'An Army of Brigadiers: British Brigade Commanders at the Battle of Arras 1917' by Trevor Harvey
From 03 June 2017 09:45 until 10:45
Posted by David Tattersfield
0207 118 1914
Categories: WFA national events and conferences
Brigades have been regarded as the building blocks upon which the BEF was built. At the same time, brigade commanders have been regarded by both some contemporaries, and some historians, as being responsible for little more than routine training and administration.
In this talk, Trevor Harvey will draw on his recently published study of 116 brigadier-generals whose formations played some part in the Battle of Arras.
His presentation is based on a number of case studies of individual brigadier-generals during a critical period during the Great War, the period from late in the Battle of the Somme to the end of the Battle of Arras in mid-May 1917.
From the evidence gathered, a series of threads about the responsibilities and actions that brigade commanders share have been identified. By applying these threads the case will be presented that the orthodox ‘administration and training’ interpretation of the role of brigadier-generals has been both unnecessarily narrow and unduly limited.