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Confusion of Command: The Memoirs of Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas D'Oyly 'Snowball 'Snow, 1914-1918

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The papers of General Sir Thomas D'Oyly Snow provide a remarkable insight into the mindset of the Great War commanders. Despite being severely injured during the first Battle of the Marne when his horse fell and rolled over him, cracking his pelvis, Snow served at some of the most important battles of the Western Front.
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Frontline
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Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: politics, biography
I have often wondered about the 'Donkey Generals' who led the 'British Lions'. This is the tale of one of them, in his own words. Snow led the 4th Division at Le Cateau in 1914, and commanded them on their retreat to the Marne. He also led the 27th Division at the Second Battle of Ypres in 1915. As it happens, we had a trip to Ypres last year, so the territory concerned is still fresh in my memory.

When reading of events in 1914, it is interesting to compare Snow's memoirs with those of von Kluck
Martin Samuels
Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it
It is pretty rare now for the personal memoirs of senior officers from the First World War to be published for the first time, so it is very welcome for the memoirs of Thomas D'Oyly Snow to appear. Snow was GOC 4th Division in 1914, so led his formation during the Retreat from Mons. Badly injured when his horse fell on him in September 1914, he was soon given command of the new 27th Division, which he formed and took to France, commanding it through 2nd Ypres until mid-1915. Although he continue ...more
'Aussie Rick'
Jun 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ww1
This book, although listed as 228 pages really only contains two short journals written by Lt General Sir Thomas Snow. The first journal covers the retreat from Mons and the Battle of Le Cateau. The second journal covers the Second Battle of Ypres. Detailed notes provided by the author’s follow both journals within the book. Overall the book offers an interesting insight into the problems with command and control on the Western Front during the early stages of the Great War.
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