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War Diaries and Letters 1914-1918 [Paperback]

Gary Sheffield , Douglas Haig , John Bourne
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4 May 2006

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.


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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (4 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753820757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753820759
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 13.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 595,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The diaries of the most controversial British general of the twentieth century.

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Douglas Haig's War Diaries and Letters 23 Sep 2013
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Essential reading for any serious student of the Great War. Expertly edited by Gary Sheffield and John Bourne. The introduction covers: Haig the man and the development of his career during 1914-1915, his tenure as commander in chief, and his role during the last 100 days. Besides Haig's diary entries letters to his wife Dorothy, King George V and other leading figures are also included. The biographical sketches include useful and helpful mini portraits of key figures during the war, such as: Allenby, Asquith, Byng, Foch, French, Plumer, Lloyd George and Wully Robertson amonst others. There is also a helpful select bibliography of materials for further reading or research.
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