Davidson, Major-General Sir.


1st ed., 1953. frontis., + e.p., maps. D.j., 22 x 14cm. V.G. The author was Haig’s Director of Military Operations at G.H.Q. in France from 1916-18 and at the time of writing this authoritative book he was one of the last survivors of Field-Marshal Haig’s senior staff officers. He provides a vivid picture of the almost insurmountable difficulties which faced the British armies in France in 1917 and 1918 and which were overcome only by the courage, firmness, commonsense and faith of their Commander-in-Chief. Feeling that previous histories of the Great War failed to give a true picture of Haig’s greatness, the author quotes from the official histories of various countries and sets the Field-Marshal in his true perspective. Among the most memorable passages of this book are the descriptions of the state of the French army and nation, as seen by a close and contemporary observer. Other chapters describe Haig’s unwavering steadfastness and determination in following the policy that he believed would lead to victory.

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