Battens exploration of the british manoeuvres and exercises during the interwar period from 1902 to 1914 concentrates on the effectiveness of those events as training and education for those officers who would lead the bef to war specifically sirs john french douglas haig and james grierson among others. Futile exercise the british armys preparations for war 1902 1914 conventional wisdom has it that the british army in 1914 was utterly unprepared for the development of trench warfare from october 1914 onwards and that it took many lives and a costly learning curve for the british to come to terms with the new conditions of warfare . The british armys preparations for war 1902 1914 according to the official historian brigadier general james edmonds in every respect the expeditionary force of 1914 was incomparably the best trained best organized and best equipped british army which ever went forth to war. Futile exercise the british armys preparations for war 1902 1914 authors batten simon helion company examines the exercises and manoeuvres conducted by the british army in the years leading up to the first world war
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