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Quick Training For War (1914) Baden-Powell

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 Lieut. General Sir Robert Baden-Powell

HERBERT JENKINS Ltd, London, 1914

A rare British Army handbook, published in 1914, in which Baden-Powell draws upon his extensive military experience to distill soldiering down to 'the Four C-s': Courage, Common sense, Cunning and Cheerfulness. With observations gleaned from his service in African campaigns against the Zulus, the Ashanti and the Boers during the period 1876–1910 (and even from conversations with the German Kaiser), Baden-Powell discusses all aspects of military service - from digging trenches to 'inculcating cheerfulness in your men'. His book advocated a training system based on Edwardian values, conventional military thinking, and centuries of army tradition. Quick Training For War was essentially a guidebook to the type of war the British expected to fight when war came in 1914. It encapsulated the well-intentioned, no-nonsense advice of a seasoned campaigner - albeit an officer more accustomed to scouting on the South African veldt than struggling through the mud of the Western Front. Full of engaging anecdotes and poignant glimpses of a bygone age, Quick Training for War is a unique insight into the mindset of the British officer class at the outset of WW1.


In very good condition. The boards are in very good condition with minor signs of wear and use. The binding and hinges are very good and secure. The text and illustrations are in very good condition.

Published: 1914
Yellow illustrated boards
Illustrated with line drawings
Dimensions: 110mm x 140mm
Pages: 102