In the first of three projected volumes, Prete crafts a
behind-the-scenes look at Anglo-French command relations during
World War I, from the start of the conflict until 1915, when trench
warfare drastically altered the situation. Drawing on extensive
archival research, Prete argues that the British government's
primary interest lay in the defence of the empire; the small
expeditionary force sent to France was progressively enlarged
because the French, especially Commander-in-Chief Joseph Joffre,
dragged their British ally into a progressively greater
involvement. Several crises in Anglo-French command relations
derived from these competing strategic objectives. New information
gleaned from French public and private archives - including private
diaries - enlarge our understanding of key players in the allied
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