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Douglas Haig : Diaries and Letters 1914-1918

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The diaries of the most controversial British general of the twentieth century.There's a commonly held view that Douglas Haig was a bone-headed, callous butcher, who through his incompetence as commander of the British Army in WWI, killed a generation of young men on the Somme and Passchendaele. On the other hand there are those who view Haig as a man who successfully struggled with appalling difficulties to produce an army which took the lead in defeating Germany in 1918.Haig's Diaries, hitherto only previously available in bowdlerised form, give the C-in-C's view of Asquith and his successor Lloyd George, of whom he was highly critical. The diaries show him intriguing with the King vs. Lloyd George. Additional are his day by day accounts of the key battles of the war, not least the Somme campaign of 1916.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 136 x 212 x 46mm | 680.4g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New
  • 8 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0753820757
  • 9780753820759
  • 516,325

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Edited by two distinguished military historians, they reveal a man very different from the stereotypical warmonger of Left-wing mythology--Daily Mail This is a major and much-needed addition to the historiography of one of the most contentious periods in British history--Sunday Herald A re-examination and new selection of the wartime diary is overdue, and now comes in a handsome and uncommonly well-edited edition--Sunday Telegraphshow more

About Professor Gary Sheffield

Gary Sheffield is Professor of Modern History at King's College, London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He broadcasts regularly on television and radio, and writes for the national press. He lives in Oxfordshire. Dr John Bourne is Director of the Centre for First World War Studies at the University of Birmingham. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Vice-President of the Western Front Association. He has written widely on the First World War. He lives in Birmingham.show more

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