Jaysus, trust you to turn my world upside down. I'm currently reading a very boring fiction (which herself bought) about the oul sod in the 17th century.caubeen said:My view may be coloured by not having read the most recent biogs. Can you recommend?GDav said:That however, is a dated opinion. Haig was not unimaginative at all. He embraced new technology when he thought it was relevant to easing the suffering of the PBI and when he thought it could shorten the war.caubeen said:He was, in a sense, a Montgomery to Joffre's Eisenhower.GDav said:I disagree and remember - Haig controlled, from the start to the finish of his command, the lesser force on the continent. Nor was he the senior commander in the theatre, he was subservient to the French and instructed by his own government, against his better judgement, to follow tactical (and strategic) planning which Marshall Joffre laid down.
But the indications are that Monty was far more ready to pipe up, disagree and take his own line. And often to carry a reluctant govt with him.
Haig seems simply to have got his head down and slogged on, when a more imaginative man would have suggested or taken personal initiatives.
Remember this: Haig is the man who denied Fuller "et al" their decisive victory of 1919 - and saved (potentially) 100,000's of allied lives (and German).
I think my last was de Groot; and at present I'm immersed in Indian Army post-WW2 stuff, so I have to try and think back.