Haig-bashing

Michael Howard

  • Haig’s Command: A Reassessment by Denis Winter
    Viking, 362 pp, £18.99, February 1991, ISBN 0 670 80255 7

The German General Staff used to divide army officers into four categories: the clever and lazy, the clever and hard-working, the stupid and lazy and the stupid and hard-working. The clever and lazy made the best generals, the clever and hard-working the best staff-officers, the stupid and lazy could be fitted in as regimental officers; but the stupid and hard-working were a positive menace and had to be got rid of as quickly as possible. Douglas Haig belonged to the fourth group.

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