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Personal logo toofatlardies Sponsoring Member of TMP writes:

Ludendorf's idea that localised tactical success in spring of 1918 would then determine the strategy was utterly insane. The German stormtroopers broke through, basically following the path of least resistance, but with no clear strategic objective. Haig never did anything that approached that level of stupidity.

Pershing's arrogance in believing that he could ignore the lessons learnt by the French and British in trench warfare, on the basis that he wouldn't have to fight a trench war as his men would shoot the Germans out of the trenches and fight them in the open was equally bonkers (if not criminally negligent). It then meant that US forces went into action with no coherent tactical doctrine, and consequently were suffering the same levels of casualties as the British had suffered on the first day of the Somme.

The Great War was a painful learning curve for all sides. The real difference between WWI and WWII was the development of pratical protable radio sets. This allowed the advancing troops to keep in contact with the supporting artillery. Without that co-ordinating WWII would have been just as painful and bloody. It seems very unfair to criticise a whole swathe of Generals when in truth the technology to allow them to really control a battle was not available to them. They made the plans, then had to sit back an see what happened. Their ability to interfere, to adjust the plan in any way, was almost entirely absent.

That said, they still managed to oversee incredible developments in the way that all arms fought. Modern infantry tactics were developed during the Great War. It was actually a period of far greater original thought and development than any war since. We are far too quick to criticise the men who were responsible for this, and too slow to recognise that the politicians who were pulling the strings were actually the men with blood on their hands.


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
Hunter Weston
18
2%
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Cadorna
87
12%
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Rennenkampf
37
5%
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Samsanov
38
5%
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Von Falkenhayn
35
5%
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Haig
82
11%
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Pershing
48
7%
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Conrad
25
3%
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Townshend
37
5%
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Ludendorff
40
6%
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Mangin
29
4%
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Nivelle
79
11%
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Hamilton
20
3%
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Frederick Stopford
36
5%
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other (explain)
14
2%
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no opinion
101
14%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

archstanton73 Inactive Member muses...

Out of a pretty uninspiring lot, who would you say was the worst of the worst during WWI?

(Poll options taken from this pre-poll discussion.)

Hunter Weston
Blooding the pups for goodness sake...
Cadorna
Repeated frontal assaults which failed and blamed everyone else..
Rennenkampf
(no comment)
Samsanov
The hearts of lions but the brains of sheep.
Von Falkenhayn
Tried to bleed the French Army dry at Verdun, and ended up bleeding his own army as well...
Haig
Not learning lessons from 1915/1916 and 3rd Ypres.
Pershing
Not learning any lessons from the French or British...
Conrad
lunatic
Townshend
The unkindest Kut of all?
Ludendorff
Lost Germany the war, fostered the myth of the 'stab in the back', can't get bigger than those two.
Mangin
Didn't get the nickname 'butcher' out of affection...
Nivelle
His 'offensive' caused unrest in the French army, leading to mutiny is some cases.
Hamilton
(no comment)
Frederick Stopford
Gallipoli