White, Colonel A. C. T., V.C.


1st ed., 1963. 286 pp., frontis. + 16 photo & other plates. D.j., 21 x 14cm. Small repair to d.j., ; edges foxed ; V.G.+. 1 typed sheet of ephemera tipped-in on MoD paper relating to AGC and Branch Collects. The first record of a unit school in England occurs in 1762, when the First Regiment of Guards (Grenadiers) was in the Tower. In 1797 the Royal Artillery opened a regimental school at Woolwich. By the end of the eighteenth century, when individual training was contesting the monopoly of close-order drill, educational methods began to appear on the parade ground. One of the first men to have a decisive influence on army education was G.R. Gleig, who became Chaplain-General in 1844. From these early beginnings, the story is carried forward to the First World War when Major-General Bonham-Carter, Director of Military Training in the B.E.F., put Major Lord Gorell in charge of the education scheme of the Army, later to be known as S.D.8 (Staff Duties, Education). Throughout the Second World War an ambitious programme of classes and lectures kept the troops informed of the progress of the war and discussed a variety of topics.

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