The Embattled General: Sir Richard Turner and the First World War by William F. StewartThe Embattled General: Sir Richard Turner and the First World War by William F. Stewart

The Embattled General: Sir Richard Turner and the First World War

byWilliam F. Stewart

Hardcover | October 30, 2015

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Lieutenant-General Sir Richard Turner (1871-1961) was a capable but controversial Canadian general who played a critical role in the development of the Canadian Corps up to 1917 and contributed significantly to its success thereafter. Despite his many accomplishments (including being awarded the Victoria Cross), Turner is often portrayed as a political appointee and repeated failure - representations that ignore, minimize, or misconstrue his successes as a combat commander and head of Canadian forces in England. In The Embattled General, William Stewart reveals Turner's tactical, operational, and administrative contributions to the Canadian war effort. Uniquely, Turner held senior commands in both combat arms and administration. Stewart narrates and analyzes Turner's successes and failures in the Boer War and the First World War's battles of Ypres, Festubert, St Eloi, and the Somme. He also studies Turner's career after his transfer to command Canadian forces in England in December 1916, where Turner reformed an administration in chaos. After the war, Turner post-war played a key role in the formation of the Royal Canadian Legion. Based on exhaustive research from over 1,200 volumes of material, including many previously untouched sources, The Embattled General provides a balanced and just re-evaluation of Turner, identifying his merits as well as his flaws.
William F. Stewart is a researcher focused on the tactical, operational, and administrative aspects of Canada's participation in the First World War. He lives in Ottawa.
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Title:The Embattled General: Sir Richard Turner and the First World WarFormat:HardcoverDimensions:396 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:October 30, 2015Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0773546251

ISBN - 13:9780773546257

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"Through a balanced, chronological narrative, Stewart not only effectively relates the wartime career of his subject, but also studies the evolution of the Canadian Army in the course of the conflict." William Rawling, author of Surviving Trench Warfare and Une façon de faire la guerre