Britain at War: Home Front - why did men join up?

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  • Why did men join up?
    • Pay
      • Many came from poor backgrounds
    • No idea of the reality of trench life
    • Adventure
      • Many came from poor backgrounds
      • Break out of dull life
    • Sense of pride/role model
      • Guilt if they didn't
    • Joined up together in 'Pals' Battalions'
    • God was on their side
    • War would be over by Christmas
    • Become heroes after war
    • Patriotism
      • Dislike of Germans
    • Sense of purpose
    • Pressure from family esp. women
      • Suffragettes gave out white feathers to men not in uniform
      • Peer pressure
    • Emotional pressure/guilt
      • Propaganda
    • Moral duty to defend Belgium
    • Use equipment/ weapons & wear uniform
  • Pay
    • Suffragettes gave out white feathers to men not in uniform
    • By the end of the 1st week 175,000 men had volunteered
    • By the end of the 1st month 750,000 men joined up.
    • In total 2.5 million men volunteered to fight

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