By Peter E. Hodgkinson
Fresh reports of the British military through the First international warfare have essentially overturned old understandings of its method and strategies, but the chain of command that associated the higher echelons of GHQ to the warriors within the trenches is still poorly understood. which will reconnect the strains of conversation among the overall employees and front line, this e-book examines the British army's commanders at battalion point, through 4 key questions: (i) How and the place assets have been chanced on from the small officer corps of 1914 to deal with the requirement for commanding officials (COs) within the increasing military; (ii) What was once the standard of the lads who rose to command; (iii) past easy total caliber, precisely what characteristics have been perceived as making a good CO; and (iv) To what volume a meritocracy built within the British military by means of the Armistice.Based upon a prosopographical research of a database over 4,000 officials who commanded infantry battalions in the course of the warfare, the booklet tackles one of many important historiographical matters referring to the warfare: the characteristics of the senior British officer. In so doing it demanding situations lingering well known conceptions of callous incompetence, besides extra scholarly feedback that has derided the senior British officer, yet has performed so and not using a data-driven viewpoint. via his thorough statistical research Dr Peter Hodgkinson provides a precious new standpoint to the old debate underway concerning the nature of British officials throughout the outstanding enlargement of the military among 1914 and 1918, and the awesome, but frequently forgotten, British victories of The Hundred Days.
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Hancox of the 2nd Royal Inniskilling 29 War Office, letter (17 Jan. 1915), Lieutenant-Colonel Cecil Wanliss file (APC, D/ APC/HD/ABLW/187116). 30 Professor Gary Sheffield, personal communication. 31 War Office, letter (17 Jan. 1915). 32 Peter T. Scott, Dishonoured (London: Tom Donovan, 1994), 4–5. K. O’Meagher of the 2nd Munster Fusiliers were sent home, and neither commanded on active service again. What is possible is to attempt to assess viability as a commanding officer in the wider group in terms of their endurance in post on active service or their promotability.
B. Wilson, 4th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, had four active service commands. These included 60 days with the 2/7th Lancashire Fusiliers, 359 with the 1/4th King’s Own Scottish Borderers (KOSB), 68 days with the 2/8th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, and 333 with the 2/6th Manchester. Evidently a survivor, it is not known whether Wilson was with his wife when she became one of the 121 victims of the most successful V-1 attack of the Second World War on the Guard’s Chapel, Wellington Barracks, on the morning of 18 June 1944.
20 Hovell suffered from acne across the top of his back, and in India the pustules were pressed by hand by soldier-servants. It was this requirement of his Worcestershire servant which had started the rumour. Hovell was removed from his command in March 1915. Seeking to retrieve his reputation and demonstrating his old courage, at the age of 52 he enlisted secretly under an assumed name as a private soldier in his old (2nd) battalion and served on the Western Front for five months until his health broke down.
British Infantry Battalion Commanders in the First World War by Peter E. Hodgkinson