1914 By Field Marshall Viscount French Of Ypres 1919 Wwi British Commander
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1914 by Field Marshall Viscount French of Ypres 1919 WWI British Commander
by Field Marshall Viscount French of Ypres
The hardcover book features a unique look at the fascinating history of WWI, interesting information and insight by the author.
Field Marshal John Denton Pinkstone French, 1st Earl of Ypres, KP, GCB, OM, GCVO, KCMG, ADC, PC (28 September 1852 – 22 May 1925), known as Sir John French from 1901 to 1916, and as The Viscount French between 1916 and 1922, was a senior British Army officer. Born in Kent to an Anglo-Irish family, he saw brief service as a midshipman in the Royal Navy, before becoming a cavalry officer. He achieved rapid promotion and distinguished himself on the Gordon Relief Expedition. French had a considerable reputation as a womaniser throughout his life and his career nearly ended when he was cited in the divorce of a brother officer whilst in India in the early 1890s.
French's most important role was as Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) for the first year and a half of the First World War. He had an immediate personality clash with the French General Charles Lanrezac. After the British suffered heavy casualties at the battles of Mons and Le Cateau (where Smith-Dorrien made a stand contrary to French's wishes), French wanted to withdraw the BEF from the Allied line to refit and only agreed to take part in the First Battle of the Marne after a private meeting with the Secretary of State for War, Lord Kitchener, against whom he bore a grudge thereafter. In May 1915 he leaked information about shell shortages to the press in the hope of engineering Kitchener's removal. By summer 1915 French's command was being increasingly criticised in London by Kitchener and other members of the government, and by Haig, Robertson and other senior generals in France. After the Battle of Loos, at which French's slow release of XI Corps from reserve was blamed for the failure to achieve a decisive breakthrough on the first day, H. H. Asquith, the British Prime Minister, demanded his resignation. Haig, who was formerly French's trusted subordinate and who had saved him from bankruptcy by lending him a large sum of money in 1899, replaced him.
Copyright 1919, no other printings noted
Pages: 386 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
The book measures approx. 10 by 6 ½ inches. The cover is in good condition with some scuffing and light wear, some minor staining on the covers. The spine end is good with some light wear and fraying on ends, small split along top front hinge. The boards and corners are in nice shape with some minor denting and wear. The hinges and text binding are tight and strong, slightly pulled from the covers. The pages are in nice shape with some minor creasing and rubbing, a couple of spots of toning from newspaper clippings laid in, price in pencil on inside front cover, book is nice.