Command, Leadership, and Doctrine on the Great War Battlefield: The Australian, British, and Canadian Experience at the Battle of Arras, May 1917

@article{Bechthold2013CommandLA,
  title={Command, Leadership, and Doctrine on the Great War Battlefield: The Australian, British, and Canadian Experience at the Battle of Arras, May 1917},
  author={Mike Bechthold},
  journal={War \& Society},
  year={2013},
  volume={32},
  pages={116 - 137}
}
Abstract The experience on the Somme in 1916, and the unprecedented losses suffered in the attempt to break through the German defences, forced the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) to re-evaluate its attack doctrine. James Edmonds, the official historian of the British army in the Great War has stated, ‘It is not too much to claim that the foundations of the final victory on the Western Front were laid by the Somme offensive of 1916’.1 Gary Sheffield reaffirmed this view more recently: ‘The battle… 

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