Pioneer Battalions in the Great War

Pioneer Battalions in the Great War Pioneer battalions created as an expedient in were a new concept in the British Army Intended to provide the Royal Engineers with skilled labor and to relieve the infantry from some of its non

  • Title: Pioneer Battalions in the Great War
  • Author: K.W. Mitchinson
  • ISBN: 9781783461790
  • Page: 341
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pioneer battalions, created as an expedient in 1914, were a new concept in the British Army Intended to provide the Royal Engineers, with skilled labor and to relieve the infantry from some of its non combatant duties, Pioneers became the work horses of the Expedentiary Forces The Coldstream Guards and over three dozen Country regiments each created at least one pioneerPioneer battalions, created as an expedient in 1914, were a new concept in the British Army Intended to provide the Royal Engineers, with skilled labor and to relieve the infantry from some of its non combatant duties, Pioneers became the work horses of the Expedentiary Forces The Coldstream Guards and over three dozen Country regiments each created at least one pioneer battalion Several New Army battalions were raised specifically as Pioneers, while others were converted Territorials or Kitchener units formed originally as conventional infantry Adopting a badge of a cross rifle and pick, these battalions wired, dug and reverted in all weathers and in all terrain On many occasions they abandoned their working tools and fought alongside the infantry in repelling enemy attacks In their efforts to stem the German offensives of 1918, several Pioneer units fought themselves to virtual annihilation Often confused with the Pioneer Corps of the Second World War, the work of the Pioneer battalions has been largely ignored or misunderstood Far from being the units of the ages and inform, these sixty eight battalions played a major role in the Allied victory Pioneer Battalions in the Great War traces the reasons behind the creation of these units, the work they performed and the dramatic transitions many of them had to undergo It also examines how and why Pioneers have never received the recognition they deserve.

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    Full name Kevin William Mitchinson

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  • A Forgotten HistoryIt is great to see the Pen & Sword are publishing Pioneer Battalions in the Great War by K. (Bill) W, Mitchinson one of the UK’s brilliant lecturers and researchers on the First World War. While journalists et al seem to be producing books about the Great War it is nice to see in print an academic who has dedicated years of study to the subject sharing his knowledge. As a history graduate who over the years has read many history books some good others bad this is one of [...]


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