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British Butchers and Bunglers of World War One

John Laffin

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In 'British Butchers and Bunglers of World War I' John Laffin, in a forceful and probing analysis of the British generals’ leadership maintains, the military reputation of the generals has not been critically enough examined, and he asks how those responsible for such catastrophic defeats were able to retain their commands.

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First published by Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd. in 1988. This fourth printing published by Budding Books, an imprint of Sutton Publishing Ltd.
Available in Hardcover
Fourth printing.
ISBN: 1840150114
Hardcover

Book details:

170 pages 240 mm. x 162 mm. x 22 mm.
Weight unwrapped 511 grm. Wrapped for postage approx 750 grm.

PRICE £7.50 plus postage (included for UK)

A bound book with laminated illustrated cover in NEAR FINE conditiion- no markings - Square and tight - a clean bright copy.
The dust wrapper is unclipped and condition is VERY GOOD PLUS..

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British Butchers and Bunglers of World War I is a forceful and probing analysis of the British general’s leadership. For too long, Dr John Laffin maintains, the military reputation of the generals has not been critically enough examined, and he asks how those responsible for such catastrophic defeats were able to retain their commands. Haig, whose army suffered 60,000 casualties on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, was still in command after five months more fighting and another 400,000 casualties. By the war’s end the numbers of dead had run into millions – doggedly brave British Empire soldiers who, Dr. Laffin believes, were killed, wounded or broken by commanders who were vain, egocentric or incompetent.

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But the generals, who blamed the dead and junior in rank, cannot be excused on the grounds there was ‘nothing else they could do’. Even now seventy years after that ‘Great War for Civilization’, this book raises questions that are uncomfortable. Dr. Laffin draws on the memories and writings of those who took part and quotes the judgments of other military historians to provide a lucid analysis of just what went wrong in the generals’ leadership and how it resulted in such appalling and tragic losses – and concludes that they were not merely incompetent but uncaring.
Controversial and uncompromising, this intelligent and important book is an invaluable addition to the history of World War I and will be read by all interested in this period of history and its influence on succeeding military campaigns.

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