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What Were The Pals Battalions In World War I?

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They were groups of men from the same area who signed up together. This was to boost morale in the men, as they were fighting alongside friends. However, whole communities of men were wiped out when Pals regiments died together
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When the First World War broke out and Britain was first involved, there was no system of transcription in place. Events had moved rapidly and Britain had not really expected to be involved in a full scale world war.

Lord Derby promoted the idea of groups of men from towns and villages enlisting and then serving together, promising they would be then able to fight next to each other. These battalions became known as the 'Pal's Battalions'.

These were very popular with the ordinary men of Britain and the well known poster campaign featuring Kitchener drew men into the enlistment offices up and down the country in droves. In the first 20 months of the war, 3 million men had volunteered.

The tragic consequences of neighbours fighting together was realised on July 1 1916 at the Battle of the Somme, where hundreds of thousands of neighbours all died together because of leadership blunders. Whole communities were decimated as all the men were lost.
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A group of men from the same town, fighting together in ww1/

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