There’s an interesting piece in today’s Observer about Dan Snow finding about an ancestor – Sir Thomas D’Oyly Snow, who was apparently one of WW1’s less distinguished generals.
Basically the piece is a puff for a telly series that will come on in the lead-up to Remembrance Day this year, with several people discovering their ancestor’s WW1 stories.
The newspaper article drifts into the standard line that all the British Great War generals were donkeys – a proposition that Dan and Peter Snow called into question last year when one of their battle reconstructions showed some very successful 100 days tactics.
Was D’Oyly Snow really a total dud? Or a moderately competent chap who (like most) stood no chance of breaking out of the trench stalemate? Or will the likes of Gary Sheffield leap to his defence?
Sir Thomas doesn’t seem to be listed in the University of Birmingham “Donkey” archive.