Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS

War IndexGlossaryEducational ResourcesAbout the Show
The Great War
Prologue Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Timeline Maps & Battles The Shaping of the 21st Century Historians
Historians OverviewJohn Keegan

Pals - Join Up With a Friend
John Keegan
"The phrase was: 'Join up with your pals.'

"The British army recruits its regiments by county and town, but the trend was exaggerated in the Kitchener armies. They made a promise very early on when they weren't sure how many volunteers they were going to get, that if you joined up in a group, the group would be kept together. And so you got what was to prove this tragic situation – ghastly situation – of whole streets of young men going off together, whole sort of little factories of young men going off together. It was ghastly because they were all going to get killed together."

 
Back to Top     

Home Prologue Explosion/Stalemate Total War/Slaughter Mutiny/Collapse Hatred & Hunger/War Without End

Timeline Maps & Battles Shaping of the 21st Century Historians War Index Resources About the Show
 
Copyright © 1996 - 2004 Community Television of Southern California. All rights reserved.