LT GEN SIR RICHARD HAKING, XI CORPS COMMANDER 1915-18: A Study in Corps Command

Senior, Michael

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Synopsis: Sir Richard Haking commanded the British XI Corps from 1915 to 1918 mainly in France, but also in Italy (December 1917-March 1918). This first study of Haking takes the form of a review and analysis of his career as a Corps Commander, placing the activities of XI Corps in the context of events on the Western and Italian Fronts. It has three aims. First, it is intended to make a balanced assessment of Haking as a Corps Commander in the light of an established popular reputation, which places him firmly in the ‘donkey’ category of First World War generals. The second aim is to examine how Haking carried out his role as a Corps Commander, and the third aim is to relate the experiences of Haking and XI Corps to a number of important topics connected with the conduct of the war: trench warfare on the Western Front, with particular reference to the much-criticized attack at Fromelles in July 1916; the British involvement in Italy; the relationship with the Portuguese Expeditionary Force in France; and the British victories in 1918. Reference is made to several key operating issues such as command and control on the Western Front; the ‘learning curve’ in the BEF; the doctrine of the offensive; and the British policy on defense in depth. Each is discussed taking account of Haking’s experiences as XI Corps Commander. The study concludes, contrary to the general view, that, overall, Haking made a positive contribution to the conduct of the war, and that his dismal reputation is largely unjustified.

About the Author: Dr Michael Senior has had a lifelong interest in the First World War and, since his retirement, he has devoted much of his time to research, lecturing and writing about aspects of the Western Front. He has had articles published by the Western Front Association of which he is a member. His books include Fromelles 1916 and Haking: A Dutiful Soldier. He was awarded his PhD for his study of the British XI Corps 1915-1918.

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Book Description A very good quality Hardback Edition of 308 pages with maps & PlatesPublished Price £25 Arguments over the late release of Haking's Corps on the first day of theBattle of Loos were instrumental in forcing the resignation of Sir JohnFrench as Commander-in-Chief of the BEF. Haking is remembered chiefly forthe high casualties suffered by his forces (including many Australiantroops) at the second Battle of Fromelles, launched while the Battle of theSomme was underway 80 km to the south, although. Although blocked fromfurther promotion he continued to command XI Corps - including in Italy inthe winter of 1917-18 and in Flanders in April 1918 - until the end of thewar.Sir Richard Haking was one of those generals of the First World Wardescribed as donkeys and Butchers Yet there was so much more to the man. Inthis study Michael Senior makes an in-depth analysis of Haking as theBritish XI Corps Commander and assesses objectively both his strengths andhis weaknesses.While Haking cannot escape a share of responsibility for the Fromellesdisaster of 1916, this book adds a new dimension to the story of what wentwrong and why. Such is the strength of the author's argument that the readermay want to revise the common perception of 'Butcher' Haking.Michael Senior also examines Haking's role in the battle of Loos and hispart in the downfall of Sir John French. In addition, this book throws lighton a number of important topics connected with the conduct of the warincluding the role of a Corps Commander, trench warfare, the BEF 'learningcurve', the Hundred Days, and the British involvement with the Portugueseand in Italy.Since Haking did not leave any personal papers, the author has built thisstory from a range of archives, not only in the UK but also in Australia,Portugal and Germany. The result is a penetrating reassessment of amuch-maligned general. Seller Inventory # 24957

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