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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
Wow! Someone sure doesn't like the British Generals from the First World War; particularly Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig. That 'someone' is John Laffin. In this book he brings out every bad decision, major blunder and dumb thing Haig, et al. did during the war. If you study WWI you know Haig and his lot made some incredibly dumb decisions leading to unimaginable casualties. That said, he also won the war when the Allies were on the verge of losing (March, 21, 1918 German offensive); Ludendorff of course helped with the war losing decisions on the German side. The reason I gave this book only 2 1/2 stars is that it is way out of balance in my opinion. Yes, there were time when I thought Haig should have been executed for his handling of the Somme in July, 1916 or Passchendaele in July, 1917, among others. However there should be some balance relative to judging Haig and the others by the standards and methods of their time. Also, their use of technology as it became available. If you are interested in a vey biased negative look a WWI generalship on the British side read this book. I would then suggest reading something like Terraine's "Douglas Haig: The Educated Soldier" for a bias in the positive direction. As usual, I am sure some truth lies in the middle.
Review: British Butchers & Bunglers of World War OneUser Review - Goodreads
Very sad to read, but, as always, I believe these are important things for us to remember. I knew from my studies of the Somme in college that Haig was a butcher, but I didn't know as much about how his butchery extended through pretty much the entire war. Ugh.