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Army Service Corps 1902-1918 [Hardcover]

Mike Young
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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd; First edition (7 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850527309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850527308
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 19.4 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 518,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
This book is a must for anyone with a serious interest in the ASC. Michael Young has given a fine description of the growth and development of the ASC before and during WW1. This is no mean feat since the Corps was everywhere at once, and this makes it mauch harder to describe than, say, a divisional history.
It has over 100 photos, the bulk of which are unpublished. Many researchers will find the 20 appendices (which comprise half the book) to be particularly useful for identifying where and in what capacity a particular ASC unit served. For these two things alone it is excellent value for money.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
After considerable hesitation, I contribute these words, not as a review but in the form of "insider information" (as the author) in the hope that they will help future readers of Army history. When I became the Curator of the RASC/RCT Museum in 1987, I quickly discovered that hardly anyone knew anything about the Corps in the 1914-1918 war. Enquiries from families etc came in like leaves in autumn, which had me searching through our Corps archives--there were fascinating discoveries which not even members of the Corps family knew of, treasures to me. The realisation that the efforts of our men in the war have not been appreciated by historians made me determined to do my bit to put this right, after all, the ASC were by far the biggest and most important Corps in the Army, an essential member of the team, without whom no-one could survive more than 2 or 3 days. Over the next few years, I
squirrelled away anything of interest I could find, which in 2000 saw the light of day in this book. Adequately presenting the activities of a Corps of 326,000 men in all theatres of war dealing with a host of activities is totally impossible, short of producing a 100 volume opus, but I wanted to provide as many answers as I could to the sort of enquiries that hit my desk on a daily basis as well as present a general picture of a great Corps. I like photographs, so there are 118 in all -- the publisher was aghast; only (I think) 2 have been published before and they were in specialist vehicle magazines. Two of the book reviews said that it was worth buying just for the photographs (I agree!).
Of the 411 pages in the book, almost 200 provide archive information, in 21 annexes.
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I chose this book because my grandfather was involved with the Army Service Corps. It gives me some idea of waht he was involed in
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Excellent book listing all the regiments who were on the Western Front, the different battalions and their responsibilities.

Fantastic photos also help to tell the story of the 'forgotten heroes' .
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