I am reading "A War of Nerves - Soldiers and Psychiatrists 1914-1994" by Ben Shephard, and a riveting read it is. But - he is a journalist rather than an historian, so his referencing is a bit loose. On page 71 (last page of Ch 5 Psychiatry at the Front 1917-18) he writes of the changing atmosphere around Haig, as he recognised that: the army is now composed of representatives all classes of the Nation, and many are most intelligent and can think things out quoted as Haig's words, spoken over lunch, to the King, and which - from his notes - might be taken from any one of 3 publications, the most likely being Haig's private papers. A few lines later, he writes that in 1918 when Haig's HQ was at last Culled of 'the mediocrities and conformists that he had always found so agreeable', the staff began to develop a new professionalism. I am unable from Shephard's notes to identify the source for the words in quote marks/bold above - Official History of WW1 perhaps? Doesn't read like Haig's own words. I'm looking for help with 2 things: a. The source of the quote, and b. Informed comment on his judgment of the nature, and extent of the transformation (if any) to which Mr Shephard alludes. If anyone thinks it would help, I can list the documents referenced in the notes immediately before and after the line in question. Over to you lot . . . .