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By Simon Robbins

Following the profession of 1 quite unknown First global battle basic, Lord Horne, this e-book provides to the transforming into literature that demanding situations long-held assumptions that the 1st international battle used to be a mindless massacre carried out by means of unimaginative and incompetent generals. as an alternative it demonstrates that males like Horne built new strategies and strategies to house the radical difficulties of trench battle and in so doing seeks to re-establish identical to the British generals and clarify the explanations for the mess ups of 1915-16 and the successes of 1917-18 and the way this amazing switch in functionality was once accomplished via a miles maligned staff of senior officials. Horne's very important profession and memorable personality sheds gentle not just at the significant battles within which he was once concerned; the development of the battle; his relationships along with his employees and different senior officials; the radical difficulties of trench battle; the assimilation of recent guns, strategies and coaching tools; and the problems posed by means of the German defences, but in addition at the attitudes and professionalism of a senior British commander serving at the Western entrance. Horne's profession therefore offers a car for learning the functionality of the British military within the first zone of the 20th Century. It additionally supplies an incredible perception into the attitudes, ethos and professionalism of the officer corps which led that military to victory at the Western entrance, exposing not just its flaws but in addition its many strengths. This examine accordingly presents a judgment not just on Horne as a character, innovator and normal of significant value but in addition on his contemporaries who served with the British Armies in South Africa and France in the course of an period which observed a revolution in army affairs giving start to a latest kind of conflict which nonetheless prevails to this day.

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