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This review is from: Stemming the Tide. Officers and Leadership in the British Expeditionary Force 1914 (Wolverhampton Military) (Hardcover)
Having received this book from Santa I have so far only read about a third of it, but I have no hesitation is suggesting it should find a place on the shelves of anyone interested in the Great War, in 1914 particularly, and in the development of the British Officer Corps in the period leading up to 1914. In conjunction with other recent works, the authors of this collection of essays have gone a long way to correcting the Lions and Donkeys school so readily trotted out by the school that holds the German Army as a sine qua non.
The essay on Bulfin (GOC 2nd Brigade) is a model of succinct description and well-researched study; that on Allenby (Cavalry Division) is a useful counter-point to those who claim the British Cavalry "failed". The chapter dealing with the Company Commanders in the BEF is also a first-rate study of a class of men dedicated (in the whole) to professional development and creation of what we would now call, sadly, "best practice"
If I had a quibble it would be a minor one: I would have liked to see more coverage of the cavalry arm - tactical development (particularly the "Mounted Infantry" debate and the use of the arme blanche) and the strides in musketry and horsemastership made in the immediate pre-war years - which is perhaps a little neglected here. However, much of this is covered in other recent works, so I suspect I'm being picky.
All that I have read so far leads me to say, without hesitation, that this book is a must-have for all those with the interests outlined at the beginning of this review. Helios are to be congratulated for producing such a work at a very reasonable and affordable price.