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Explain why the country moved from voluntary Recruitment to conscription.

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Explain why the country moved from voluntary Recruitment to conscription The reason why we didn't start of with conscription was because the government was probably expecting more people to voluntary enlist. First of all you were only recruited if you were single but then the laws changed and all men from a certain age were conscripted although many were forced to do so. When war broke out Britain only had a small professional army; the army needed more people quickly so the government decided recruitment was in order. Meetings took place and ministers from towns tried to persuade people to conscript to the army. The good part though was that many people were anti-German thanks to the press with their German stories about babies being butchered, nurses being slaughtered and the most unbelievable of all the Germans are said to use corpses to make soap. ...read more.

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An example is when many ore miners joined up and were brought back because there was coal shortages. Although not all men volunteered, the fittest and most able didn't bother so that was another reason why conscription was introduced. Although not everyone agreed, in fact over 50 parliament members disagreed with conscription. Others who disagreed were punished and made to feel guilty. Recruiting was at its peak in September 1914 with 462,000 recruits and by February the recruitment figures dropped to nearly below 100,000. Reports of the frontline were coming back to Britain so more people were hearing of the disasters happening such as casualties and deaths. Recruitment posters came about to persuade people to join but in the end people had to conscript no matter what happened. Pacifists came about and said that they didn't want to kill people in the war for reasons like it was against their religion and they didn't want to kill another human being. ...read more.

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The B.E.F {British professional army} only had seven hundred thousand good troops and most of them in fact almost half of them died during the start of the WW1 {World War 1}. The only reason why Britain went to war was because of the threat of Germany. Otherwise we had no reason to fight and we wouldn't have had to use conscription. If we didn't use conscription then Britain would of have been defeated, I consider it that we were lucky because almost half of the victorious army were recruits. In a way it was lucky that we recruited although many people died as a result of it, recruitment was harsh and men could be called any time so in effect men were sitting ducks waiting to die. But some people recruited for the food and little wage although miners were sent back to mine due to low resources. ...read more.

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