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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 – 11 Jun 1992

3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (11 Jun. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415076285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415076289
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 16.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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' ... a welcome companion to Travers's The Killing Ground ...' – International History Review

' ... How The War Was Won will be a valuable reference document for anyone studying the final phases of the Great War.' – British Army Review

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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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Took a while to get into but ultimately an interesting read and conclusions it is not difficult to agree with. If you have read "command on the western front" about Rawlinson you may not agree with the conclusions that he was quite so innovative as Travers would have you believe, you may think it is likely that it wasn't an Army commanders final 100 days but a Corps or even divisional commanders war. But I am definitely no expert.
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Excellent detail throughout this book to back up convincing arguments, although with emphasis on the British and commonwealth efforts. Would be useful to have made a comparison with how the German army had changed but you can see that Generals such as Rawlinson and a few others had just got to grips with logistics, technology and movement to take advantage of the German collapse in the summer of 1918.
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