The perfect guide to the British Army during the Second World War · To encapsulate the British Army in one book is no easy task, but here, George Forty presents it as it was during World War II. When war was declared in 1939, the British Army was very much the "Cinderella" of the three armed services, with a total strength of around 865,000 men. However, just four years later when the Allies invaded North-West Europe, the British Army had grown into a powerful, well-organized, and well-equipped fighting force of 3 million men and women. George Forty here presents a comprehensive overview of the British Army during this important time. It has full details of mobilization and training, higher organization and arms of the service; divisional organizations and non-divisional units; HQ and Staff; the combat arms and the services; the individual soldier, his weapons and equipment; tactics; vehicle markings and camouflage; the Auxiliary Territorial Service; and other Women's Corps.