THE OLD CONTEMPTIBLES

When war broke out in 1914 the British Army was small by the standards of its European neighbours, and had an Empire to police. However it was also very modern, partly thanks to lessons learned from the difficult Boer War, and so took the field in France and Belgium in a modern, well-thought-out uniform and with good weapons. The German Kaiser was allegedly quoted at the time as calling it a ‘contemptible little army’, but the men earned the respect even of their enemies in the early battles. However it soon became apparent that this was to be a war of vast numbers, and like the rest of the armies that of the British would change enormously as it expanded and adapted to the conditions of the Western Front.. 

Scale 1/72 Hat Figures 

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