ISBN : 9780198845805
How did British authorities manage to secure the commitment of large dominion and Indian armies that could plan, fight, shoot, communicate, and sustain themselves, in concert with the British Army and with each other, during the era of the two world wars? What did the British want from the dominion and Indian armies and how did they go about trying to get it? Douglas E Delaney seeks to answer these questions to understand whether the imperial army project was successful.
Answering these questions requires a long-term perspective - one that begins with efforts to fix the armies of the British Empire in the aftermath of their desultory performance in South Africa (1899-1903) and follows through to the high point of imperial military cooperation during the Second World War. Based on multi-archival research conducted in six different countries, on four continents, Delaney argues that the military compatibility of the British Empire armies was the product of a deliberate and enduring imperial army project, one that aimed at standardizing and piecing together the armies of the empire, while, at the same time, accommodating the burgeoning autonomy of the dominions and even India. At its core, this book is really about how a military coalition worked.
1 Frameworks: Elgin, Esher, Haldane and the Idea of an Imperial Army, 1902-1909
2 The Imperial General Staff, Military Education, Army Apostles, and the Land Forces of the Dominions and India, 1904-1914
3 Growing, Controlling, and Fighting Imperial Armies, 1914-1918
4 The Strands of Cooperation, 1919-1933
5 Imperial Armies in the Period of Rearmament and Appeasement, 1933-1939
6 The Last Great Imperial War Effort, 1939-1945