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By Peter E. Hodgkinson

ISBN-10: 1472438256

ISBN-13: 9781472438256

contemporary stories of the British military throughout the First global struggle have essentially overturned ancient understandings of its method and strategies, but the chain of command that associated the higher echelons of GHQ to the warriors within the trenches continues to be poorly understood. to be able to reconnect the strains of communique among the overall employees and front line, this publication examines the British army’s commanders at battalion point, through 4 key questions: (i) How and the place assets have been discovered from the small officer corps of 1914 to deal with the requirement for commanding officials (COs) within the increasing military; (ii) What was once the standard of the boys who rose to command; (iii) past uncomplicated total caliber, precisely what traits have been perceived as making a good CO; and (iv) To what volume a meritocracy constructed within the British military via the Armistice. dependent upon a prosopographical research of a database over 4,000 officials who commanded infantry battalions throughout the warfare, the e-book tackles one of many imperative historiographical matters referring to the struggle: the traits of the senior British officer. In so doing it demanding situations lingering well known conceptions of callous incompetence, in addition extra scholarly feedback that has derided the senior British officer, yet has performed so with out a data-driven viewpoint. via his thorough statistical research Dr Peter Hodgkinson provides a priceless new viewpoint to the old debate underway concerning the nature of British officials in the course of the striking growth of the military among 1914 and 1918, and the striking, but usually forgotten, British victories of The Hundred Days.

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