Plutarch attributed to Chabrias the saying that "an army of deer commanded by a lion is more to be feared than an army of lions commanded by a deer". Overall I believe the success to WW1 was due to teamwork and the fails were because of lack of joint effort by both Generals and Soldiers.
Gary Sheffield explores our views of the generals of the British Army. He was questioning what they did; only fools would do that. But thousands lost their lives because those in command often had to make decisions based on missing or incorrect information.
It also could mean this was due to the guts and spirit of the brilliant soldiers, who stayed determined and fought without be cowards. Lack of co-operation, let alone British inaction inmight well have caused the coalition to fall apart.
Stopford was replaced 10 days later and sent home. The stereotype is that the ordinary soldiers were lions led by donkeys — the donkeys being incompetent, uncaring generals, responsible for thousands of unnecessary deaths.
While some more recent documentaries such as Channel 4's The First World War have confronted the popular image of lions led by donkeys head-on by reflecting current scholarship presenting more nuanced portrayals of British leaders and more balanced appraisals of the difficulties faced by the High Commands of all the combatants, they have been viewed by much less of the public than either 's The Great War or comedies such as Blackadder.
But thanks to an outstanding performance in the Boer War, Haig moved up the Army hierarchy where he excelled in a number of demanding posts. This reality of coalition warfare also helps to explain why Haig never contemplated halting the Battle of the Somme after the disastrous first day.
Instead he said the nation must be taught to bear losses, meaning there would be many more deaths to come. The British retreated to the city of Kut, and a siege followed. It also could mean this was due to the guts and spirit of the brilliant soldiers, who stayed determined and fought without being cowards.
Most were in their 40s or early 50s and on the ball. Either way, it was a citizen army rather than a professional force. Grievous though British losses were the so-called lost generation seems to have been something of a myth too.
During the first years of the war, thousands of lives were lost as both sides attempted nineteenth century-style frontal attacks against twentieth century defences.
By the British Army had a great deal of experience fighting conflicts all over the empire but nothing on the sheer scale of World War One. That educational cradle of prime ministers down the centuries, Eton College, saw 5, boys go to war, 1, of them - more than 20 per cent - were killed. Warfare still looked back to the age of Napoleon.
However, the work's viewpoint of incompetent military leaders was never accepted by some mainstream historians, and both the book and its viewpoint have been subject to attempts at revisionism.
The alliance between France and Britain was always a somewhat uneasy one. It was led by men who, if not military geniuses, were at least thoroughly competent commanders.This is direct criticism against the generals, and evidence that the soldiers were ‘lions led by donkeys’.
The Commander-in-cheif Generals of the British Army during the First World War were Sir John French () and Sir Douglas Haig (! onwards).
The British Army were lions led by donkeys. Categories. Random Flashcards; Tags. The Generals did not care about their soldiers in the First World War because according to David Lloyd George’s memoirs about the War tactics, he says, “Haig ordered many bloody battles in this War.
people think the British Generals were not donkeys. Nov 09, · " Lions led by donkeys " is a phrase popularly used to describe the British infantry of World War I and to blame the generals who led them.
The contention is that the brave soldiers (lions) were sent to their deaths by incompetent and indifferent leaders (donkeys). The phrase was the source of the title of one of the most scathing examinations of British First World War.
The lions were not led by donkeys THE First World War was a conflict of gangrene, gas and ghastliness, a futile massacre that achieved nothing in which a whole generation of deluded teenagers were.
Mar 10, · Forgotten Victory: The First World War - Myths and Realities by Gary Sheffield (Headline, ) British Butchers and Bunglers of World War One by John Laffin (Sutton, ) Western Front by.
The British general depicted in the caricature is one of the more controversial figures of the First World War. He was the commander who ordered the Somme offensive in July In the battle that followed, 20, British soldiers were killed on the first day and a further 40, wounded.Download