COLONEL SEELY'S STATEMENT.
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LONDON, March 11
Colonel Se,ely, in introducing the Army Estimates, said that, although there was a shortage of 8000 regulars, there was a surplus of 13,000 reservists. The speeding-up of mobilisation had been remarkably successful. An expeditionary force of 162,000 was complete in all details, and 50,000 of all arms would be ready in a few •hours to go anywhere.-'1 Though the Territorials, were 56,000 short, the year's recruiting had been the biggest on record, and there was a continuous substantial increase in efficiency.
He did not say that such an 'army was able to meet every Imperial call. For this they would want; the help of the Dominions overseas, but their army was able to cope with a bolt from the blue. The national. reserve now was over 217,000. V \
If Britain went to war to-morrow she would want 102,000 horses. There were 275,000 available. It was not true that foreigners were depleting the British supply. , Tests for accuracy showed that the American rifle was first and the British second, but the British; rifle was superior in all-round reliability.
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BRITAIN'S ARMY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8816, 12 March 1914
BRITAIN'S ARMY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8816, 12 March 1914
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