Abstract

Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig's claim to have taken the initiative in getting General Ferdinand Foch appointed to the allied supreme command in 1918 needs re-evaluation. After a discussion of the reliability of Haig's diaries, the five elements of the traditional narrative of this crucial event are examined in turn, using both British and French archival records. All five are shown to be mis-representations. Finally, an examination of the postwar record permits a tentative explanation for the persistence of the traditional narrative.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1543-7795
Print ISSN
0899-3718
Pages
pp. 771-820
Launched on MUSE
2004-07-09
Open Access
No
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