author's earlier We Lead Others Follow , originality shines through in this present book, the work reflecting wide and thorough research, sound analysis, first-class and engaging writing (the book is t without humour) and a fascinating rendering of the temper of Canadian and British fighting men of the time. ## Readers should keep in mind that the attitudes, belief, opinions and prejudices expressed herein are those of the officers and men of 1914-18. It is their view of the world that is being reported. Obviously much has changed since 1918, but certain basic aspects of soldiering and war remain. Comparisons are left to the reader, but any judgements should reflect the fact that fighting men of that time, w a century in the past, lived and breathed the reality of that world called the Western Front. Get Tough Stay Tough is exceptionally well-documented, employing a wide range of archival records, published material, personal accounts of officers and men, training and other manuals, divisional and unit histories and war diaries. The bibliography includes almost 300 books and nearly as many journal articles. While the extent of research is obvious in the text, readers who pay attention to the end-tes will also see there the depth of research that enabled such an invative account of themes virtually untouched in other histories. This book rigorously analyses some of the elements that made the Canadian Corps effective and formidable. The approach taken tracks discipline and morale as these were conceived and established within the corps and then details their respective application and development and their influence and impact upon fighting performance. The sequencing could be described as two sets of four chapters, the first set analysing discipline and the second analysing morale, the whole portraying their impact and influence on operational performance. Then two chapters examine the officer-Other Rank relationship within the corps, the first defining roles and functions and the second reflecting upon the developing state of the relationship. Throughout, the critical element of leadership is superimposed. The primary focus is the infantry, which bore the brunt of the fighting, with particular emphasis on junior officers and ordinary soldiers, these being the men most closely engaged and the men who endured and suffered the most. The place of higher command and staff is t neglected, r are the artillery and engineers and the supporting services that maintained the corps in the field. In short, Get Tough, Stay Tough provides a unique perspective and a valuable assessment of the complex elements that contributed to the development and performance of a great fighting corps.
- Author BiographyLt Col (Retired) Kenneth Radley is a former officer of The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada. He is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, holds a doctorate in Canadian History from Carlton University, Ottawa, and is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, Toronto. He is the author of Rebel Watchdog: The Confederate States Army Provost Guard and We Lead Others Follow: First Canadian Division 1914-1918 . The latter is at present still the only focused account of any Canadian division during the years 1914-1918. The author is also a contributor to the Encyclopedia of the Confederacy . At present, he is working on an account of another unexplored aspect of the Canadian Army's effort and accomplishments during the Great War.
- Author(s)Kenneth Radley
- PublisherHelion & Company
- Date of Publication30/10/2014
- SubjectMilitary History
- Series TitleWolverhampton Military Studies
- Series Part/Volume Number6
- Place of PublicationSolihull
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintHelion & Company
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight1157 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine38 mm
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