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Title: The 10th (Irish) Division in the Great War : the experience of Ireland's first New Army division
Author: Sandford , Stephen
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis examines the development of a Kitchener New Army division using the 10th (Irish) Division as a case study and the 13 the (Western) Division, where possible, as a comparator. Making extensive use of the latest census material and officer and rank and file records, the study examines the raising of the division in its economic, political and social context and notes the difficulties involved in filling its ranks. In doing so, it explores the background of those officers and men who served during its first campaign at Gallipoli, and addresses the question, of what, (if anything), made them different from their predecessors who served in pre-war Irish regiments, and those who volunteered to join other New Army divisions? The study also examines the division's training in the light of its later combat experience. e The thesis examines in depth the morale and discipline of the 10th Division, comparing the experience- of Irish battalions serving on the Western Front to ascertain if disciplinary problems in secondary theatres were significantly different from those of the main theatre. It also examines the particular morale problems faced by the division, and not experienced by the BEF in France and Belgium, as well as the measures used to maintain morale. The study also discusses the nature of leadership, particularly at higher levels, experienced by the division in its opening campaign and the effect it had on the division over the long term. In doing so, it seeks to develop an objective model against which effective leadership may be measured.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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