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Haig's Tower of Strength (Kindle)

General Sir Edward Bulfin – Ireland's Forgotten General

WWI Boer/Zulu War Biographies

By John Powell
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 8.7 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781526722621
eBook Released: 7th September 2018

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Former Brigadier and author John Powell talks about his biography of General Sir Edward Bulfin on the Mentioned in Dispatches by the Western Front Association with Dr Tom Thorpe. Click here to download and listen to this episode via iTunes.

As featured by The Irish Times: Haig’s ‘tower of strength’ – An Irishman’s Diary on Sir Edward Bulfin

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This is the first biography of General Sir Edward Bulfin, who rose to high rank, despite his Irish Catholic birth and close nationalist relations. Not only that but, by the outbreak of the Great War, Bulfin was a brigade commander never having attended Sandhurst, Staff College or commanded a battalion.

In his early career, he was a protégé of Sir William Butler, a fellow Irishman, and earned his spurs in the Boer War. In 1914 Haig found him a 'tower of strength', helping to save the day at First Ypres. Seriously wounded at the height of the battle, Bulfin, on recovery, was given 28th Division, which he led through Second Ypres and Loos. Unable to get on with Gough, he was sent home to raise 60th London Division, taking it to France, Salonika and Egypt where Allenby chose him to command a corps. His success against the Turks at Gaza, Jerusalem and Megiddo justified Allenby's confidence.

Despite ruthlessly crushing an uprising in post-war Egypt, Bulfin refused Churchill's order to command the police against his fellow Irishmen in 1920.

A private man, Bulfin left few letters and no papers. The author is to be congratulated on piecing together this fascinating biography of an enigmatic figure, who deserves to be better known, both in Britain and Ireland.

As featured in 'First Flush'

Books Ireland, November/December 2018

As featured in

The Irish Times 7/9/18

About John Powell

John Powell retired from the Regiment in 1998. He had served as CO of the 1st Battalion in Londonderry from 1987-1989 and for the tercentenary in Catterick. He was Deputy Colonel of the Green Howards from 1996-2001, he currently lives in Hampshire

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