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Haig's Generals (Paperback)

Military WWI

By Prof Ian F W Beckett, Steven J Corvi
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781844158928
Published: 19th February 2009
Last Released: 28th February 2009



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An in-depth study of Douglas Haig's army commanders on the Western Front during the First World War. 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, Rawlinson and Smith-Dorrien. Offers a fascinating insight into the mentality of these men and into their methods as they sought a solution to the problem of war on the Western Front. A fascinating and original contribution to the history of the war in the trenches.

Contributors include:

John Bourne, Matthew Hughes, John Lee, William Philpott, Simon Robbins, Gary Sheffield, Peter Simkins, Ian F. W. Beckett, Steven J. Corvi.

As featured in

Stand To! Western Front Assc No.110

For those who subscribe to the 'Haig was an incompetent butcher' opinion, this book will perhaps open minds and bring realities of Haig's situation into focus.

These essays on Haig's Generals will assist any battle guide or researcher seeking to give colour to the men behind the reputations.

Western Front Association

As featured in.

The British Journal for Military History Vol 2 Issue 3

As seen on.

The Long, Long Trail

A reader with a general interest in the First World War will find this a highly enjoyable and stimulating work.

News Letter (Belfast)
Prof Ian F W Beckett

About Prof Ian F W Beckett

Professor Ian F W Beckett is Professor of Military History at the University of Kent. He has previously held chairs at the University of Northampton, the US Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia, the University of Luton and the US Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, was Chairman of the Army Records Society and is a Vice-President of the John Hampden Society. His publications include The Great War 1914-18, A Nation in Arms: A Social Study of the British Army in the First World War (co-editor), Ypres: The First Battle 1914 and Britain's Part-time Soldiers.

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