chapter  9
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Strain

A valid criticism of Lloyd George’s leadership during this period is that, having accepted Haig’s Flanders offensive, he immediately attempted to undermine it. To be sure, as Haig’s massive assaults made little headway, especially in October and November, it can be argued that Lloyd George was not so resolute as he should have been in trying to prevent Haig from wearing down the largest British army ever put in the field in a single theater before or since. Still, with the government promising its “whole-hearted support,” Haig deserved a fair chance.