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From the Somme to the Persian Gulf, Lessons on Shows of Force

Charles Glass
Board of Contributors
May 22, 2019 | 11:00 GMT
British soldiers from the Public Schools Battalions during the 1916 Battle of the Somme in France.
Public School boys Battalion during the Battle of the Somme 1916.
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