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The Origins of the mad minute

Explaining British infantry rifle-shooting prowess at the beginning of the First World War.

Speaker: Dr Matthew Ford – University of Sussex & Historical Consultant, Royal Armouries

In August 1914 the British Expeditionary Force inflicted serious casualties on the advancing German First Army at Mons.

During the initial engagements at the Nimy Bridge, the rifle fire of soldiers of 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers was
 so effective that German soldiers believed that they were facing a battery of machine guns.

Here we explore how the Short Magazine Lee-Enfield was inspired by the tactics of the late 1890s North West Frontier engagements and study how it shaped British small arms tactics from Boer War to First World War.


Dr Matthew Ford | talks


Date and Time:

1 November 2014 at 2:00 pm


1 hour



Royal Armouries Museum
Armouries Drive
LS10 1LT
0113 220 1999

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