Riflemen Form, A Study of the Rifle Volunteer Movement 1859-1908, by Ian Beckett
Book published by Pen and Sword in 2007, 368 pages. Paperback (N5513)
Brand New Book
The Rifle Volunteer Movement was a citizen army of part-time soldiers created in 1859. Originally highly autonomous, the units of volunteers became increasingly integrated with the British Army (especially after the Childers Reforms in 1881), before finally being disbanded and absorbed into the Territorial Force of the British Army in 1908
Lt.-Gen. Sir Garnet Wolseley commented that history would record the formation of the Volunteers Movement as one of the most remarkable events in the century.....
In this fascinating study of the Rifle Volunteer Movement, the author Ian Beckett has drawn from a wide range of primary source material such as official, regimental, local and private repositories. He has been able to put into perspective the Movement within the structure of the Victorian and Edwardian social, political and military affairs from its formation in 1859 to its absorption in the Territorial Force in 1908.