Imagine Wayne Rooney, Andy Murray and Mo Farah exchanging the glamour of their careers for the brutality and bloodshed of war - and quietly giving their lives for their country.
Today the news would be dominated by the sacrifice of Britain's most famous sporting icons. A century ago the brightest sporting stars of their generation did just that: hundreds of thousands of them rallied to their country's colours: many never returned from the mechanised carnage of The Great War, making the ultimate sacrifice in 'the greatest game of all'.
In this original and highly accessible book, Tim Tate reveals how sport itself was Britain's first and most vital recruiting sergeant in the fight against Germany and how sportsmen applied their unique talents on the battlefield, but also how a shared sporting spirit offered humane common ground amidst the horror of combat.
Above all, For Team and Country and tells the remarkable and inspiring stories of the sportsmen whose prowess on the field was matched only by their bravery in the King's uniform.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 192 pages
- Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
- Publication Date: 03/07/2014
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9781782199205