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The Dead Donkeys: The Myth of the ‘Château Generals’ Part Three – Gallipoli 1915 – Disaster in the Dardanelles

The Gallipoli section of this series of posts is the only part where I have included all General Officers, including those who were dismissed – and one of them had earned a D.S.O. in South Africa in 1900 in an … Continue reading

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The Dead Donkeys: The Myth of the ‘Château Generals’ Part Two – The Western Front 1915

1915 would begin with the deaths of two generals that I introduced you to last post.  On 22nd February, Brigadier-General Sir John Edmond Gough V.C., Chief of Staff 1st Army, was killed by a German sniper on the Aubers Ridge, … Continue reading

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The Dead Donkeys: The Myth of the ‘Château Generals’ Part One – 1914

“It is a simple historical fact that the British Generals of the First World War, whatever their faults, did not fail in their duty. It was not a British delegation that crossed the lines with a white flag in November … Continue reading

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Coming up in 2019

A sneak preview of what’s coming up next year.  Along with the usual one-off posts, much of 2019 will be spent following the course of the war in the area to the south west of Ypres, along with one major … Continue reading

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From the Men of 29th Division……

This understated 1918 Christmas card from the collection perhaps reflects the mixed emotions felt as the first peacetime Christmas for five years approached.

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Fourth Army Standing Orders: Adjutant-General’s and Quartermaster-General’s Branch 1917

Now this all sounds a bit dour, doesn’t it? 

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A Return Walk in the Palingbeek

It’s the afternoon of Armistice Day 2018, and the Palingbeek looks glorious in the late autumn sunshine. 

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