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The Little Field Marshal: A Life of Sir John French (Cassell Military Paperbacks) e-book

Author:

Richard Holmes

Language:

English

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Rating:

4.9

Publisher:

Cassell (May 1, 2007)

Pages:

427

ISBN:

0304367028

The Little Field Marshal: A Life of Sir John French (Cassell Military Paperbacks) e-book

by Richard Holmes


The definitive biography of Sir John French, by the increasingly famous Richard Holmes. Sir John French is a figure who has always aroused controversy.

The definitive biography of Sir John French, by the increasingly famous Richard Holmes. Douglas Haig despised him, while Churchill thought his leadership qualities unsurpassed. Despite being the most capable cavalry leader of his generation, posterity has judged him an unfeeling butcher, responsible for more deaths in the first two hours of the battle of Loos than all the casualties on both sides in the 1944 D-Day landings.

Sir John French is a figure who has always aroused controversy. Douglas Haig despised him, while Churchill thought his leadership qualities unsurpassed

Sir John French is a figure who has always aroused controversy. But there was another side to French, which is only revealed in his private papers

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Richard Holmes (military historian). The Little Field Marshal: A Life of Sir John French (1981). ISBN 978-0-224-01575-2. Not to be confused with Richard Holmes (biographer) (1945–). Edward Richard Holmes.

The Little Field Marshal book. Richard Holmes was Professor of Military and Security Studies at Cranfield University and the Royal Military College of Science. This biography by Field Marshall Sir John French was Commander-in-Chief of the BEF from 1914-15. Sir John was a very good cavalry commander in the Boer War and in the period before WW1 played a major part in reforming the Army. His books include The Little Field Marshal: Sir John French; Firing Line; The Road to Sedan; Riding the Retreat; Redcoat; and Wellington: The Iron Duke. He has presented several BBC TV series, including War Walks and The Western Front, and wrote the accompanying books. He enlisted into the Territorial Army in 1965 and rose to the rank of brigadier.

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Richard Holmes is Professor of Military and Security Studies at Cranfield University and the Royal Military College of Science. For many years he taught military history at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst before leaving for a spell of full-time military service. He enlisted into the Territorial Army in 1965 and rose to the.

Despite being the most capable cavalry leader of his generation, Sir John French has always aroused controversy. Posterity has judged him an unfeeling butcher, responsible for more deaths in the first two hours of the battle of Loos than all the casualties on both sides in the 1944 D-Day landings. But French has another side, revealed in his private papers—a side filled with affairs and personal torment. An esteemed Professor of Military and Security Studies tells French’s compelling, dramatic story.
Dainris
Richard Holmes' well-written and often fascinating biography, "The Little Field Marshal", is the life of Sir John French, once one of Britain's foremost soldiers but now largely forgotten. French had the misfortune to be the first commander of the British Expeditionary Force in the difficult opening year of the First World War, a role that Holmes makes clear he was poorly suited for.

French entered the British Army in 1852. His service in uniform would span the half century that marked the apogee of the British Empire and the beginning of its decline, and Holmes's biography is to some degree a portrait of the times as well as of his subject. French was a hardworking young officer who earned a battlefield reputation as a courageous and dashing cavalry commander in Sudan and South Africa. The honors he earned in the Boer War, and the favor of various patrons, would propell French to the very top of the British military establishment. He would be the obvious first choice to command Britain's Army on the continent in 1914.

As Holmes makes clear, French, a superb leader of men and a loyal officer of the crown, was poorly suited to the challenges of high command. He never mastered staff work, was often politically naive, undisciplined in his personal life, and too emotional for his own good. He made many friends and many enemies, and adapted indifferently to the demands of coalition generalship under the stalemated conditions of 1914-1915. Holmes successfully redeems him from the "General Blimp" stereotype of history but reveals him as a good officer of the Empire who outlived his times.

"The Little Field Marshal" provides some fascinating insights into the politics of the British Army in the first years of the 20th Century, and into the handling of the "Irish problem" and the struggle over home rule.

This book is highly recommended to students of the First World War and of the history of the British Army
Broadcaster
I can't think of a harder thing to do than write an appraisal of Sir John French, never mind doing it in the context of what transpired in the Great War until his dismissal in 1915. He doesn't come across as a sympathetic figure. But Holmes does his job. We get a rounded view of the generals with whom French interacted, as well as the manner in which French viewed his place in that great catastrophe. There's a slight tone of resignation throughout. Again, this man was not charismatic. Some more probing of his possible motives for the decisions he made, and not just because of how others, Smith-Dorrien for instance, seemed to antagonize him. French comes across as a reactive and mercurial figure, and accurately so. I'd have liked to have read a more aggressive analysis of why French failed to deliver tactically, from a purely military viewpoint. But if Holmes can handle material such as this, and so well, he can write anything.
Molotok
I thought the author did a very good job on a very forgotten man. FM French is a classic example of the Wrong Man at the wrong place , wrong time and with the wrong job. In my humble opinion he was born about 50 years too late. If he had died at the end of the Boer War. Then I think that History would of been more kind to him. But none the less, I can say that could of anyone else of done a better job than he at the start of WWI? He could have lost the entire BEF at Mons or on the Retreat from Mons. And yes he was very cautious at the Marne but he had the only real British Army in the world under his command. But could of any one else realistically done better? Especially against one of the best trained and led Armies of the World? I think that Haig would have done a lost worst & Allenby was too junior and inexperienced in Modern War at the time. Later on he (Allenby) would literally kick the Ottoman Empire to death. I would also argue the same for the Battle of Loos and his handling of Ireland.
As to his failings of keeping it in his pockets. In those days "Rank hath its priviledges" had real meaning for his class. Today it would probadly lead to a cashiering of his commission. So I shall refrain from judging with 21 Century standards a basically Edwardian Officer.
Marr
Richard Holmes has written an excellent Biography of Field Marshall French. The look at French's career and his ability as a Leader who was liked and trusted by the soldiers he lead is very different from the negatives surrounding his career. Most interesting is the examination and study of the impact upon all military commanders brought about by technology, the machine gun and ` heavy artillery, causing a rethinking of how to fight a war where effective killing power was so dramatically increased. Field Marshal French became the "scapegoat" for the changes that World War I brought to bear across all aspects on military thinking, planning, training, preparation and supply. Richard Holmes sheds a thoughtful and informative light upon this man and his times, challenges and the culture that supported the British Army, good or bad.
Brannylv
This book is plainly baised toward its subject, Sir John French, and is very much like an official biography. However, it does has its merits in showing that French was not the bloodthirsty, uncaring, blundering stereotype as exemplified by his more infamous contemprorary, Douglas Haig. In the book French was seen to be much depressed by the casaulties of war, and unfairly intrigued against by a whole bunch of unsavoury characters behind his back, like Kitchener, Ian Hamilton,. Haig, Robertson and other assorted incompetents who tried, only too successfully, to blame French for all that was wrong with the BEF.

We are also told of the semi mutiny of the British Army in Ireland as a result of Home Rule,though French's scamdalous private life and his many flirtings outside of marriage are not touched on.

Definitely a much better and balanced biography than the ridiculous one on Haig by John Terraine.
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