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Command, Strategy And The Battle For Palestine, 1917

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This chapter examines the interchange between and within British command and grand strategy during the Palestine campaign of 1917, a significant military operation that drew off hundreds of thousands of Entente and Central alliance soldiers, one which lasted till the war's end, and one which led to the formation after the war of the modern Middle East. This examination focuses on the highest reaches of British command in 1917, exploring the relationship between senior politicians, the senior military-political liaison officer in the form of the Chief of the Imperial General Staff (CIGS) and the Palestine theatre commander. The chapter concludes by stating that that the British Prime Minister David Lloyd George and his generals did present a formidable team that ultimately won the war, and one that stands up well to comparison with the command structures and grand strategies of the other protagonists in the First World War.

Keywords: British command; Chief of the Imperial General Staff; David Lloyd George; grand strategy; Palestine campaign



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