By Simon Robbins
Following the profession of 1 particularly unknown First international battle normal, Lord Horne, this e-book provides to the becoming literature that demanding situations long-held assumptions that the 1st global warfare used to be a mindless massacre performed through unimaginative and incompetent generals. as a substitute it demonstrates that males like Horne built new strategies and methods to accommodate the unconventional difficulties of trench war and in so doing seeks to re-establish clone of the British generals and clarify the explanations for the mess ups of 1915–16 and the successes of 1917–18 and the way this awesome switch in functionality used to be completed by way of a far maligned crew of senior officers.
Horne's vital occupation and noteworthy personality sheds gentle not just at the significant battles within which he was once concerned; the growth of the struggle; his relationships together with his employees and different senior officials; the radical difficulties of trench battle; the assimilation of recent guns, strategies and coaching tools; and the problems posed via the German defences, but in addition at the attitudes and professionalism of a senior British commander serving at the Western entrance. Horne's occupation therefore offers a automobile for learning the functionality of the British military within the first sector of the 20 th Century. It additionally provides a big perception into the attitudes, ethos and professionalism of the officer corps which led that military to victory at the Western entrance, exposing not just its flaws but in addition its many strengths. This learn accordingly presents a judgment not just on Horne as a character, innovator and basic of serious significance but additionally on his contemporaries who served with the British Armies in South Africa and France in the course of an period which observed a revolution in army affairs giving delivery to a contemporary variety of battle which nonetheless prevails to this day.
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British Generalship during the Great War: The Military Career of Sir Henry Horne (1861–1929) (Ashgate Studies in First World War History) by Simon Robbins