Introduction 1: The Cardwell-Childers Reforms and the Re-creation of the Regimental System 2: Recruiting for the Regiments 3: Basic Training 4: The Construction of the Idea of 'the Regiment' 5: Barrack Life 6: The Leadership of the Regimental system: Officers and NCOs 7: Deviancy and Discipline in the Regimental System 8: The Auxiliary Regiments 9: Civilians and their Regiments 10: The Regimental System and the Battlefield 11: The Creation of the Post-Modern Regimental System, c.1945-1970 Conclusion Bibliography Index
David French is Professor of History at University College London.
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