RUSI JournalVolume 159Issue 4members only

The British Expeditionary Force and the Great War: Wasn't There a Better Plan?

A counterfactual account of what Britain's leaders could have done prior to the Great War to prepare the country more effectively for fighting a European land war

The decision-making of Britain's political and military leaders in August 1914 has been subject to much scrutiny in the intervening century. Allan Mallinson argues vehemently that the wrong decisions were taken in the years preceding the outbreak of the conflict, and presents a counterfactual of what Britain's experience could have been had conscription been introduced or sounder preparations for a land engagement been made before 1914.

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