RUSI JournalVolume 159Issue 4members only

The British Army in the Era of Haig and Montgomery

Negative myths about the British Army's performance, especially during the Great War, obscure the reality of an institution that learned and improvised throughout both world wars

The performance of the British Army in the two world wars has been the subject of much scrutiny in both scholarly and popular history. The latter has long been dominated by the perception of an underperforming army fighting under incompetent leadership in a futile First World War, in contrast to a more successful and effective force supporting a just cause in the Second. Yet, John Buckley and Gary Sheffield argue, sound scholarly research paints a much more nuanced picture of

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