Birdie – More Than ’Soul of Anzac’
Field Marshal Lord Birdwood of Anzac and Totnes, 1865-1951
Imprint: Helion and Company
232 Pages, 6.7 x 9.6 in, 12 b/w illustrations, 13 maps
- August 2023
- In Stock
"Richard Farrimond’s Birdie deals with one of the most long-lived of the senior British officers of the Great War, William Birdwood (1865-1951)…seemingly easy to pigeon-hole: classic Indian Army officer, protégé of Kitchener, somewhat indolent corps and army commander who seemed to avoid the catastrophes and controversies…commander-in-chief in India and field marshal, enjoying a long and apparently fulfilled retirement. Farrimond’s biography – the first study of Birdwood’s entire life – complicates that easy characterization, in the most productive way. …a career which did not rely merely on luck, patronage or amiability, though Birdwood benefitted from all three: he could easily have been killed at Colenso in South Africa or on Gallipoli. As Farrimond shows, Birdwood worked hard…and possessed a solid core of competence and command which belied his agreeable style. …There was indeed more to Birdwood than we might have assumed. …In taking us with him on this journey – riding alongside Birdie, as it were – Richard Farrimond proves a thorough and thought-provoking companion and guide. Thanks to his Birdie, we can never again look on Birdwood with such complacency."
-Professor Peter Stanley, FAHA University of New South Wales, Canberra