This is the first serious analysis of the combat capability of the British army in the Second World War. It sweeps away the myth that the army suffered from poor morale, and that it only won its battles thorugh the use of 'brute force' and by reverting to the techniques of the First World War. David French analyses the place of the army in British strategy in the interwar period and during the Second World War. He shows that after 1918 the General Staff tried hard to learn the lessons of the First World War, enthusiastically embracing technology as the best way of minimizing future casualties. In the first half of the Second World War the army did suffer from manifold weaknesses, not just in the form of shortages of equipment, but also in the way in which it applied its doctrine. Few soldiers were actively eager to close with the enemy, but the morale of the army never collapsed and its combat capability steadily improved from 1942 onwards. Professor French assesses Montgomery's contributions to the war effort and concludes that most important were his willingness to impose a uniform understanding of doctrine on his subordinates, and to use mechanized firepower in ways quite different from Haig in the First World War.Sir Basil Liddell Hart MSS Major- General George Lindsay MSS Major-General Sir F. Maurice MSS Field Marshal Lord Milne MSS Field Marshal Sir A. A. ... General Staff, Field Service Pocket Book 1914 (London, 1914). Field Service Pocketanbsp;...
|Title||:||Raising Churchill's Army : The British Army and the War against Germany 1919-1945|
|Publisher||:||OUP Oxford - 2000-06-08|