THE PRIVATE PAPERS OF DOUGLAS HAIG 1914 ' 1919.

Blake, Robert (Ed.).


£20.00




Rep., 1952. 383 pp., frontis., + 1 plate + 3 maps. Navy cloth ; 22 x 14cm. Some marks to cloth + foxing mainly to edges & prelims o/w V.G. In August 1914, Douglas Haig took the 1st Corps of the British Expeditionary Force to France, and succeeded Sir John French as commander-in-chief in December 1915. 'With the flanks of the battle zone sealed by the sea and the Swiss Border and the Germans operating on interior lines, Haig was forced to forgo war of movement and wage a costly and exhausting war of attrition, a difficult task appreciably aggravated by the progressive deterioration of the French after the failure of the Nivelle offensive of 1917, and Lloyd George's hampering distrust and irresponsible attempts to control strategy. Under the overall command of Foch, Haig's reward came with his army's successful offensive of August 1918, leading to the German plea for an armistice.' This book contains insightful selections from the private diary and correspondence of Field-Marshal Haig.


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