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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Men of twelve British cavalry squadrons from the 1st Cavalry Division held
Messines and, with the support of some infantry, they continued to hold it for most
of the day against twelve German infantry battalions - odds of at least six to one.
much of its attention on Fabeck's chosen objective, the ridge line between
Wytschaete and Messines, and deploying one battery of 8-inch howitzers for the
destruction of Wytschaete alone. This bombardment was followed, at 0100 hours
on 1 ...
General Plumer had been preparing for the Messines attack for more than a year.
On taking over the Second Army in April 1915, he had decided that when the
effort to retake Messines was finally made, it should be supported by the
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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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