Rewriting the First World War: Lloyd George, Politics and by Andrew Suttie

By Andrew Suttie

This e-book offers an research of the tactic and behavior of operations at the Western entrance in the course of 1914-1918. It examines the British and Allied army attempt within the conflict but additionally the British major Minister's account of that attempt.

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17 In the crucial days of July–August 1914, however, Grey’s hand ‘trembled in the palsy of apprehension, unable to grip the levers and manipulate them with a firm and clear purpose’. In the ‘din’ of the Powers’ preparations for war, his appeals were ‘barely heard’. Grey prevaricated, hesitated and feebly proposed impractical diplomatic solutions. Grey first proposed that Russia and Austria ‘talk it out amongst themselves’; then suggested that Germany act as mediator with Austria, France with Russia and Russia with Serbia.

72 Hankey carefully read each chapter and made detailed notes, and while many of the remarks raised merely a question of accuracy or wording, occasionally a more serious problem arose. In these cases, he sent offending passages to the appropriate departments of state or other individuals for a second opinion and further comment. For example, chapters or sections touching on potentially sensitive foreign policy matters would be sent to the Foreign Office, and chapters on the military or naval effort would be sent to the War Office, the Admiralty or the appropriate area in the Committee of Imperial Defence (CID) Historical Section.

Asquith and Sir Edward Grey. Like them he was determined to maintain the strength of the Empire, convinced of the need for a strong navy to protect it, and aware of and determined to resist any German ambitions for dominance in Europe at the expense of Britain’s Entente partners. This was underlined in particular by his intervention in the Agadir crisis of 1911 and would be again by his eventual support for British entry into the war in August 1914. Lloyd George opens his account of the Great War by explaining how it came about.

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