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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent & thorough study
This book looks at command and technology in the BEF in 1917 to 1918. The author cites a vast amount of original source material and appears to have conducted a thoroughly detailed and carefully considered study. Although there is little obvious sign of pre-existing bias, he concludes that towards the end of the war Haig and the BEF GHQ had lost control of the war to...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Is this price for real ???
68 for a kindle edition when you can get the paperback delivered from Amazon for 5.99 - shurely shome mishtake !!!! ????
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent & thorough study, 1 Oct 2010
This book looks at command and technology in the BEF in 1917 to 1918. The author cites a vast amount of original source material and appears to have conducted a thoroughly detailed and carefully considered study. Although there is little obvious sign of pre-existing bias, he concludes that towards the end of the war Haig and the BEF GHQ had lost control of the war to their army commanders, such as Rawlinson, who showed a greater understanding of how to proceed effectively.

The book concludes with a quote from General Ironside, the future CIGS, that many of the senior commanders had been promoted beyond their abilities.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Is this price for real ???, 18 April 2013
68 for a kindle edition when you can get the paperback delivered from Amazon for 5.99 - shurely shome mishtake !!!! ????
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor printing, 26 May 2013
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This review is from: How the War Was Won: Command and Technology in the British Army on the Western Front: 1917-1918: Command and Technology in the British Army on the Western Front, 1917-18 (Hardcover)
This book represents an excellent piece of research on a contentious area. It is very well written.

Too bad about the comic book quality typesetting and printing, which makes Tim Travers' hard work very, very hard to read.

I have seen clearer print on NCR paper at Italian railway stations in the eighties.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Overview minus the American Involvement, 5 Aug 2009
I'm surprised that the armchair Douglas Haig revisionists haven't tried to take on Tim Travers in this excellent, but short, overview of British army command and strategy in World War 1. Although not enough space is expended on AEF involvement which clinched the final victory against the Hun, we are given a true evaluation of the paralysis within the BEF command structure, in particularly, Haig and the GHQ. That they retained only symbolic leadership after 1918, is reviewed by the author here with excellent research on the traditional technology and attrition, which ended the war. The BEF command structure was the old top-down style that paralyzed free discussion and led to faulty decisions.

It's unfortunate that devotees of Haig represent the last 100 days of the war as a final triumph and vindication. But, unlike U.S. Civil War General Stonewall Jackson's maxim of never looking back when campaigning, the same cannot be said for Douglas Haig. Haig was extremely lucky to have not been sacked as Commander-in-Chief of British forces. He could not leave his rigid view of warfare and adapt to evolving changes on the battlefield.

Travers feels that in the final analysis, it was Haig's wearing-out strategy that finally wore out the Germans. Perhaps, but with great assistance of the AEF.
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