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GUEST,Steve Shaw WWI, was No-Man's Land (816* d) RE: WWI, was No-Man's Land 27 Nov 14

What both Keith A and myself have successfully refuted is the claim by such as yourself, Musket, Jim Carroll, etc, that the men of the British and Commonwealth armies in World War One were badly led throughout by incompetent fools.

You haven't refuted it because I've never said it. As ever, don't let the facts get in your way.

The British & Commonwealth Armies in general throughout the entire course of the war were well led in comparison to the armies of any other combatant power and far from that being based on "unqualified assertion" that can be proven by examination of whatever metric you would care to use to judge success.

Comparing with other armies is your game, not mine. It's also Keith's favourite tactic, finding someone worse than us so that we look good (I call it Keith's Israel Method). You're probably right that we were better led (I mean, who won the bloody war anyway?), but better led than someone else does not necessarily mean well-led all the time. Which is my point.

"Haig moving his drinks cabinet six inches closer to Berlin"

The area between the dotted red line and the solid "Hindenburg Line" shows the ground the Germans were forced to concede - bit more than six inches eh Steve?

And what's with "eh Steve" when it's at home? I have mentioned neither Haig and his cabinet nor anything about six inches in this thread. I'm guessing that you'd like me to have done. Sorry to disappoint.

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