Armchair generals

‘Every Englishman believes in his heart, however modestly he may conceal the conviction, that he could himself organise as large an army as Kitchener and organise it better.’ (Havelock Ellis. Essays in War-Time: Further Studies in the Task of Social Hygiene (1917).)

And a hundred years on, every Englishman still believes he could have done a better job than the Great War generals…



One Comment

  1. Rubinsteinfan
    Posted August 13, 2018 at 4:29 am | Permalink

    That’s because they could. A feature of military history, whether it be the British in the Great War, the Americans in Vietnam, the Germans at Stalingrad or whoever is that, in the absence of a coherent strategy, generals consider the solution to be the application of brute force in heavier and heavier doses.

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