Goodbye to the “Donkeys” — How the First World War British Army has been Rehabilitated since 1970

“A” Company of the 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (9th Brigade, 3rd Division) on 22 August, 1914 (Source: Wikipedia)

A lot of people coming to the professional literature of the Great War from popular histories like G.J. Meyer’s A World Undone are often surprised to discover that the narrative of “lions led by donkeys,” in which incompetent traditionalist generals led valiant men to pointless deaths against German machine guns, has been…