Strategy and Command

Strategy and Command

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In the first of three projected volumes, Prete crafts a behind-the-scenes look at Anglo-French command relations during World War I, from the start of the conflict until 1915, when trench warfare drastically altered the situation. Drawing on extensive archival research, Prete argues that the British government's primary interest lay in the defence of the empire; the small expeditionary force sent to France was progressively enlarged because the French, especially Commander-in-Chief Joseph Joffre, dragged their British ally into a progressively greater involvement. Several crises in Anglo-French command relations derived from these competing strategic objectives. New information gleaned from French public and private archives - including private diaries - enlarge our understanding of key players in the allied relationship.89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 CT 181, Pau (at Ostend) to Commander-in-Chief, 10 October [1914], ... See Letter, Asquith to the King, 9 October 1914, PRO, Cab 41/35/51, R/188; letter, Asquith to Venetia Stanley, anbsp;...

Title:Strategy and Command
Author:Roy A. Prete
Publisher:McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP - 2009-06-01


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