A groundbreaking new history of the children who lied about their ages to fight in the First World War
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 192 pages
- Publisher: The History Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/06/2009
- Category: General & world history
- ISBN: 9780752449302
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Review by douboy50
Interesting book covering how and why the British forces in WWI had so many 'boy soldiers'. These are defined to be soldiers, volunteers, who were underaged. Even though there was an official age limit on volunteering for the army, this regulation was blatantly overlooked. There were numerous reasons for this violation: manpower needs, economic reasons, social pressure,public school traditions, and general patriotism. Thils book delves into each of these and more. I found it a worthwhile read.The reason I gave it only 3 1/2 stars is that on occasion the author goes in tangents which are not really related to the topic. Also, I question some of the assertions he makes regarding the war in general. However, these do not seriously detract from the work. It remains in my opinoin a worthwhile study. Recommended for those with an interest in the Great War, particularly with a view to the British forces.One question came to mind......Germany also tended to conscript 'boy soldiers', particularly toward the end of the war. I would be interested in hearing about any books on that subject........