The Great War Generals on the Western Front 1914-18
Many Great War histories tell the reader what happened on the Western front but few spell out why. In this book, the author looks at the battles through the eyes of the generals who were charged with winning them and examines the accusations that have surrounded them for over 70 years. The tragedy of the death toll on the Western Front gives weight to the argument against them, but what were the near unsurmountable problems that stood between the generals and final victory? How much of what the general public believes about the First World War is really true? This book aims to illuminate the bitter controversy.
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This was a legitimate concern, for by the evening of 22 August the BEF was some
ten miles ahead of the Fifth Army, with a growing gap between the flanks of the
two armies. The more Lanrezac withdrew or the BEF advanced, the wider that ...
dismissal of General Gough, and forced Field Marshal Haig to place himself and
his armies under the overall command of General Foch. None of this had been
anticipated when the German guns began to flay the Third and Fifth Army ...
Armies.' He therefore ordered all three German armies to press on towards
Amiens, with the aim of dividing the two Allied ... The rapid withdrawal of the Fifth
Army caused consternation among the Allied commanders and political leaders.
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A difficult to access book that none the less has some real gems of both insight & fact. Broadly, sympathetic look @ command in the First World War, in particular, the group of Generals who had ... Read full review
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Robin Neillands has written an interesting analytical study here on a number of the British generals of the First World War. Whether you agree with his conclusions are not, and it would seem at times ... Read full review
THE BACKGROUND TO THE WAR 18711914
THE WESTERN ARMIES 1914
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