Haig’s Generals

Date Published :
April 2009
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Editor :
Ian F.W. Beckett, Steven J. Corvi
Illustration :
30 illustrations
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An in-depth study of Douglas Haig's army commanders on the Western Front during the First World War. Assesses their careers and characters, looks critically at their performance in command and examines their relationship with their subordinates and with Haig himself. Chapters are devoted to Allenby, Byng, Birdwood, Gough, Horne, Monro, Plumer, Rawlinson and Smith-Dorrien. Offers a fascinating insight into the mentality of these men and into their methods as they sought a solution to the problem of war on the Western Front. A fascinating and original contribution to the history of the war in the trenches.

Contributors include: John Bourne, Matthew Hughes, John Lee, William Philpott, Simon Robbins, Gary Sheffield, Peter Simkins, Ian F. W. Beckett, Steven J. Corvi.

About The Author

Ian F. W. Beckett & Steven J. Corvi are both authors and military historians.


"For those who subscribe to the Haig was an incompetent butcher opinion, this book will perhaps open minds and bring the realities of Haig’s situation into focus… will assist any battle guide or researcher seeking to give color to the men behind the reputations."

- Mike McCarthy, Western Front Association

"...rigorous scholarship, accessible structure and some truly engaging prose."

- Military Illustrated

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