Book review: Soldier True

Soldier True is the autobiography of Sir William Robertson, who rose to become C.I.G.S (Chief of the Imperial General Staff) during World War I. The book briefly looks at his early life and rising through the ranks, but the majority of the book is focused on World War I and Robertson’s role during it.

Books about World War I tend to focus on specific battles or the conflict as a whole, so this book was very different, with the war being a background to the struggles that Robertson faced liaising between the army and the politicians and how he had to manage both, taking political pressure off of Haig, whilst giving military advice to politicians. Much is written about Lloyd George and his distrust of the army and opposition to their Western Front plans, which eventually resulted in Robertson’s dismissal nine months before the end of the war.

The differences and distrust between the army and politicians was something I knew little about, so this was certainly an interesting read; I would certainly like to read something from the other perspective with regards to the differences between the two.

Rating (out of 5): ****

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