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Field Marshal Sir Henry WilsonA Political Soldier$
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Keith Jeffery

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199239672

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239672.001.0001

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At the Staff College

At the Staff College

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Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson


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Late in October 1906 Henry Wilson learned that he was going to succeed Henry Rawlinson as Commandant of the Staff College of Ireland. He was now to be in a position to put theory into practice, and, potentially, influence the staff ‘doctrine’ of the army. In his memorandum on the General Staff for in May 1905, Wilson had argued the need to form a ‘school of military thought’, and he undoubtedly had a pretty clear idea of what he wanted to achieve at the college. In common with other army ‘progressives’, Wilson wanted to establish a coherent system of higher education and training for the army. It was vitally important for the professional skills of staff officers to be improved, and that the Staff College should work towards producing a corps of officers ‘imbued with uniform methods of work and a common approach to staff problems’.

Keywords:   school of military thought, Ireland, Staff College, army, military training, Henry Rawlinson

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