Those guys are definitely worth a mention but it's worth noting their reputations are in large part built on the fact that they only received a corps command in the most successful year of the war. Same for Allenby. On the Western front his performance was mediocre, they shipped him out to Palestine and suddenly he's known as one of WWI's best generals. Frankly the Western front just didn't make anyone look good.
>British Prime Minister David Lloyd George claimed to his biographer that had the war continued into 1919, he would have sought to replace Field Marshal Haig with Arthur Currie and have Australian general, John Monash, appointed as Currie's chief of staff
is pretty sad when the colonials can field a more competent force then the old empires of Europe
>took an important part in making the Schlieffen Plan fail >won most of his battles >end up losing a battle >send to /balk/ as a punishment >with Serbs, free Serbia, force Bulgaria to surrender, threaten Austria (who already had a lot of problems), making them surrender too >Germany now isolated >mfw everyone believe Germans surrendered because of americans and not because they were now isolated
>in April 1915, he took command of the Second Army in May 1915 and in June 1917 won an overwhelming victory over the German Army at the Battle of Messines, which started with the simultaneous explosion of a series of mines placed by the Royal Engineers' tunnelling companies beneath German lines, which created 19 large craters and was described as the loudest explosion in human history
>>550916 >I don't know if Cadorna was dumb or too bold to keep launchingl offensives in the Alps like that. He was a bureaucrat with no combat experience whatsoever and totally detatched from the reality of war, so that pretty much disqualifies for boldness, so he was dumb (more like, incompetent, inexperienced, ignorant). He only got high command because the year before the war started like all italian generals either died or got disgraced for political reasons. He was literally the last guy available to be senior enough for the role.
No, Currie was good. Don't let him be coloured by Harper's cynical manipulation of his reputation.
Currie was methodical, avoided frontal attack whenever possible (unless Haig forced him), and understood artillery very well (he went from private to colonel in an artillery regiment in Victoria before the war).
He was as careful as he could be of his mens' lives. I like to think this goes back to his being a schoolmaster in the 1890s--he must have reflected that they boys he taught then were most likely in uniform and under his command.
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