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An in-depth study of Douglas Haig's army commanders on the Western Front during the First World War. Assesses their careers and characters, looks critically at their performance in command and examines their relationship with their subordinates and with Haig himself. Chapters are devoted to Allenby, Byng, Birdwood, Gough, Horne, Monro, Plumer, Rawlinson and Smith-Dorrien. ...more
Paperback, 217 pages
Published April 20th 2009 by Pen & Sword Books (first published 2006)
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Apr 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For decades the generals who commanded the armies of the British Expeditionary Force in the First World War have been subjected to considerable criticism in both the popular and scholarly media. Long derided as “butchers and bunglers”, they were typically viewed as unimaginative fools who callously presided over the slaughter of a generation. In recent years, however, these much maligned figures have enjoyed something of a rehabilitation, as a number of historians have argued that the British ...more
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This book covers the British Generals who commanded one of the 5 armies in World War 1. Whilst I understand that all generals struggled at the beginning of the war, this book to my mind gives an out to these generals. Gough in particular appears a to be a deadweight who maintained his position clearly over results. Though it would be fair to say he was sacrificed in the end to possibly save Haig.
The old boys club and Haig's personal preferences appear to have determined the tenure or lack of,
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Ian F. W. Beckett is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and retired Professor of Military History at the University of Kent, Canterbury.