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Irish Regiments in the Great WarDiscipline and Morale$
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Timothy Bowman

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719062841

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719062841.001.0001

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The final phase

The final phase

(p.166) 6 The final phase
Irish Regiments in the Great War

Timothy Bowman

Manchester University Press

In the Irish units as a whole, courts martial rates fell drastically in most battalions during March 1918 and were especially low in the last three months of the Great War. It is noticeable that, even during this final phase of the war, there was a marked difference between regular and New Army units. Miscellaneous and multiple offences still provided the bulk of courts martial cases in this period. The Irish regiments and the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) as a whole appear to have suffered from few serious disciplinary or morale problems during March to November 1918. Discipline in the entire BEF does not seem to have been facing serious problems. Indeed, during the 100 days when British casualties were appallingly high, discipline appeared to improve. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of this period is that, not only did units decimated in March 1918 reform successfully, but those units hastily transferred from Home Service and the Middle East actually appear to have relished service in France.

Keywords:   British Expeditionary Force, Home Service, Middle East, New Army units, France, Irish regiments

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