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Our ?Little Contemptibles?, 1914
Our ?Little Contemptibles?, 1914
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HMAS Yarra - River-Class Torpedo Destroyer
HMAS Yarra - River-Class Torpedo Destroyer
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French reservists enjoying lunch in London, September 1939
French reservists enjoying lunch in London, September 1939
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French reservists marching through Paris, September 1939
French reservists marching through Paris, September 1939
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WWII Post Office reservists, September 1939
WWII Post Office reservists, September 1939
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Exodus of Germans at Liverpool Street Station, WW1
Exodus of Germans at Liverpool Street Station, WW1
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German reservists arrested at Folkestone, August 1914, WW1
German reservists arrested at Folkestone, August 1914, WW1
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German prisoners of war in Great Britain at the start of war
German prisoners of war in Great Britain at the start of war
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Serbian reservists at the beginning of World War I
Serbian reservists at the beginning of World War I
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Naval reserves called up at the outbreak of World War I
Naval reserves called up at the outbreak of World War I
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Austrian Reservists
Austrian Reservists
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Imperial Palace Berlin
Imperial Palace Berlin
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Our ?Little Contemptibles?, 1914 Featured Image

Our ?Little Contemptibles?, 1914

Our ?Little Contemptibles?, 1914.Oil on canvas by William Barns Wollen (1857-1936), 1918 (c); exhibited at the Royal Academy 1918 (No 260).Composed of regular soldiers and reservists, the British Expeditionary Force landed on the Continent in August in 1914. During the early months of World War One (1914-1918) it was engaged in slowing down the German advance. This painting depicts open warfare with British infantry wearing large packs, taking cover behind a hedge; German artillery in the distance. The British Army?s experiences in the Boer War (1899-1902) had resulted in major reforms in organization, administration, tactics, weapons and equipment. Introduced in 1906, the Short Magazine Lee-Enfield rifle, shown in this painting, enabled troops to produce very rapid, accurate fire. Infantry training now placed more emphasis on the ability to shoot straight and fast, and on mobility. These professional soldiers, drilled in new methods of attack, defence, and withdrawal, were taught to take greater advantage of cover.The title of the canvas relates to an order given by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany (1859 -1941) to the commander of his First Army, Alexander von Kluck (1846-1934), in August, 1914:- ?It is my Royal and Imperial Command that you concentrate your energies? and all the valour of my soldiers to exterminate first the treacherous English; walk over General French's insignificant [or contemptible] little Army. In fact the German advance was checked, and the men of the British and Indian Expeditionary Forces who survived these heavy engagements proudly adopted the ironic title, ?The Old Contemptibles?. These men who served between the outbreak of war and midnight on 22 November 1914 were awarded the 1914 Star.In the 1880s, the artist, William Barns Wollen, served in the 20th (Artists?) Volunteer Battalion, The Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort?s Own), popularly known as the Artists? Rifles. Date: 1914

© The National Army Museum / Mary Evans Picture Library

Mobilisation of German Reservists
Mobilisation of German Reservists
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German Reservists at London Consulate
German Reservists at London Consulate
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The Armageddon reservists leaving London, WW1, Matania
The Armageddon reservists leaving London, WW1, Matania
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French reservists at Verdun await orders - WWI
French reservists at Verdun await orders - WWI
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War Reserve policemen, London
War Reserve policemen, London
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German reserve troops WWI
German reserve troops WWI
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German training in New Guinea WWI
German training in New Guinea WWI
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French mobilisation
French mobilisation
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French mobilisation WWII
French mobilisation WWII
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