Plumer: The Soldier S General

Geoffrey S. Powell


Plumer: The Soldier S General

Plumer: The Soldier S General

  • Title: Plumer: The Soldier S General
  • Author: Geoffrey S. Powell
  • ISBN: 9781844150397
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Paperback



First World War Generals tend to have dubious reputations and in group photographs of the High Command on the Western Front, one figure stands out as an archetypal Colonel Blimp smart to a fault, white hair, white moustache, pot belly This was Sir Herbert Plumer.But his appearance belies the fact that he was one of the best performing and best regarded officers on the AFirst World War Generals tend to have dubious reputations and in group photographs of the High Command on the Western Front, one figure stands out as an archetypal Colonel Blimp smart to a fault, white hair, white moustache, pot belly This was Sir Herbert Plumer.But his appearance belies the fact that he was one of the best performing and best regarded officers on the Allied side He was famously thoughtful of his men and sparing of their lives Though he never got on with Haig Plumer had, as an examiner, given Haig low marks at Staff College and although Haig considered removing him, Plumer proved indispensable during the great German offensive of March 1918 Plumer s crowning glories were the attack on Messines Ridge in 1917 and his successful implementation of the Obite and holdO strategy that contributed so much to final victory.Lord Plumer of Messines, as he became, destroyed all his papers, but the distinguished Historian Geoffrey Powell has meticulously researched this biography, and has written a lucid account of this undeservedly neglected hero which throws fresh light on generalship on the Western Front.


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It's very rare for me to give up on a book, but I have to confess that is what I have done with this one.The author, Geoffrey Powell, notes from the start that he has chosen a difficult subject for a biography. Plumer instructed that all his personal papers were to be destroyed after his death, and the previous biography, written by his chief of staff, Tim Harrington, was deliberately written to be uncontroversial, avoiding any negative comments regarding his former colleagues. As a result, Powe [...]


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