chapter  11
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Command of the Allied General Reserve and the Fall of Robertson

THE Supreme War Council had not met since early December and a whole host of military questions begged for an urgent settlement. The permanent military representatives at Versailles continued to issue joint notes, but until the Allied leaders met and acted upon them, they were only suggestions. Meanwhile, Robertson strenuously worked behind the scenes to effect a common military policy among himself, Pétain, Haig, Foch, and Pershing. If he succeeded, he would be able to keep Versailles in its place. “The Versailles people are doubtless doing their best,” he wrote Haig, “but they cannot well help being a probable source of mischief unless we responsible people have made up our minds on all points beforehand and are in accord with the French.”1