It is likely that men from every regiment in the British army have at some time or other rubbed shoulders with Salisbury Plain. The villages of Tidworth, Bulford and Larkhill; the nearby towns of Salisbury, Andover and Warminster; the neolithic structure of Stonehenge, are names which have been lodged in many soldiers' minds. Two world wars saw an enormous influx of men from the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and it is no less certain that memories of this large segment of central southern England remained long after returning home.
From the initial purchase of thousands of acres of chalk farmland and sheep-pasture, this book is concerned with the prodigious energy expended in building up the military establishment on the Plain - the building and rebuilding of the roads, railways, barracks, gunnery ranges, accommodations, hospitals and leisure facilities. The book is equally concerned with the soldiers - transients all and upwards of a million of them - for whom the Plain was a staging post before departing for whatever destiny had in store.
Every conceivable source has been consulted in researching this book. The minutes of Government committees, barrack-books, newspapers, the memoirs of soldiers and residents have all been carefully sifted for relevant information. In particular, the author's careful scrutiny of many editions of Ordnance Survey maps reveal a near-archaeological complexity in the cycle of construction/demolition/reconstruction which attended military activity.
The dust jacket has been price clipped. Otherwise the book is in excellent condition throughout.