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Victory through Coalition
Britain and France during the First World War

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  • Date Published: January 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521096294

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  • Germany's invasion of France in August 1914 represented a threat to the great power status of both Britain and France. The countries had no history of co-operation, yet the entente they had created in 1904 proceeded by trial and error, via recriminations, to win a war of unprecedented scale and ferocity. Elizabeth Greenhalgh examines the huge problem of finding a suitable command relationship in the field and in the two capitals. She details the civil-military relations on each side, the political and military relations between the two powers, the maritime and industrial collaboration that were indispensable to an industrialised war effort and the Allied prosecution of war on the western front. Although it was not until 1918 that many of the war-winning expedients were adopted, Dr Greenhalgh shows that victory was ultimately achieved because of, rather than in spite of, coalition.

    • A groundbreaking contribution to the military history of the First World War
    • A broad-ranging study of the mechanisms of coalition warfare looking at the challenges of strategy, command, logistics and supply
    • The first genuinely comparative study of the Anglo-French alliance to be based on British and French archives
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    • Date Published: January 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521096294
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 3 maps 4 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Coalition warfare and the Franco-British alliance
    2. Command 1914–15
    3. The Battle of the Somme, 1916
    4. The liaison services, 1914–16
    5. The allied response to the German submarine
    6. Command 1917
    7. The creation of the supreme war council
    8. The German offensives of 1918 and the crisis in command
    9. The allies counterattack
    10. Politics and bureaucracy of supply
    11. Coalition: a defective mechanism?

  • Author

    Elizabeth Greenhalgh, University of New South Wales, Sydney
    Elizabeth Greenhalgh is Executive Officer at the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, and the Joint Editor of War and Society.

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