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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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Preparing for war

Preparing for war

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(p.85) 6 Preparing for war
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Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson
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KEITH JEFFERY

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239672.003.0006

Fifty years after the end of the World War I, Sir Charles Deedes, who had served under Henry Wilson in the War Office of Ireland before 1914, firmly stated that it was Wilson's energy, determination, and foresight that brought the British army to a state of readiness to proceed overseas in August 1914. Allowing that the British commitment to war alongside France was (as Wilson fervently believed) both morally and politically the right thing to do, it may be that Wilson's four years as director of military operations constituted the most productive and successful of his whole career. An alternative view, however, is that Wilson's achievements during these years were disastrous for Britain. This chapter discusses Wilson's planning in preparation for Britain's joining France in the war with Germany.

Keywords:   Sir Charles Deedes, Ireland, World War I, army, military operations, France, war planning, Germany

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