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Douglas Haig war diaries and letters 1914-1918: gary sheffield amd john bourne

Douglas Haig war diaries and letters 1914-1918

gary sheffield amd john bourne

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ISBN 10: 0297847023 / ISBN 13: 9780297847021
Published by weidenfeld & nicholson, 2005
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new. Sticker "signed by the author at Waterstone's" at the front dustjacket.Signed at title page. Additional images available upon request. The war diaries of the Commander-in-Chief of the British Army on the Western Front edited by Garry Sheffield and John Bourne. Bookseller Inventory # 394529629

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Title: Douglas Haig war diaries and letters 1914-...

Publisher: weidenfeld & nicholson

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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There's a commonly held view that Douglas Haig was a bone-headed, callous butcher, who through his incompetence as commander of the British Army in WWI, killed a generation of young men on the Somme and Passchendaele. On the other hand there are those who view Haig as a man who successfully struggled with appalling difficulties to produce an army which took the lead in defeating Germany in 1918, winning the greatest series of victories in British Military history. Just as the success of the Alanbrooke war diaries can be put down to its 'horse's mouth' view of Churchill and the conduct of WWII, so Haig's Diaries, hitherto only previously available in bowdlerised form, give the C-in-C's view of Asquith - he records him getting drunk and incapable - and his successor Lloyd George, of whom he was highly critical. As Haig records the relationship it was stormy ('I have no great opinion of L.G as a man or leader' - Sept 1916). The diaries show him intriguing with the King (George V) vs. Lloyd George. Additional - and never previously published - are his day by day accounts of the key battles of the war, not least the Somme campaign of 1916.' I found Foch (Allied C-in-C) most selfish and obstinate...Foch suffers from a swollen head, and thinks himself another Napoleon.' Haig is revealed as an early admirer of the tank and of the 'airoplane'. He revels in turning the well-meaning BEF under Sir John French into the professional fighting force that eventualy one the war.

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Dr. Gary Sheffield is Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies at King's College London and Land Warfare Historian at the Joint Services Command and Staff College. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and author of Forgotten Victory: The First World War - Myths and Realities and The Somme. He broadcasts regularly on television and radio, and writes for the national press. He lives in Oxfordshire. Dr John Bourne is Director of the Centre for First World War Studies at the University of Birmingham. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Vice-President of the Western Front Association. He has written widely on the First World War, including Britain and the Great War 1914-1918 and Who's Who in the First World War. He lives in Birmingham.

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