Beckett, Ian F. W. & Corvi, Steven J. (Eds.).


Barnsley, 1st ed., 2006. Xii + 217 pp., 9 photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. Haig's Generals throws the spotlight onto these individuals, 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 and Rawlinson. Also included is Smith-Dorrien, Haig's fellow army commander earlier in the war. Special attention is paid to how the static situation in the trenches undermined the pre-war assumptions of these officers and how they responded to the daunting technical and organizational challenges of modern battle. In addition to describing the wartime careers of their subjects, the authors analyse in close detail the conduct of each general in a particular battle. These accounts reveal unmistakably the military strengths and weaknesses of these commanders and the extraordinary obstacles they faced.

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