chapter  4
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“Westerners” in the Ascendancy: The Somme Offensive

ASQUITH’S shakeup of the high command in late 1915 included the recall of Sir John French, whose political machinations, inept direction of the Battle of Loos, and constant bickering with Joffre and Kitchener had been his undoing. Sir Douglas Haig’s appointment as commander in chief of the British Expeditionary Force on December 19, along with Sir William Robertson’s selection a few days later as C.I.G.S., created one of the most formidable and important partnerships in British military history.