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Leading from the Front? Officers and Officership in the British Army in the two world wars
In both world wars, the officer corps of the British Army had to undergo expansion on an enormous scale to provide leadership for the mass armies of Haig and Montgomery. In 1914-18, this was an undoubted success, as large numbers of men from beyond the traditional sources of officers were commissioned and performed effectively. In 1939-45, the process was far more troubled.
In this lecture, the Western Front Association's president Professor Gary Sheffield looks at British army officers in the First and Second World Wars, makes comparisons between the two, and asks why the systems of recruiting were so different.

Aug 24, 2020 08:00 PM in London

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