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Kitchener's War: British Strategy from 1914 to 1918 [Paperback]

George H. Cassar
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1 Sep 2005
Without the advantage of birth or social connections, Horatio Herbert Kitchener rose rapidly in the Army, from obscure subaltern to the most acclaimed soldier in Britain. In August 1914, in the hour of his country s greatest need, he dutifully responded to the call to serve as secretary for war. George Cassar s study focuses on Kitchener s role in recognizing and framing the larger issues of the war facing his countrymen and the Allies. From the beginning he appreciated the complexities and demands of the global conflict, understanding that it would last at least three years and require the deployment of a mass army. His recruiting campaign, highlighted by the famous poster Your Country Needs You, brought in nearly three million volunteers, a feat that no other belligerent nation came close to matching. Kitchener s strategy was twofold. First, to defeat Germany and preserve Britain s independ-ence, Kitchener understood that the key to victory was to treat the western and eastern fronts as one. Thus he worked closely with, and supplied armaments to, the Russian army, while pursuing careful attrition in France. His second aim was to enhance the security of Britain and its empire in a postwar world, not just against enemies but also against allies. Drawing upon a variety of unpublished sources, ranging from government documents to the private papers of leading generals and politicians, the author sheds new light on Kitchener s controversial role in the Dardanelles campaign and the munitions crisis, his efforts to organize an Arab revolt against Turkey, his supervision of operations in Africa, and his relations with colleagues and Allied leaders. This highly readable book refutes many myths about Kitchener, which his detractors circulated after his death in 1916, and makes a powerful case that without his leadership the Entente would not have won the war.

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  • Paperback: 363 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc (1 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574887092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574887099
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 950,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Carefully researched, well-written, and filled with interesting detail, "Kitchener's War" is the first major reassessment of Kitchener's tenure as secretary of war and provides a much-needed balance to the literature on the war."

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George H. Cassar, Ph.D., is a professor of military and modern European history at Eastern Michigan University and a leading authority on Britain at war. He has published numerous books on the subject, including Kitchener: Architect of Victory and Asquith as War Leader. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A solid read - not a biography 23 Jan 2014
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An insightful read that almost takes you back a hundred years to an era where Britain's influence hovered between the British Isles, India and Africa, while reaching beyond to Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It was a world power - a manufacturing powerhouse with a huge geographical spread, held together by a navy that ruled all oceans and colonial administrators who, like Kitchener, we raised and lived for much of their careers, 'in the colonies' or protectorate. Reading this your perspective on the First World War puts you somewhere above the Mediteranean looking east to Egypt and the Arabs under Ottoman rule, north to the Dardanelles and north west to the most important front of them all between Flanders and the Somme.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An superbly researched and meticulously detailed account 8 Aug 2004
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Kitchener's War: British Strategy From 1914 To 1916 by George H. Cassar (Professor of Military and Modern European History, Eastern Michigan University) is an superbly researched and meticulously detailed account of Horatio Herbert Kitchener who recruited a British force of almost three million men to defeat German's ambitions and defend British interests in the first two years of World War I. To this purpose Kitchener also supplied armaments to the Russian army while pursuing a policy of careful attrition in France. Drawing upon unpublished sources ranging from government documents to private papers of generals and politicians, Professor Cassar brings a fresh and more complete understanding to Kitchener's controversial role in the Dardanelles campaign, the Arab revolt against Turkey, British operations in Africa, and his relations with colleagues and Allied leaders. No personal or academic World War I Military Studies collection can be considered complete or comprehensive without the inclusion of George H. Cassar's Kitchener's War!
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