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Definition: call to arms from Merriam-Webster's Collegiate(R) Dictionary

(1791) 1 : a summons to engage in active hostilities 2 : a summons, invitation, or appeal to undertake a particular course of action 〈a political call to arms

Summary Article: Call to Arms from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

At the outbreak of World War I the British Expeditionary Force was dispatched to France to support the French army against German invasion. Lord Kitchener, the British secretary of state for war, soon realized that a European war would descend into a long-term battle of attrition. Kitchener's first recruitment campaign aimed to raise a volunteer army of 100,000 to supplement the professional army already committed to the European campaign. Half a million men volunteered at once with 100,000 per month volunteering thereafter. With the many losses of the trench warfare on the Western front, conscription was introduced in January 1916. For the first time Britain had become a nation at war.

Your King & Country Need You.


An addition of 100,000 men to His Majesty's Regular Army is immediately necessary in the present grave National Emergency.

Lord Kitchener is confident that this appeal will be at once responded to by all those who have the safety of our Empire at heart.

Terms of Service.

General Service for a period of 3 years or until the war is concluded. Age of Enlistment between 19 and 30.

Rates of Pay:

1s. 3d. to 10s. 6d. a day, according to Branch of Service and qualifications.

How to Join.

Full information can be obtained at [blank] or any Post Office in the Kingdom or at any Military Depot.



British government


World War I

Kitchener, Horatio Herbert


British Expeditionary Force

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