By David R. Woodward

The complex stalemate at the western entrance with its unparalleled casualties provoked a livid debate in London among the civil and armed forces professionals over the way to defeat Germany. The passions aroused persisted to the current day. The mercurial and dynamic David Lloyd George stood on the centre of this controversy in the course of the struggle. His intervention in army questions and resolution to redirect procedure placed him at odds with the top squaddies and admirals of his day.Professor Woodward, a scholar of the good conflict for a few 4 a long time, explores the every now and then Byzantine surroundings at Whitehall by means of exhaustive archival study in reliable and personal papers. the point of interest is on Lloyd George and his adversaries corresponding to Lord Kitchener, common Sir William Robertson, and box Marshall Sir Douglas Haig. the result's a clean, compelling and distinct account of the interplay among civil and armed forces experts in overall battle.

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On February 1, with a new suit bought for the occasion, Lloyd George departed for Paris to break down French resistance. Ostensibly, the purpose of his trip was to attend a meeting with the French and Russian finance ministers. His mind, however, was fixed on the Balkans—not the finances of the Triple Entente. To his surprise and annoyance, he discovered when he talked to Alexandre Ribot, the minister of finance, that Millerand had returned from London without mentioning his discussions with the British ministers about an expeditionary force to the Aegean.

14. Ibid. 32 LLOYD GEORGE AND THE GENERALS 15. War Council, January 8, 1915, CAB 42/1/12. 16. Captain Cyril Falls, Military Operations, Macedonia from the Outbreak of War to the Spring of 1917 (1933), 1:83. 17. War Council, January 8, 1915, CAB 42/1/12. 18. Ibid. 19. Hankey, Supreme Command, 1:258. 20. Entry of January 21, 1915, A Diary by Frances Stevenson, p. 21. 21. Hankey, Supreme Command, 1:265. 22. War Council, January 13, 1915, CAB 42/1/16. 23. Entry of January 17, 1915, Lord Riddell’s War Diary, p.

Lloyd George spoke often and forcefully during the discussion. He wanted immediate action. ” Yet nothing was being done while the Germans acted. 26 LLOYD GEORGE AND THE GENERALS The political advantages of an Allied force being sent to Salonika seemed so overwhelming that the War Council overruled the commander of the British Expeditionary Force. Grey was instructed to draft a note to Athens as the first step of the dispatch of the 29th Division to Salonika. 48 When the Anglo-French proposal was presented on February 15 to Venizelos, the pro-Ally Greek premier, he turned it down.

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