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Defending Albion

Britain’s Home Army 1908–1919

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Part of the Studies in Military and Strategic History book series (SMSH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. K. W. Mitchinson
    Pages 1-12
  3. K. W. Mitchinson
    Pages 13-33
  4. K. W. Mitchinson
    Pages 34-51
  5. K. W. Mitchinson
    Pages 52-75
  6. K. W. Mitchinson
    Pages 76-97
  7. K. W. Mitchinson
    Pages 98-122
  8. K. W. Mitchinson
    Pages 123-146
  9. K. W. Mitchinson
    Pages 147-165
  10. K. W. Mitchinson
    Pages 178-193
  11. K. W. Mitchinson
    Pages 194-204
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 205-262

About this book


Defending Albion is the first published study of Britain's response to the threat of invasion from across the North Sea in the first two decades of the Twentieth Century. It examines the emergency schemes designed to confront an enemy landing and the problems associated with raising and maintaining the often derided Territorial Force. It also explores the long-neglected military and political difficulties posed by the spontaneous and largely unwanted appearance of the 'Dad's Army' of the Great War, the Volunteer Force.


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About the authors

BILL MITCHINSON has written prolifically on the Great War. His books include Cotton Town Town Comrades (1993), Gentlemen and Officers: The Impact and Experience of War on a Territorial Regiment (1995), Pioneer Battalions in the Great War (1997) and Amateur Soldiers (1999). He is an authority on the battlefields of the Western Front and is the author of three volumes in the Battleground Europe series. He is a member of the Centre for World War One Studies at the University of Birmingham and is employed as a freelance editorial consultant by a major publishing house.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Defending Albion
  • Book Subtitle Britain’s Home Army 1908–1919
  • Authors K. W. Mitchinson
  • Series Title Studies in Military and Strategic History
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2005
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4039-3825-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-51931-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-51211-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 285
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Britain and Ireland
    History of Military
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