August 1914

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""2 August 1914 was a Sunday. While many people in Britain were enjoying a bank holiday weekend, across the Channel an order for mobilisation was made by the French government. Poster from the IWM Art archive.
 

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How come no mention of Service Aéronautique?
 
#3
How come no mention of Service Aéronautique?
The STA Service Technique de Aeronautique was only formed by decree on 21st August 1915
 
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Still didn't get a mention on the original poster though.
 
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Still didn't get a mention on the original poster though.
There were only 900 pilot licences in the whole of France in 1914
 
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There were only 900 pilot licences in the whole of France in 1914
France led the world in early aircraft design and by mid-1912 the Aéronautique Militaire had five squadrons (escadrilles). This had grown to 132 machines (21 escadrilles) by 1914, the same year when, on 21 February, it formally came under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of War (Ministère de la Guerre) and, on 3 August, Germany declared war against France
You would have thought that 21 Squadrons of aircraft might have merited at least a mention on a "Lets get 'em boys" poster?
 
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You would have thought that 21 Squadrons of aircraft might have merited at least a mention on a "Lets get 'em boys" poster?
No Idea the IWM sent it to me thought it quit interesting,
 
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Hard to imagine what it must have been like to have your entire country mobilise for war. Impossible to imagine it happening in UK today: hardly enough kit to arm a couple of Divs, and 98% of civpop wouldn't give a sh*t unless it interfered with their TV schedule...
 

Goatman

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#11
....on the other hand 3 million old and bold ex-Cold War Warriors would be descending on their local (closed) Unit with a rabid gleam in their rheumy eyes demanding an SLR, 200 rds of 7.62 ball and a Chinese fighting suit.....
 
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You betcha. But my bus pass doesnt cover travel to Aldershot.
Can I fight from home, cos I sussed that from my attic winda I can cover most of my neighbourhood and there are some fellas I want to pop before I have to change locations.
 

Goatman

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...bloody hell DH - my stock soars - must have been a good post to tempt you out of hiding!
( one of the most horrifying bits of that glum 80's nuclear war mockumentary 'Threads' was the idea that come the dark day, the Government would be arming traffic wardens with SLRs as auxillary units...I kid you not.....basically the premise being that anyone in uniform would be pressed into civil defence/gendarmerie role <shudder> .......thank God 3rd Shock Army was held at bay by you and your gallant band of 'speedbumps on the way to Calais'...well done !)
 

AlienFTM

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Hard to imagine what it must have been like to have your entire country mobilise for war. Impossible to imagine it happening in UK today: hardly enough kit to arm a couple of Divs, and 98% of civpop wouldn't give a sh*t unless it interfered with their TV schedule...
I've long felt that a lot of the trouble with the UK today is we haven't had any wars THAT WE ARE IN SERIOUS DANGER OF LOSING. That would help get people out of this gimme, gimme, gimme culture and working toward the common good.

Trouble is, who would realistically offer to take us out for a good kicking?

Back on thread. In Mallinson's "Light Dragoons" there is a picture of 19H parading at Aliwal Barracks, Tidworth on 14 Aug 14, whence they embarked for France after being waved off by HRH the colonel in chief.

In 1976 - 77 I could have stood in the very spot the photo was taken and taken the exact same photo (less Hussars on horseback obviously) cos it hadn't change one iota apart from there being more cockroaches after 1RTR handed over to us.

Apparently they pulled the sh!thole down and now it's quite nice.
 

Goatman

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I visited Aliwal Bks as part of the QIP (Project READER*) in 2002....at the time it was in our informal list of '10 worst Army Accom' in UK ...one of a number of UK barracks where I heard the old urban myth about it being " designed to be built in India - and the plans got switched over" ......suspect it has long-since been levelled under the 'super garrison' re-build ALLENBY-CONNAUGHT .....LINKY

....funny to recall that at the time few people had heard of the other locations represented in that corner of Tidworth (quaint late Edwardian spelling apart) eg ....Candahar, Jellalabad,Mooltan.....all Indian Army battles from the 19th C...but some back in the British Army's current lexicon ..... ;-)



* £14M - fairly described by the then Director Army Estates Organisation as ' a fluorescent sticking plaster on a gaping wound...'
 
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You would have thought that 21 Squadrons of aircraft might have merited at least a mention on a "Lets get 'em boys" poster?
Maybe they had a separate poster which they then stuck up at the handful of airfields where the civvy flyers would congregate?
 

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