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By Roger Lee

ISBN-10: 1472449959

ISBN-13: 9781472449955

regardless of the huge output of revisionist scholarship during the last decade reappraising the functionality of the British military at the Western entrance through the First international battle, there nonetheless is still a obdurate conception that its commanders have been incompetent, rigid and unimaginative. while a lot ink has been spilled vilifying or protecting person commanders, or searching for overarching tendencies and ’learning curves’, this is often the 1st paintings to check systematically the vertical nature of command - that's the transmission of plans from the high-command down throughout the rank constitution to front line. via such an research, a way more rounded degree of the effectiveness of British commanders could be won; one strikes the argument past the overly simplistic ’casualties to flooring won’ equation that's frequently provided. The conflict of Fromelles (19-20 July 1916) was once chosen because the case research because it was once fairly small in scale, within the correct interval, and keeps adequate basic assets on hand to maintain the research. It additionally witnessed the 1st time Australian forces have been utilized in offensive operations at the Western entrance, and hence looms huge in wider Commonwealth perceptions of ’Bumbling British Generals’. The booklet follows the growth of the conflict plan from its inception within the strategic designs of the perfect commander down during the a variety of intermediate point instructions at operational and tactical headquarters until eventually it turned the orders that despatched the infantry ahead into the assault. In so doing it offers a special perception into the strengths and weaknesses of British command constitution, permitting a way more scholarly judgement of its total effectiveness.

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