Pen and Sword Books: Birmingham Pals

Birmingham Pals
Birmingham Pals (6 reviews)
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Found in: Regimental History Books
World War One Books
Series: Pals
398 pages
ISBN: 9781848844223
Published: 3 October 2011
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In the summer of 1914, our finest young men flocked to the colours in Northern towns and cities to answer Lord Kitchener’s ‘Call to Arms’ in a spontaneous burst of enthusiasm and patriotism. The Call appealed to their sense of adventure and offered an escape from the humdrum life of office, factory and mill.

The new recruits volunteered with brothers, cousins, friends and work mates. The newly-formed units became the focus of local civic pride and soon became known as the Pals. The City of Birmingham formed three such battalions with over 3,000 local volunteers. This book tells their story.

Birmingham Pals is a story that covers the full range of human experience in war - the highest courage and bravery, the misery and tedium of trench life, the exhilaration, terror and slaughter involved in ‘going over the top’. Above all, it is a story of interest to people of all backgrounds and ages, as a tale of comradeship, which, for many survivors, was to last a life time.
Product Reviews
This is one of a large number of histories of Pals battalions that appeared in the late 1990s, marking the eightieth anniversary of the war (and in particular of the Somme). All of the usual... [read full review]
History of War
…is a profusely illustrated history of the 14th, 15th and 16th (Service) Battalions of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment raised in Birmingham in the First World War. The author, a Birmingham man spent five years researching... [read full review]
Military Historical Society, Feb 2012
…this one covers the 14th, 15th and 16th (service) Battalions of the Warwickshire Regiment. It tells of how cousins, brothers, friends and workmates answered Kitchener’s call together, and how their friendships helped them through the... [read full review]
Your Family Tree Spring 2012
But this isn’t just a narrative, ’1914 to 1918 what happened’. Terry Carter grounds his work with a chapter on the social and economic context of Birmingham’s history, and the events of August 1914 which... [read full review]
Daly History Blog, 30 Nov
Carter’s book explored the experiences of groups of friends, workmates and family members who joined the close-knit First World War units that became known as the ‘Pals’. Birmingahm produced three such groups, and here some... [read full review]
Who Do You Think You Are Magazine, Christmas 2011
Terry Carter’s book focuses on the Birmingham Pals, some 3,000 of whom formed 3 battalions. Many were never to return, dying along with their pals from civilian life in some corner of a foreign field.... [read full review]
Your Family History, Dec 2011
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