Black's History Week


A contemptible little army?

Ep. 39

In this edition of Black's History Week, what sort of war was Britain's armed forces equipped to fight in 1914 and how successfully did they adapt to the reality of the first world war? Professor Jeremy Black, whose books include The World at War 1914-1945 and The Great War and the Making of the Modern World, talks to The Critic's deputy editor, Graham Stewart. 

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Image: First World War British soldiers in a trench 1914. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Music: Radetzky March by Human Symphony Orchestra (

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