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The Strategy of the Lloyd George Coalition, 1916–1918$
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David French

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205593

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205593.001.0001

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Caporetto, Cambrai, and the Supreme War Council

Caporetto, Cambrai, and the Supreme War Council

(p.148) 6 Caporetto, Cambrai, and the Supreme War Council
The Strategy of the Lloyd George Coalition, 1916–1918

David French

Oxford University Press

By mid-September 1917 Lloyd George believed that the Flanders offensive had failed, that the public were becoming uneasy at the lack of news of definite progress and that the offensive should be halted. Six weeks of mounting casualties and scant progress meant that a number of his colleagues, including Milner and Bonar Law, shared Lloyd George's scepticism about the Flanders offensive. But they dared not act precipitately, for Robertson and Haig could still call upon some powerful allies. In the autumn and winter of 1917/18 the Prime Minister employed all of his political talents either to replace uncongenial colleagues and advisers, or, where that was politically impossible, to reduce their powers. By February 1918, after being in power for fourteen months, it appeared as if the Prime Minister had at last succeeded in foisting his own strategic policy on his government.

Keywords:   First World War, Lloyd George, British policy, military policy, military strategy, Flanders offensive

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