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Infantry training


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Reading "The war the infantry knew" I was surprised to learn that certain drafts (reinforcements) joined a battlion on the Somme in Summer 1916, having been attested only 5 weeks before and having received very little training (fired 5 live rounds and required further training on how to load / unload a rifle). Reference is also made to training at Etaples.

Does anyone know of a published work which describes the recruit training process in the summer of 1916 so I can put these comments into context

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