Pay Now
Add this item to Cart for a combined free shipping deal
Click to enlarge photo

Listing Detail Tabs

This is the US edition of John Terraine's seminal biography of Douglas Haig.

It is a fascinating insight into the upper echelons of command in WWI. The thesis is tenable. It is superbly researched and beautifully written.

John Terraine was regarded by the late Richard Holmes as the finest First World War historian of all, and this book shows us why. As with all the greatest historians, Terraine has such a firm over-view of his subject-matter, that he can make even the most complex seem straight-forward, and this 500 page book is a surprisingly easy read.

We are taken through Haig's military career, first in Egypt and South Africa, then as an Edwardian staff officer, and in no time we are into the First World War. Initially the British were very much subordinate to the French, and had to fight battles (Loos and the Somme) on battlefields and at times not of their own choosing. Despite the numerous attempts of Lloyd-George to get rid of Haig, and when this wasn't possible to undermine and discredit him, we see him building up a vast well-equipped and trained army, confidently pressing on to victory in 1918. In showing Haig variously placating and confronting French generals and British politicians, we are given an insight into why the war proceeded as it did.

Terraine is not one to gloss over Haig's weaknesses, and in particular his faith in Chartaris, as head of intelligence, and Gough in 1917 in the Flanders Offensive. But Terraine believes that the allied victories in the summer and autumn of 1918 were among the most decisive in modern history, and were of Haig's doing. Postwar, Haig was philosophical as the newly re-elected Lloyd-George seldom missed an opportunity to vindictively belittle his achievements and to deny him public office. Haig dedicated himself to setting up the British Legion to help the soldiers who had fought for him, and their families

1963 hardback in excellent condition. No dust jacket.

Please check out my other listings; I'm happy to combine postage for any of them. Please click here to ask a question
Your question and answer privileges have been disabled.
You must log in to view questions and answers on this listing. We recommend reading questions before you make any purchases.
Please log in to view questions and answers on this listing. We recommend reading questions before you make any purchases. Available only to approved bidders. You must be an authenticated member to ask questions Find out more about becoming authenticated. Your account is in debt Your current account balance is You must credit your account to use this feature.
Firearms Licence #
By entering my licence number, I confirm I am aware of my obligations under the Arms Act.
Transaction details may be provided to police in accordance with the Terms & Conditions.
Your current account balance is Please note you will lose your question and answer privileges if your account is in debt for more than 2 weeks. Credit your account.
I confirm that I am over 18 years old.
To prevent your personal details being misused please do not put emails or phone numbers in questions. Failure to comply may result in the suspension of your account. The seller cannot add a Buy Now price once bidding has started.

Shipping options

  • nationwide post and packaging$4.50
  • Seller allows pick-ups
  • Seller location: Lower Hutt City, Wellington, NZ

Payment options

  • NZ bank deposit
  • Cash