Beyond the Western Front: The Practice of Inter-Theatre Learning in the British Army during the First World War

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Abstract

Discussions on learning in the British army of the First World War centre on the Western Front with a focus on the outcome rather than the process. This article redresses this imbalance by examining how the British army shared knowledge between its operational theatres. It illustrates that, as the British army expanded and its commitments increased, it could no longer rely on purely ad hoc methods for learning. Instead, it had to adopt increasingly bureaucratic methods when sharing knowledge across tactical and geographic boundaries, which forced it to realign its pre-war learning ethos to accommodate the challenges of modern war.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-209
Number of pages20
JournalWar in History
Volume23
Issue number2
Early online date16 Mar 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016

Keywords

  • British Army
  • First World War
  • Organisational learning
  • Military Culture
  • KNOWLEDGE

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