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Security and Resilience Group Department of Defence Management and Security Analysis

PhD Thesis

Academic Year 2007-8

Peter Caddick-Adams, TD, BA (Hons)


The Evolution, Use and Relevance of Battlefield Visits to the British Armed Forces
Supervisor: Professor CD Bellamy

Presented 1 November 2007

Cranfield University 2007. All rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of the copyright holder

Footsteps Across Time ABSTRACT

This study examines the educational use made by military forces around the world, but primarily those of the United Kingdom, of visits to past battlefields. Investigation suggests this practice commenced formally in Prussia and may be nearing its 200th anniversary; certainly the British Armys Staff College at Camberley has been visiting battlefields for educational purposes since at least 1885. To date, no extended

academic study of this practice has been undertaken, and no specific use of the Staff College Battlefield Tour Archive has been made in this context. An examination is

made of educational theory, by which the effectiveness and value of battlefield visiting can be measured. This study creates a typology of battlefield visiting, and thus

acknowledges a much older civilian tradition of making pilgrimages to past scenes of conflict (initially to pray for the souls of the dead), which later evolved into civilian battlefield tourism to destinations such as Waterloo and Gettysburg.

The work examines the nature of British battlefield visiting, using the Staff College Battlefield Tour Archive, in four phases: before the First World War; during the inter-war period; during the post-Second World War and Cold War periods, and at the time of writing. Throughout the study, parallels are drawn with military battlefield visits undertaken by the American and German armed forces. The conclusion is made that

battlefield visiting is a unique and valuable tool in military education that is not well managed, and that no recognition is given to its value in terms of classic education theory.


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Title ABSTRACT CONTENTS LIST OF FIGURES LIST OF MAPS LIST OF APPENDICES LIST OF OPERATION CODEWORDS GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS INTRODUCTION Aim Objectives Reasons for Undertaking the Study Absence of Literature Multi-national Practice The Tradition of Military Tourism Staff College Archives Educational Validation Need for a Battlefield Visiting Typology Doctrine, military history and battlefields

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LEARNING IN THE FIELD: THEORY AND PRACTICE The Commander Wider Education Theory and its Relevance to Battlefield Visits The Behaviourist and Cognitive Schools David Kolb Honey and Mumford Roger Greenaway Marton and Entwistle

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Footsteps Across Time Howard Gardner Lev Vygotsky and successors Military Educational Appraisals Learning Outcomes Carolyn Johnstone Walter Schumm The Higher Command and Staff Course Authors Experience Army Training Regiment, Pirbright Mike Bechtold, Canadian Battle of Normandy Foundation Conclusion TWO KEY DEFINITIONS Typology of Battlefield Visiting Tourism Pilgrimages Ancient Battlefield Commemoration Civilian Historical Tours Army Battlefield Tours Staff Rides Tactical Exercises Without Troops (TEWTs) Manoeuvres Zubers Thesis Conclusion THE EVOLUTION OF BATTLEFIELD TOURISM Experiencing military history in the pre-tourism era Waterloo and British Battlefield Tourism MacCannells Marking Process Wider Nineteenth Century Tourism and Battlefield Literature Later Nineteenth Century Understanding of History and War Case Study of Russian Battlefield Tourism Conclusion FROM CLAUSEWITZ TO COOK German Staff Training Wargaming Staff Rides Carl von Clausewitz American Staff Training British Staff Training The First Overseas Tour The Early Tours 39 44 45 47 48 52 53 55 56 56 57

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Footsteps Across Time The Post-Boer War era Henry Wilson Wully Robertson Conclusion FIVE THE SHADOW OF THE SOMME Western Front Tourism Early Guide Books The Fatal Avenue Camberley Reopens The New Battlefield Tours The Caddick-Adams Tour Further Camberley Tours OConnor and Alexander Camberley in 1928 Re-fighting Cambrai Defending Belgium Wider Tourism The Menin Gate and Pilgrimages Jack Slessor US Army Staff Rides in the Inter-war Period Conclusion THE SHADOW OF THE SWASTIKA Miles Dempsey Leigh-Mallory Ypres and Inter-War Tourism Defence Cuts The Imperial Defence College The Battlefield Tour and Staff Ride Meet Slessors New Tours Official Guidebooks Old Comrades The Somme Commemorated Langemarck Cemetery Hitler and Churchill Vimy Ridge Germany before the War Camberley before the War Wartime Tours Conclusion THE SHADOW OF MONTGOMERY BAOR Royal Engineers Tours Monty as Author 194 200 211 222

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Footsteps Across Time Dick McCreery McCreery at BAOR Richard Hull and Camberley Camberley and BAOR Tours Ops. VERITABLE, PLUNDER and VARSITY Bottlefield or Battlefield? The Normandy Tradition Op. GOODWOOD The Staff and Speakers Other Tours Alternatives to Normandy Stanley Hollis The Tour in 1972 Replacement Speakers Hans von Luck NORTHAG Tours Conclusion EIGHT OUT OF THE SHADOWS The Future of the Tour Sir John Stanier The Last Tour Nigel Bagnall A Tour to Arnhem We Really Do Miss the Tour TDRC and Battlefield Tours Ex. SEELOW STRIKE The Higher Command and Staff Course Conclusion CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS The Story Today The American and German Experience Military Periodicals British Battlefield Visiting Today Gaps in Knowledge Recommendations 363 364 366 370 373 384 386 388 392 394 397 400 413 414 417 420 422

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Full acknowledgement is given for the source of each illustration; if the author seems to lean heavily on old picture postcards to illustrate points in the text, this is for the mundane reason that their copyright has generally expired and there are consequently few restrictions on their reproduction.

Number 1.1 1.2 1.3 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 5.1 5.2

Title Diagram of Kolbs Experiential Learning Cycle Diagram of Kolbs four learning styles linked as pairs Diagram of Honey and Mumfords four Learning Styles Diagram of Melvins Staff Ride model, 2004 Diagram of the Inter-relationship of different Battlefield Visiting activities King George V at Ypres in December, 1918 French Railway poster, c.1928 Diagram interpreting Battlefield Visiting activities in terms of Participation and Historical Content The Staff Ride by Don Stivers, 1981 Diagram showing how the six Types of Battlefield Visit can be defined by their Overall Aim Diagram of the differences in Terrain Study on Battlefield Tours and Staff Rides Equation of the differing components of Staff Rides and Battlefield Tours Diagram: The Cursor Diagram of Battlefield Tour/Staff Ride Terminology Punch cartoon, c. 1890 Postcard c.1900 showing the annual German military manoeuvres Postcard of Hougoumont, 1902 Stereoscope of the Lion Mound at Waterloo Stereoscope of the Lion Mound at Waterloo (reverse) Postcard of the Lion Mound, c. 1925 The Thin Red Line by Robert Gibb German Propaganda postcard, c. 1915 Postage stamp of Carl von Clausewitz Postcard of Helmuth von Moltke (the younger) Western Maryland Rail Road advertising handbill Gettysburg Anniversary Bible Gettysburg Handbill, 1893 Postcard of the Staff College, c. 1900 Picture postcard of Sir Henry Wilson Photographic postcard of Edge Hill battlefield Picture postcard of Sir William Robertson Michelin Guides to the Battlefields, 1914-18 British soldiers at Waterloo in 1918 -vi-

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Footsteps Across Time 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 5.9 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 5.18 5.19 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 6.9 6.10 6.11 6.12 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 7.9 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 7.14 7.15 8.1 8.2 British officers at Waterloo in 1918 Lt-Col. TA Lowes Battlefield Guide Book of 1920 Postcard of Bethune Military Cemetery, c.1921 Postcard of refreshments on the battleground Postcard of Vermelles Chteau ruins Postcard of wreckage at Zeebrugge Fragment of Gommecourt Trench Map Wrecked British tank at Ypres Railway Station The same tank in May, 1940 Advertisement in Cooks Guide for 1921 Advertisement in Cooks Guide for 1921 The Menin Gate at Midnight by Will Longstaff, 1927 Handbill offering Battlefield Tours, 1928 Veterans at the Newfoundland Memorial Park Veterans and families at Vimy Ridge Booklets of battlefield postcards 75th Anniversary of Gettysburg in 1938 Postcard: ruins of Ypres Motor bus offering Battlefield Excursions, 1919 Motor bus offering Battlefield Excursions, 1919 (detail) Log road in the Somme area Belgian Railways poster, c. 1930 Cartoon From Owl Pie, 1932 Diagram: the Staff Ride and Battlefield Tour meet 1933 Le Cateau battlefield tour booklet Bolton Artillerys Tour to the Battlefields, 1933 Nazi Propaganda postcard of Hitler in the Trenches 1936 Canadian Pilgrimage to Vimy Cover of Twenty Years After magazine Giles cartoon, Himmel. Tourists! Gen. Richard McCreery BAOR and RE Battlefield Tour handbooks of 1946-7 A Camberley syndicate at Pegasus Bridge, 1949 Postcard of wrecked Sherman tank Wrecked Panther tanks at Falaise Route Club sign Syndicate discussion in Normandy, 1950 CSM Stanley Hollis, VC Map board visual aid, Normandy, 1972 Photographic visual aid, Normandy, 1976 Achtung, Dumkopf, cartoon from Owl Pie, 1972 Cabourg Tapestry, cartoons from Owl Pie, 1970 Essentials, cartoon from Owl Pie, 1972 Hans von Luck Staff College Battlefield Tour booklet, 1947-79 Chart illustrating the Growth of battlefield tours 246 247 256 257 257 258 258 259 259 278 278 282 283 284 284 285 290 309 310 310 313 313 315 319 327 331 334 339 341 357 363 367 372 380 382 383 385 401 405 406 407 409 412 418 439 454


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Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 The Invasion of Sicily, 1943 The Battle of Kniggratz, 1866 Battlefields in Southern England Battlefields of the Waterloo Campaign Crimean War battlefields Eastern Theatre of the US Civil War Franco-Prussian War battlefields Battlefields of the English Civil War Battlefields of the Western Front, 1914-18 Geology of the Somme Area Geology of the Somme area (detail) The Battle of Cambrai 1917 British Sector of the Western Front British/Canadian area of Normandy Op. VERITABLE, February 1945 Ops. PLUNDER and VARSITY, March 1945 Op. GOODWOOD battlefield in detail GOLD Beach assault on D-Day 50th Division area, 6-7 June 1944 6th Airborne Division area, June 1944 The MARKET GARDEN battlefields The Battle for Berlin, 1945 89 101 128 136 153 177 189 208 235 244 244 274 311 371 376 376 392 403 404 408 446 457


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Number Appendix One Appendix Two Appendix Three Appendix Four

Title Note from Gnral de Brigade Juin, 2000 Parties for the Battlefields 1903 (1 page) Senior Division Battlefield Tour 1909 (1 page) Senior Division, 1913. Instructions for the Visit to Foreign Battlefields (18 pages)

Appendix Five Appendix Six Appendix Seven Appendix Eight

1927. Foreign Tour during Easter Vacation (5 pages) Senior Division 1933. Foreign Tour (8 pages) Copy of Battlefield Tour Questionnaire Footprints in the Mud, article for Defence Studies Journal, Vol.5/1 (March 2005)


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Explanation Yalta Conference Salerno Invasion, Italy Operations in Ulster VIII Corps ops, Normandy US Attack South of St. Lo Falkland Islands Attack West of Caen Attack East of Caen Invasion of Sicily Dieppe Raid Arnhem Airborne Assault Suez Invasion Seine River Crossing Normandy Invasion Rhine River Crossing

Date 4-11 February 1945 9-15 Sept. 1944 1969-1997 30-31 July 1944 24 July-4 Aug. 1944 April-June 1982 26-30 June 1944 18-21 July 1944 9 July-17 Aug. 1944 19 August 1942 17-25 Sept. 1944 29 October 1956 25-28 August 1944 6 June 1944 23-25 March 1945

XXX Corps ops, Normandy 16 July 1944 Anzio-Nettuno Landing Landing French N. Africa Canadian ops to Falaise Airborne op across Rhine Clearing Rhineland 22 January 1944 8 November 1942 7-8 August 1944 24-25 March 1945 8-10 February 1945


Footsteps Across Time The rekindling of old memories combined with the gathering of fresh information on historic events translated into positive lessons from the past for the future BH Liddell Hart 1


I have tried as much as possible to avoid abbreviations and acronyms, but inevitably some have crept in, particularly during quotations and footnotes; some of these have other meanings in a military context; all those cited here relate specifically to issues discussed in this thesis. As a general rule, where numbered infantry battalions are mentioned, I have designated them thus, 1/Newfoundland Regiment or 6/Gurkha Rifles; I have followed the same practice with numbered regiments and brigades, 6/Armoured Cavalry Regiment or 6/Airlanding Brigade. Again, I have followed military custom in numbering divisions in the usual format, 43rd (Wessex) Division or 21st Panzer Division, and corps using Roman numerals, XXX Corps, whilst army numbers are spelt out in full, British Second Army.


First General Staff Officer in German formations (= Chief of Staff) First Intelligence Officer in German formations (= Chief G2 or J2) American Battle Monuments Commission Abstract Conceptualisation (Kolbs Learning Cycle) Air Chief Marshal (RAF) Armored Cavalry Regiment (US) Advanced Command and Staff Course Aide de Camp Active Experimentation (Kolbs Learning Cycle) American Expeditionary Force (WW1) Armoured Fighting Vehicle Adjutant General Army Group Royal Engineers American Historical Association Air Historical Branch Air Marshal (RAF) Australian & New Zealand Army Corps Air Officer Commanding Army Personnel Research Establishment (UK) Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (NATO) Army Staff Course (Camberley) or Army Service Corps Area Support Group (US) Army Training Regiment Air Vice Marshal (RAF) British Army of the Rhine (1919-29; 1945-94, now BFG) British Army Review magazine British Army Training Unit, Suffield (Canada) British Broadcasting Corporation Brigade British Expeditionary Force (WW1 & 2) -xi-

Footsteps Across Time BFG British Forces Germany (ex-BAOR) BGGS Brigadier-General, General Staff BM Brigade Major (i.e. Brigade Chief of Staff) Brig. Brigadier Brig-Gen. Brigadier-General BS Battlefield Studies BSR Battle Staff Ride Bt. Baronet BTA British Troops Austria BTC Battlefield Tour Collection (JSCSC Archives) Capt. Captain CAS Chief of the Air Staff or Close Air Support CAT Corporate Adventure Training (Chapter One) CB Commander of the Order of the Bath CBA Council for British Archaeology CBE Commander of the Order of the British Empire CBNF Canadian Battle of Normandy Foundation CDS Chief of Defence Staff CE Concrete Experience (Kolbs Learning Cycle) CEF Canadian Expeditionary Force CENTAG Central Army Group (NATO) CGS Chief of the General Staff CH Companion of Honour CIGS Chief of the Imperial General Staff (1908-64) C-in-C Commander in Chief CMG Commander of the Order of St Michael & St George CMH Center for Military History (US) CO Commanding Officer Col. Colonel COM Commander COMBALTAP Commander Baltic Approaches (NATO) COS Chief of Staff Cpl. Corporal CRA Commander Royal Artillery CRE Commander Royal Engineers CSM Company Sergeant Major CWGC Commonwealth War Graves Commission (from 1960) DAAG Divisional Assistant Adjutant General DCIGS Deputy Chief of the Imperial General Staff DCM Distinguished Conduct Medal DCMT Defence College of Management & Technology (UK) DCOS Deputy Chief of Staff D-Day Invasion of Normandy (6 June 1944) DG Dragoon Guards or Director General Div. Division DLI Durham Light Infantry


Footsteps Across Time DMI DMO DMT DRA DS DSACEUR DSO EBTD ELT Ex. FFI FM FOO FRCS FSA GBE GCB GDR Gen. GHQ GOC GSO1/2 HCSC HLTO HMSO HQ HRH ICSC (L) IDC IDF IPB IFOR IWGC IWM JHQ JLC JSCSC KBE KCB KCVO KCMG KCL KRRC LD LHCMA LI Director of Military Intelligence Director of Military Operations Director of Military Training Director Royal Artillery Directing Staff Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe Distinguished Service Order Experience-Based Training and Development (Chapter One) Experiential Learning Theory (Kolb) Exercise Forces Franais de lInterior Field Marshal Forward Observation Officer (from Royal Artillery regiments) Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the British Empire Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Bath German Democratic Republic (i.e. East Germany, 1949-90) General General Headquarters General Officer Commanding General Staff Officer Grade 1/2 Higher Command and Staff Course (UK, 1988-) High Level Training Objective His (Her) Majestys Stationary Office Headquarters His (Her) Royal Highness Intermediate Command and Staff Course (Land) Imperial Defence College (1927-71) Israeli Defence Forces Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield Peace Implementation Force (Bosnia 1995-6) Imperial War Graves Commission (1917-60) Imperial War Museum Joint Headquarters Joint Lessons Cell (formerly TDRC) Joint Services Command & Staff College (UK) Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath Knight Commander of the Victorian Order Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George Kings College, London (University) Kings Royal Rifle Corps Light Dragoons (UK) Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives Light Infantry


Footsteps Across Time LLD LofC LSI LST Lt. Lt-Col. Lt-Gen. Maj. Maj-Gen. MASH MBA MBE MC MD MFA&A MGC MGFA MM MOD MP MTB NAAFI NCO NORTHAG NSA NTC OBE OLE OMD Op. ORBAT PARA PLA PM POW psc Pte. QMG RA RAF RB RCDS RE Regt. REME Doctor of Laws (Legum Doctor, LL.D.) Line of Communications Learning Styles Inventory (Kolb) Landing Ship, Tank Lieutenant Lieutenant Colonel Lieutenant General Major Major General Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (US) Master of Business Administration Member of the Order of the British Empire Military Cross Doctor of Medicine Monuments, Fine Arts & Archives Branch of SHAEF Machine Gun Corps Militrgeschichtlichen Forschungsamt (Bundeswehr Military History Institute) Military Medal Ministry of Defence Member of Parliament Motor Torpedo Boat Navy, Army & Air Force Institution Non Commissioned Officer Northern Army Group (NATO) National Security Agency (US) National Training Center (California, USA) Officer of the Order of the British Empire Operational Learning Experience Outdoor Management Development Operation Order of Battle Parachute Regiment Peoples Liberation Army (of China) Prime Minister Prisoner of War Passed Staff College Private Quartermaster General Royal Artillery Royal Air Force Rifle Brigade Royal College of Defence Studies (1971-) Royal Engineers Regiment Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers


Footsteps Across Time RFC RGJ RGS RMA RMAS RMC RMCS RN RO ROTE RTR RUSI SACEUR SAS SCSI SFOR SF Sgt. SHAEF SHAPE SKC SMH SO1/2/3 Sqn Ldr SRD TDRC TEWT TOC-H TRADOC USAAF USAF USAREUR USAWC VAD VAK VC VCIGS VDK VE Day VJ Day VQMG Wg Cdr YMCA Royal Flying Corps Royal Green Jackets Royal Geographical Society Royal Military Academy Woolwich (1741-1947) Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (1947-) Royal Military College (1802-1947, latterly at Sandhurst) Royal Military College of Science (Shrivenham) Royal Navy Reflective Observation (Kolbs Learning Cycle) Review of Officer Training & Education (UK) Royal Tank Regiment Royal United Services Institution (London) Supreme Allied Commander Europe (1950-) Special Air Service Strategic and Combat Studies Institute (UK) Peace Stabilisation Force (Bosnia 1997-) Special Forces Sergeant Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (1944-5) Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (1951-) Services Kinema Corporation Society of Military History (US) Staff Officer Grade 1/2/3 Squadron Leader (RAF) Syndicate Room Discussion (at Staff College) Tactical Doctrine Retrieval Cell (now JLC) Tactical Exercise without Troops WW1 Signallers phonetic alphabet for TH - Talbot House, the soldiers refuge in Poperinghe, Belgium (= Tango Hotel today). Training and Doctrine Command (US) United States Army Air Force (until 1947) United States Air Force (1947-) US Army Europe US Air Warfare Center Voluntary Aid Detachment Visual, Auditory & Kinaesthetic (forms of learning style) Victoria Cross Vice Chief of the Imperial General Staff Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgrberfrsorge (German War Graves Commission) Victory in Europe Day (8 May 1945) Victory over Japan Day (15 August 1945) Vice Quartermaster General Wing Commander (RAF) Young Mens Christian Association


Footsteps Across Time The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there. L.P. Hartley, 1953 2

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the help and support of my wife Stefania and daughter Emmanuelle, for their unfailing help, tolerance and fortitude during long periods of my self-enforced isolation whilst writing or absence when accompanying groups to explore battlefields (and, in their eyes at least, beaches and bars) afar.

I must also tip my hat to the encouragement provided to me particularly by my Supervisor, Prof. Chris Bellamy, who through the years has - when needed - blown the whistle, summoning me Over the Top and on to the objective (to the extent that my ears are now ringing); he has proffered advice and read endless drafts, well beyond the call of duty and is a mentor I am proud to call a friend; he chaired my Thesis Committee, which also comprised Prof. Richard Holmes, who years ago was responsible (not that he knew it at the time) for my deciding to turn an interest in military history into a profession, and has along the way provided endless inspiration through his many books and television series; I am profoundly grateful to the others on my patient and incisive Thesis Committee, which also included Prof. Gary Sheffield and Dr. Laura Cleary, to whom, collectively, I owe an enormous debt. Steering me over the many months, I wish to

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Footsteps Across Time John Stanier; Gen Sir Reddy Watt; Maj-Gens. John Drewienkiewicz, John Moore-Bick, Richard Sherriff and Dave Zabecki; Brigs. David Allfrey, Ian Copeland, Charles Grant, Chris Murray, Hal Nelson, John Smails, Jim Tanner, Miles Wade and Sam Weller; Cols. Tom Bowers, Tom Giesbors, Ivar Hellberg, Peter Herrley, David Hopley, John HughesWilson, Nick Reynolds USMC, John Rouse and Angus Taverner; Oberst Hans-Joachim Krg; Lt-Cols. John Cargill, Chris Pugsley, John Starling (retd.), Thomas Ryan USMC and David Stone; Majors Peter Cotterell and Michael Dover; Hauptmann Josef Klein and Heinz Volker; Professors Martin Alexander, Ian Beckett, Brian Bond, John Buckley, Paul Cornish, AC Grayling and Huw Strachan; Drs. Philip Blood, John Bourne, Roger Cirillo, Lloyd Clark, Rob Deanwood, David Hall, Chris Hobson, Charles Kirke, Sanders Marble, Greg Pedlow; Steve Prince, Andrew Roberts, Alan Ryan, Nigel Steel, Keith Simpson MP, Jim Storr, and Simon Trew; and Diego Cancelli, Dale Clark, David Cross, James Holland, Hap Halloran, Sydney Jary MC, Dave Kenyon, Tim Loughton MP, Toby Macleod, Peter Macdonald, Patrick Mercer MP, Andy Robertshaw, Graham Ross, Mike Taylor, Avril Williams and many soldiers and academics who read drafts have passed me ammunition when my magazine was running low. Then there are the legions of older

soldiers who have since joined the great muster beyond, but who on this earth enthralled me with their tales of military life, which I am privileged to pass down to others.

This is not to forget the long-suffering staff of the Cranfield and (especially) Chris Hobson and his team at the JSCSC libraries, Shrivenham; and the staff of the Air Photo Library, Dept of Geography, University of Keele; Bastogne Historical Center; Bletchley Park; the British Library; Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge;


Footsteps Across Time Gloucestershire County Library; the Groesbeek War Museum; LHistorial de la Grande Guerre, Peronne; The Imperial War Museum; The In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres; The Joint Lessons Cell (formerly the Tactical Doctrine Retrieval Centre), Doctrine and Concepts Development Centre, UK Defence Academy; Keele University Library; La Gleize Military Museum, Belgium; Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives at Kings College, London; The Liddle Collection at the University of Leeds Brotherton Library; Le Mmorial de Caen; the Muse du Dbarquement, Arromanches; the National Archives, Kew; The National Army Museum; Poteau-44 Museum; Prince Consorts Library, Aldershot; RMAS Library; RUSI Library, London; Second World War Experience Centre, Leeds; Thiepval Visitors Centre; Thomas Cooks Archives, Peterborough; the Gloucestershire County Record Office; the Royal Warwickshire, Gloucestershire and Staffordshire Regimental Museums; whose pencils I have snapped, coffee cups I have upset inadvertently, dusty shelves I have disordered and whose photocopiers I have overheated. Organising me, like good adjutants, have been the

indispensable Steph Muir and Bella Platt, and latterly Anne Harbour.

Peter Caddick-Adams West View Cottage November 2007.

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Basil Liddell Hart, cited in Higher Command and Staff Course Records for 1988. LP Hartley, The Go-Between (London: Hamish Hamilton 1953), opening line.


Footsteps Across Time: Introduction Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it George Santayana, 1905 1

Aim. To chart the evolution of battlefield visits, in their various forms, and their influence on the British armed forces, and analyse their educational and training value, and make recommendations for their future use and development. Objectives. In pursuit of this aim, this thesis will: 1. Analyse classic education theory and its particular relevance to battlefield visits. 2. Create a typology of different types of battlefield visiting. 3. Analyse the origins, development, purpose and confluence of British military battlefield visits, in terms of pilgrimages, tourism and professional military study, from the Nineteenth Century to the present day. 4. Analyse, for comparison, the origins and development of battlefield visiting in Germany and the United States over the same period. 5. Analyse the influence of doctrine on battlefield visiting for the British, US and other armed forces since the Second World War. 6. Analyse appraisals of battlefield visits with specific relevance to the perceived value for military education and training.

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Footsteps Across Time: Introduction 7. Briefly analyse the social and technological factors which contributed to the birth and expansion of battlefield visiting. 8. Analyse the evolution of battlefield visiting before the First World War, with special relevance to the Army Staff College archives. 9. Analyse the development of battlefield visiting in the inter-war period, with special relevance to the Army Staff College archives. 10. Analyse the development of battlefield visiting after the Second World War and during the Cold War, with special relevance to the Army Staff College archives. 11. Analyse the development of battlefield visiting during the post-Cold War era, with special relevance to archives of the wider UK military establishment. 12. Relate the value and characteristics of battlefield visits as observed in the above sections, to the educational theories enunciated above. 13. Make conclusions and recommendations for the future conduct of battlefield visits and for further research.

Reasons for Undertaking This Study This thesis grew out of the authors own organised expeditions (now numbering well over 200) to battlefields in company with British and NATO soldiers in the years after the dissolution of the Warsaw Treaty Organisation in 1990.2 Since then battlefield visits have become a cornerstone in the practical preparation for military operations of most modern armies, especially in Germany (where the concept was invented and nurtured (where they are known as Schlachtfeldreisen, although sometimes the English term battlefield tour remains untranslated), in the United Kingdom (and its associated Commonwealth forces), and the United States.

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The more I read of past military endeavours, the more I realised that generations of soldiers, civilians and leaders had visited battlefields for a wide variety of purposes. There is a certain inevitability about old soldiers returning to their fields of glory, as did Napoleon3 and Wellington,4 and one might not be surprised that Patton and Montgomery had undertaken battlefield tours before they became famous, but so too did Hitler and Churchill.5 Eisenhower not only wrote a battlefield

guidebook on the First World War when a young major, but retired to live next to a battle site Gettysburg. Many monarchs and royals have strode across battle terrain, including George IV at Waterloo,6 George V and Edward VIII on the Great War Western Front, the Duke of Edinburgh in the Crimea, Alexander III at Borodino (in 1912) and Prince Charles through Isandhlwana, Rorkes Drift, Arnhem and Normandy, where he met at various times Presidents Reagan, Clinton and both Bushes, father and son. Margaret Thatcher joined a pilgrimage to Gallipoli on the

75th anniversary of the landings, and her government first subsidised British Legion pilgrimages in 1984. In the Eighteenth Century, Daniel Defoe recorded extensive Waterloo

visits to the Civil War battlegrounds of Marston Moor and Newbury.7

attracted many literary and artistic giants of the Nineteenth Century, including Walter Scott, William Wordsworth, Lord Bryon, Robert Southey, J.M.W. Turner and, later on, John Ruskin, William Thackeray, Charles Dickens, Stendhal and Victor Hugo.8 They were followed in the Twentieth Century by Jerome K. Jerome, whilst T.E. Lawrence visited Crcy, Agincourt, Rocroi, Malplaquet, Valmy and Sedan9 and F. Scott Fitzgerald and D.H. Lawrence explored the Somme. Many other public figures and writers made pilgrimages to the battlefield graves of loved ones, such as Herbert and Margot Asquith and Vera Brittain. The pacifist travel agent Thomas Cooks first

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Footsteps Across Time: Introduction overseas venture was to Waterloo; and his first American trip incorporated Gettysburg. Far from being an exclusive habit of professional and amateur soldiers, travel to battlefields was a far more extensive practice that I had first realised, and not just a reflection of wealth and leisure time in the late Twentieth and early TwentyFirst Centuries.

Absence of Literature As I started to research the practice I realised this was virgin territory, for no one had ventured into this area of enquiry before. It is common for a research thesis to include an entire chapter as a literature review, exhaustively analysing all the other relevant secondary literature, in order to demonstrate the gap in existing knowledge. In this case a literature survey is unnecessary because there is a lacuna on the military habit of visiting battlefields for education. To date, there are two books in English

(and none that I am aware of in other languages) relating to limited aspects of battlefield visiting: David W. Lloyds Battlefield Tourism: Pilgrimage and Commemoration of the Great War in Britain, Australia and Canada 1919-1939 (Oxford and New York: Berg, 1998), which deals only with civilian tourism and concentrates on one period and one conflict only; and Prof. Chris Ryans edited collection of essays, Battlefield Tourism. History, Place and Interpretation (Oxford and NJ: Elsevier Science: 2007). This latter appeared in July 2007, whilst this thesis was being completed, but deals only with the civilian and tourism aspects of battlefield tours. Ryan is a professor of tourism based in New Zealand and many of his chapters deal with tourism in the Pacific (Japan and China, for example), and selected case studies in the UK and USA. Like David Lloyd, he does not discuss

military battlefield tours at all. A single edition of Defence Studies Journal, to which

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Footsteps Across Time: Introduction the author contributed, has, however, dealt with military aspects of the subject: this was Defence Studies, Volume 5/1, March 2005, The Relevance and Role of Military History, Battlefield Tours and Staff Rides for Armed Forces in the 21st Century, edited by David Ian Hall.

Whilst memoirs may touch on past visits to battle terrain and many studies look at issues peripheral to this research, such as: military education; staff colleges; battlefield archaeology; the utility of military history; theories of leadership, command and management; tourism; or commemoration and remembrance, there is nothing recorded about the soldiers habit of visiting battlefields and military utility of battlefield tours. Specifically, I started to look at how and why the British army

visited past battlefields and what use was made of this particular resource then and now. This is the purpose of this thesis.

Multi-national Practice The Influence of Germany, America and Great Britain in fostering military battlefield visits in the past and present has ensured that many others in particular the English-speaking nations - follow their lead. But it is also a formal training

method, employed by staff colleges and military commands as far afield as Sweden, where, for example, Maj. John Howard, DSO (1912-2000), D Company commander 2/Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, who assaulted Pegasus Bridge on D-Day, recalled to Stephen Ambrose how he had got to know his contemporary and opponent Col. Hans von Luck (1911-1997), a regimental Commander in 21st Panzer Division in Normandy, when the two

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Footsteps Across Time: Introduction had been brought together as lecturers on the attack and defence of bridges by the Swedish military academy, which every year brought its cadets to Pegasus Bridge10 Tours are also undertaken by the armies of Holland; 11 Greece;12 and Libya, where Lt-Col. Ababaker Abdelhadi, agreed that this was a common study method for the Libyan Army, adding that the whole of Libya is one big battlefield.13 They are used in Egypt;14 and Chile, where Lt-Col. Ivan Babic stated that students at the Chilean Staff College first study the battlefields within Chile, from their War of Independence (1817-24) and War of the Pacific (1879-1883), but also, during overseas study tours, key battlefields in Europe, including Normandy. 15 Battlefield

visits are made by Russian army officers (and senior NCOs) who attend military guided tours of the 1941 defence of Moscow, also Petersburg and Volgograd and visit the 1812 battlefield of Borodino as part of their training, when funding permits (which usually means if they live locally and can travel at their own expense); in 2006, HQ 39/Brigade and 7/Transport Regiment RLC undertook battlefield tours to Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad), in liaison with local Russian military units;16 by the Chinese17; and Japanese , where The Department of the US Army in their Historical Summary, Financial Year 1989, noted a battlefield tour of Iwo Jima conducted jointly in the summer of 1989 by USAR/IX Corps [US Army Japan] and the History Department of the Japanese Ground Defense Force.18

Also in the Indian19 and Pakistani armed forces, where officers immediately recognise the term staff ride, which is in regular use in both their armies; formally organised staff rides visit the scene of British NW frontier campaigns within Pakistan and of more recent actions along the border with India.20 Significant exceptions

(despite their respective distinguished military histories) are Italy21, France and

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Footsteps Across Time: Introduction Switzerland22, who have shown reluctance to use military history or tours of battlefields to educate their military personnel, although there is evidence that this attitude is changing. In 2000, Gnral de Brigade F. Juin thanked this author in

writing for a leading staff ride with the words, Merci beaucoup pour vos prsentations historiques durant le Staff Ride du JHQ CENT dHeidelberg. tait trs interessantes et toujours objectives


In other words, there was no

French word or phrase to be found for the concept of a staff ride. So far, the French military has not managed to translate the term staff ride (see Appendix One).

In April 2004, the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) G3 Branch conducted a battlefield tour to the Ardennes called Ex. ARRCADE OPSSTORY. 36

participants from across the headquarters attended, assisted by Lt-Gen. (retd.) Kjeld Hillings, former C-in-C of the Danish Army and ex-NATO Commander Baltic Approaches (COMBALTAP) as guest speaker and senior mentor. Summer 2004 Journal commented: The battlefield tour was of the advance of the German Panzer Force through the Ardennes and their breakthrough through the French lines at Sedan in May 1940. From the German perspective, the battle was successful beyond expectations and marked the ascendancy of fast, mobile, manoeuvre warfare over the doctrine of positional warfare, which had predominated since the end of the First World War. As a classic example of the blending of mobility, firepower and shock action, this operation provided an ideal case study and contained valuable lessons regarding manoeuvre warfare and many principles of war. Maj. Petitjean, who works for the historical department of the French Army, also supported us to give us an impression of the French perspective of this battle 24 Elsewhere a short note appeared in HRACLS (a French Army journal) in 2003: Staff Ride Sedan 1940. Parmi ceux-ci, lintrt du voyage dhistoire militaire ralis sur la zone de la perce allemande de 1940 dans les Ardennes est souligner. Il contient lensemble des lments pour organiser une activit de ce type pour lunit ou ltatThe HQ ARRC

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Footsteps Across Time: Introduction major qui souhaiterait sinitier la pratique des Staff Ride... Il est en outr particulirement riche en enseignements tactiques et sur le commandement en opration. 25 Note that there is no attempt to translate the term staff ride here, either.

In October 2007, Arlette Gondre (proprietress of the Pegasus Bridge Caf in Normandy) related that for the first time the French army are starting to visit her establishment as part of historical and tactical exercises held in the region, with two visits in 2007, including one from the officer school at St. Cyr.26 Led by President

Yoweri Museveni, the Ugandan Army are starting to revisit the scenes of their civil war, in an effort to extract relevant military lessons.27 The Israeli Defence Forces28 are perhaps the most dynamic modern army in utilising battlefields to learn, train and prepare for present and future operations. During the Cold War, the 1967 (Six-Day), 1973 (Yom Kippur) and 1982 (Peace for Galilee) Middle East Wars were intensively studied with a view to their relevance to a possible major land war in Europe and visiting the these battlefields was seen as essential for any respectable analysis; as Professor Chris Bellamy observed, I felt I had to have a breath of real life for my book [The Future of Land Warfare] and that meant visiting the battlefields of the 1973 war.29

The Tradition of Military Tourism. I realised that todays, quite sophisticated battlefield studies owed much to the developments in military education made in the Nineteenth Century, nurtured though not exclusively by the ideas of Clausewitz and following generations of Prussians. The American Civil War also inspired an undiminished number of

soldiers, veterans, pilgrims and tourists, particularly to Gettysburg, which today

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Footsteps Across Time: Introduction records up to two million visitors annually30 a figure matched only by the D-Day beaches, where the US Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer recorded 1.8m in 2004 and 1.4m visitors in 2005 31

By the end of the Nineteenth Century, many soldiers were visiting battlefields seeking lessons, but enabled to do so by a second tradition of civilian travel and tourism. Thomas Cook may have devised packaged travel in Europe, but spawned

many imitators and as travel became easier, the numbers swelled and visitors have explored further afield; for example, New Zealand TV News reported 10,000 ANZAC visitors to the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, on ANZAC Day 2006.32 To a certain

extent Cook was also acknowledging an earlier tradition of religious travel, on pilgrimages.33 Many of those pilgrimages were to old battlefields and the shrines to fallen soldiers found there, so the tourism-battlefield wheel had come full circle.

Staff College Archives. This thesis is built around a study of battlefield tours undertaken by the Army Staff College at Camberley (and some from elsewhere) for over a century. The early Camberley records are so poor and intermittent that we simply do not know when the first College-organised (as opposed to private) tour to a battlefield took place, but it was after the Franco-Prussian War, and certainly between 1881-5; there is evidence of a Camberley-organised tour visiting the Franco-Prussian battlefields in 1885, although Camberley students and staff are known to have visited battle sites in a private capacity earlier.34 Apart from the interruption of war and two years when financial crisis intervened to cancel them, they continued, with differing emphasis and to different destinations, until terminated by one determined Commandant in 1979.

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Footsteps Across Time: Introduction Almost immediately a gap in officer education was sensed, and tours were reintroduced, albeit on a smaller scale than before. In the mean time, army reforms and the introduction of a new staff course at a higher level, also conspired to re-introduce battlefield tours to the army when examined at the operational level with great interactivity and participation, these are frequently referred to a staff rides, a term first used by the Prussians and later the Americans for their battlefield visiting and staff training activities.

It is perhaps blindingly obvious that visiting past fields of military endeavour may help todays soldiers and leaders make sense of their profession, but this was not always the case. (Money, or lack of it, was usually the reason why visits to

battlefields simply did not take place.) Battlefield excursions have had a surprisingly chequered history in the English-speaking armies. In the British army this also

reflected that institutions respect for the utility of military history and its understanding of that middle tier of the three levels of war the operational level. Until this thinking was grasped, battlefield visits were used only to covey tactical notions and a sense of the atmosphere of war, often packaged to a British army lacking combat experience as the reality of war.

It also became apparent that battlefield tours had served other purposes too. Before the First World War, they were used as a means of liaising with other allies, usually the French, because bizarrely this did not happen in any formal way. In the 1930s, they were used to secretly test war plans (what to do about Belgium in the event of a European war with Germany, for example). Before the outbreak of war in 1939, battlefield tours became exercises in planning, as officers by syndicates had to


Footsteps Across Time: Introduction devise a battlefield excursion for a notional unit that would then be tested by their peers. After the Second World War, battlefield tours appear to have had a sub-text of underlining the achievement of the British commander, Montgomery; thus long after I began this study - I found that the armys use of battlefields also reflected the evolution of staff college education and British army doctrine, making it far more significant than an interesting gallop into the past for its own sake.

Educational Validation. Apart from examining the tours themselves, which turn out to very hugely influential in terms of the future commanders who undertook them when students, I have dwelt also on educational theory. It appears that once the army had settled on battlefield touring as a good thing, no attempt was made to validate the process in a way that most other training activities today are assessed. This is clearly important and an examination in Chapter One of various theories of learning investigates the argument that outdoor battlefield touring can be a more efficient way of imparting knowledge and skills than by indoor learning. A case must be made for the

advantages of seeing the ground, otherwise all military history can be condemned to indoor study. As Geographer Peter Doyle puts it, Terrain is another weapon of war. A good commander understands his or her terrain. Why is that? Because you have got a force and terrain can multiply the effect of that force. If you, for example, have only a few men and you can site them effectively on high ground channelling troops into the intervening spacethen you are multiplying the action of that force[at Gallipoli] terrain lost the battle for the British and French and won [it] for the Turks[they] knew the landscape well and deployed effective tactics to exploit its natural advantages.35


Footsteps Across Time: Introduction Need for a Battlefield Visiting Typology. As some forms of battlefield visits today are also known as staff rides, I explore also the typology of battle terrain visits by differing audiences (I found that there were six separate traditions of visiting battlegrounds) and examine the evolution of the staff ride, a confusing term which conveys absolutely nothing to the uninitiated about the nature or purpose of the activity and probably (erroneously) engenders an unwarranted fear of horses or cycling. Consequently, the terminology has required some elaborate definitions, because there are differences - sometimes subtle - between a pilgrimage, a staff ride and a battlefield tour, which are explained in Chapter Two.

Doctrine, military history and battlefields. That doctrine and military history are linked is unequivocal, argues Oliver J. Daddow36. If doctrine can be loosely defined as the lessons of the past and present used to inform the future, then it becomes apparent that military history plays a vital rle in the doctrine-making process. history in 1997, the influence can work for good or evil. We must be sure to learn the right lessons, especially when faced with periods of rapid change socially, politically, economically, militarily and strategically.37 Staff rides can aid this process, and a good example of two armies extracting the opposite lessons from the same campaign can be found in the performance of the French and German armies in 1940, both having first studied the Western Front campaign of 1914-18 but drawn the opposite doctrinal conclusions. However, as Brig. Charles Grant observed of


Footsteps Across Time: Introduction A full discussion from the military professionals point-of-view of the relevance and utility of military history can be found in a wide-ranging collection of seven essays found in another Strategic and Combat studies Institute (SCSI) Occasional Paper, Military History into the Twenty First Century. Michael Howard observes telllingly, The lessons of history are never clear. Clio is like the Delphic oracle: it is only in retrospect, and usually too late, that we understand what she was trying to say38 Group Capt. (now Air Commodore) Peter Gray provides two useful justifications for the staff ride to present day soldiers. Whilst acknowledging that Whilst Sir

exact comparisons across the decades provide neither a blueprint for action nor precise guidance around the pitfalls to be avoided, Gray argues that the intellectual exercise of studying human endeavour on the battlefield is worth the while in its own right. 39

In other words, the arguments of the Nineteenth century Prussians - of training good officers how to think are still used today. Dr Alan Ryan of the Australian

Land Warfare Studies Centre deploys a similar battery of arguments in his working paper, Thinking Across Time: Concurrent Historical Analysis on Military Operations, concluding that the first step to learning from history is to develop greater selfawareness through formal processes of analysismilitary history is a long-term and subtle, but extremely important combat multiplier40 That, in the final analysis, is the core belief of this author: that battlefield visiting, done well, properly researched, conducted and validated, is a profound combat multiplier. .


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George Santayana, The Life of Reason, Volume One, Reason and Common Sense (New York: Charles Scribners Sons & London: Constable & Co, 1905). 2 The Warsaw Pact was established in 1955 to oppose NATO (itself established as a defensive alliance in 1949) and consisted of the Communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe: Soviet Union, Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland and Rumania. It was disbanded in July 1991. 3 Napoleon returned to Marengo on 11 May 1805, riding 50 miles and exhausting five horses. As a result, he ordered the historical section of the Dept de Guerre in Paris to revise their official account of the events of 14 June 1800. See David Chandler, Foreword to Donald Featherstone, The Battlefield Walkers Handbook (Shrewsbury: Airlife, 1998), p. 9. 4 Wellington was obliged to guide George IV around Waterloo in September 1820. See Alan Palmer, The Life and Times of George IV (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1972), p.186. 5 See Chapter Six. 6 AV Seaton, War and Thanatourism: Waterloo 1815-1914, article in the Annals of Tourism Research, Vol. 26/1 (1999), p.136. 7 See Chapter Three. 8 See Simon Bainbridge, Napoleon and English Romanticism (Cambridge: University Press 1995), especially Chapter 5 on Waterloo. 9 See Jeremy Wilson, Lawrence of Arabia: The Authorised Biography (Stroud: Sutton Publishing 1989), p.45 10 Hans von Luck, Panzer Commander (New York: Praeger, 1989), Introduction by Stephen E Ambrose, p. xvi. The author has the good fortune to undertake three staff rides in the summers of 1991-3 with the sparkling personality of Hans von Luck. 11 For example, the (Dutch language) Engineer Instruction Center journal, Genieuws, No 1 (January 2006), contained an article on a battlefield tour of Verdun. 12 Interview with Col. Theodoros Ted Antonopoulos, Greek Air Force, 19 October 1996. Conversations with Greek Army airborne and SF liaison officers at Maleme airbase, Crete, during staff rides held in July 2006 (Cranfield-Defence Academy Staff Ride) and May 2007 (HQ 145/Brigade Staff Ride), which both examined the 1941 campaign on Crete, Operation Mercury and its aftermath. 13 Interview with Lt-Col. Ababaker Abdelhadi, Libyan Army, 20 October 2005. 14 Interview 18 July 2002 with Maj. Colin Good, LD, graduate of the Egyptian Staff College, who commented that his course visited El Alamein and studied extensively the 1967 and 1973 wars with Israel. 15 Interview with Lt-Col. Ivan Babic, Chilean Army, 15 July 2006. 16 Interview with Maj. Oleg Stafeyev and Lt-Col. Dimitri Makhiev, Russian Army, at ITEC 2002 (International Defence Training, Education and Simulation Show/Conference, Lille, France, 10 April 2002). 17 Interview with Lt-Col. Jiyu (Jack) Zhang, PLA, 2 August 2006, who commented that most battlefields visited by military students related to the Chinese Civil War period. 18 Department of the US Army, Historical Summary, Financial Year 1989. 19 Interview with Col. Dewan Robin Soni, Indian Army (formerly CO of the Central Indian Horse), 18 October 2005 20 Interviews with Lt-Cols. Jamal Nasir (18 October 2005) and Sahir Mirza (25 July 2007). 21 Interview with Maj. Gianluca Proietti, Italian Army Logistic Corps, during a staff ride to Monte Cassino and Anzio, 23 September 2006, who agreed that battlefield visits were an excellent idea, but felt that the difficult twenty-year period of Italian Fascism made the study of military history a challenge, but he felt this was beginning to change. 22 The Swiss Army do not undertake battlefield visits as part of their formal training (interview with LtCol. Christian Wolf, 31 July 2006), but officers are directed to a commercial company, staffed by senior ex-military officers, that run battlefield tours all over Europe. Unfortunately, officers have to pay for their tours. See that tour companys website at 23 Interview with Gnral de Brigade F. Juin of the Mission Militaire Franaise Auprs du Commandant Des Forces Terrestres Alliees en Centre-Europe, 29 September 2000. A copy of Juins thank-you note is at Appendix One. 24 Lt Col. Timm Ahrens, SO2 G3 Co-ord, Exercise Arrcade OpsStory 2004, Exploring the German Advance Through the Ardennes May 1940, HQ ARRC Journal, Summer 2004. 25 HRACLS (French Army journal), No.3 (2003), p.13. 26 Arlette Gondre, interview 17 October 2007.


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Interview with Lt-Col. Moses Rwakitarate, Ugandan Army, 17 October 2007. Interview with Tim Kilvert-Jones, 10 April 2001, who attended an IDF staff ride around the Golan Heights in 1998. 29 Interview, Prof. Chris Bellamy 2 October 2006. 30 According to James M. McPherson in Hallowed Ground: A Walk at Gettysburg (New York, Crown Journeys 2003), p.15. My thanks to author James Holland for bringing McPhersons slim volume to my attention. 31 The 2004 figure no doubt reflects the 60th anniversary as well as interest inspired by the opening sequence of Steven Spielbergs Saving Private Ryan (1998), shot on location in the cemetery. The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) Normandy Cemetery visitor numbers are on display in the Colleville-sur-Mer Visitor Centre. The detailed figures are 1,861,179 for 2004 and 1,421,120 for 2005. 32 See,nz/view/page/423466/706374, accessed 28 January 2007. 33 See Chapter Two. 34 Maj-Gen. Sir CE Callwell, Stray Recollections (London: Edward Arnold & co 1923), p.278. 35 David Watson, Battlefield Detectives (London: Granada 2003), pp.237-8. 36 Oliver J Daddow, Facing the Future: History in the Writing of British Military Doctrine, article in Defence Studies, Vol. 2/No. 1 (Spring 2002), pp. 160-1. 37 Brig. Charles Grant, The Use of History in the Development of Contemporary Doctrine, Chapter in The Origins of Contemporary Doctrine (UK Strategic and Combat Studies Institute Occasional Paper No. 30, September 1997, pp. 7-8. 38 Group Captain Peter Gray (ed.) Military History into the Twenty First Century, SCSI Occasional Paper No. 43 (SCSI, December 2001), p. 7. 39 Ibid. 40 Alan Ryan, Thinking Across Time: Concurrent Historical Analysis on Military Operations, Land Warfare Studies Centre Working Paper No 114 (Duntroon: Land Warfare Studies Centre July 2001), p. 42.



Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice Wise travellers pause, to see the ways your fathers knew That they may aid your climb, toward tomorrows view Anon 1

CHAPTER ONE Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice

The Commander. The general halted suddenly in the dense pine woods and gestured. As his

subordinates clustered about him, the weak autumn sun played on their camouflage fatigues, pine needles crunching underneath. Here the trees grew close together, A

occasionally blocking out the sunlight, but the hillcrest offered a rewarding view.

short distance away lay a squat concrete and steel fortress, dominating the landscape, his objective. At this time of year the undergrowth mostly hid the rusting barbed wire For three days his command

entanglements that would rob his infantry of manoeuvre.

team had explored the area, using the few roads wound laboriously around the contours, plunging into ravines and twisting up the valley sides. This was never going to be easy country for an assaulting force, he knew that; but he was also aware that the forts defenders knew that also and were off their guard. The general scanned the terrain with his field glasses, and felt the heavy responsibility on his shoulders not just the lives of


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice his men, but the weight of history his family had been soldiers for generations: one had risen as high in rank as he was now. Those with him took notes, pointed cameras, also turned their binoculars on the fortress and conversed in muted tones between themselves. Daylight heightened the washed-out shades of concrete and metalwork, but it was still a formidable objective by the standards of the day, with excellent fields of fire. This fort, and those linked to it represented a huge proportion of their countrys defence budget and seemed to the casual onlooker to offer a significant deterrent, incorporating the latest military technology of the day. But thats the point; new technology is not a panacea, thundered General Meigs, Theres no silver bullet. What wins or loses is your ability to shatter the will of your opponent thats how you win wars.2

It was autumn 2002; the commander of USAREUR, the US Army in Europe, Montgomery C. Meigs, led his colleagues towards the Maginot Line bunker. They

included British, Russian and US Army officers; all were studying the May 1940 campaign of 62 years before, which gave the Germans command of France in just six weeks. As The Washington Posts Pentagon correspondent Vernon Loeb, who

accompanied the group, described it,

Meigs was leading a groupon what the Army calls a staff ride, a century-old teaching device that lets up-and-coming commanders walk historic battlefields, study the terrain and ponder the decisions taken by the great and no-so-great generals of the past3

Meigs was a student of history. He knew that, according to German propaganda, it was a new doctrine (blitzkrieg) and tactics (co-ordinated armour and air power) that punched through the forbidding terrain of the Belgian Ardennes, outflanking Frances


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice high-tech military investment in the Maginot Line4 against a German invasion. Yet

Meigs was also aware that modern historians surmise it was actually the traditional military values of leadership, determination, training and discipline that took German infantrymen through the woods and over the River Meuse, creating a break-in for the panzers to exploit. It could be argued that the French in 1940 were over-reliant on new technology: this is a combination of what Patton called the false security of the fortress and a misapplication of technology Meigs observed. 5 The four-star general was not out to learn tactics, but consider higher themes of warfare; in this case, Meigs questioned, Why does the loser learn quicker and better than the winner? Youve got to think about this, because right now the American military is the winner6 In 1940,

both sides benefited from new technology (the allies collectively possessed more and better tanks than the Wehrmacht), but the Germans, as the losers of the First World War, realised that willpower and innovative thinking would give them the edge; and so it proved. Elsewhere, with a Clausewitzian turn-of-phrase, Meigs had observed,

despite the best plans and the best training, the outcome is always subject to random factors and to error and doubt. The difference between winning and not winning lies often in the faith of the unit in their leader and in the ability to persevere through the last final push that breaks the enemys will.7

Meigs knew what he was talking about, having learned his trade in Vietnam and the 1991 First Gulf War and gained a history PhD in 1982; arguably, military leadership is in Meigs blood. His father, another Montgomery C. Meigs, died as a 24-year old

battalion commander in 1944, whilst a great-great uncle had been the Unions Quartermaster-General during the Civil War. This Meigs also used his September 2002


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice staff ride for another agenda. He was worried about the noises coming from the

Pentagon supporting Donald Rumsfelds proposals to realign US forces to rely on new precision, stealth and high-speed data technologies, at the expenses of boots (and armour) on the ground. Meigs gut feeling was that this was dangerous, citing NATOs failure to subdue the Serbs in Kosovo by airpower alone in 1999 and the inability of precision airdelivered weapons to kill senior Al Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan in December 2001. He needed to confirm, then demonstrate to others, his anxiety that Rumsfeld and the Pentagon could be behaving like the French in 1940 relying on new, silver bullet revolutions in military technology to overcome potential adversaries. Though no

Luddite he commanded a brigade of M1A1 tanks in the 1991 Desert War Meigs sensed that true military change stemmed from technology, but from leadership and creativity as well: the lessons he and his colleagues learned on their staff ride following Heinz Guderians XIX Panzer Corps through the Ardennes, in Meigs view, seemed to illustrate this perfectly.

Many claims can be made for the value of studying war on actual battlefield terrain, like General Meigs, which will be analysed in this thesis. This chapter deals

with one aspect often overlooked not an issue of content, what you learn, but of process, how you learn it. The educational benefits of using a staff-ride approach to

study and subsequent validation. This provides a framework both for understanding both how students learn and how battlefield terrain studies address those students needs.


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice Wider Education Theory and its Relevance to Battlefield Visits. There is no academic analysis of any sort that has examined and quantified the educational nature of battlefield visits. Having established that the staff ride (the precise terminology attached to the concept of exploring battlefields through professional military eyes is examined in Chapter Two) is nearing its second century of practice, it is necessary to assess from an educational point of view how effective this method of learning is, compared with other approaches available to the military.

In measuring the utility of any learning activity, it is first essential to analyse the wealth of material on the educational process in whatever specific field; this presents the most scientific (if not necessarily the most complete) measure of its utility. One method is not so much to assess the nature of the learning material presented to and absorbed by students and its relevance to their careers, but to assess the unique way that staff rides educate their participants. One of the principal proposals of this thesis (and the subject of this chapter) is that well prepared staff rides can actually present military historical and contemporary data in a form unmatched by any other teaching resources. This point, as shown in the subsequent sections and chapters, is frequently missed by those questioning or praising the value of staff rides. It is not just the content (historical or otherwise) that is under the microscope here, but the efficacy of the educational processes in a staff ride that it is vital to consider as well. It is the blend of differing educational methods in a

staff ride, like a field trip in other disciplines, which makes battlefield terrain study such a unique and valuable tool.


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice It is also fundamental to understand that learning in any context, and especially that of continuing professional development implies change. Dr Chris Kyriacou in

1998 helpfully defined learning as changes in behaviour which take place as a result of being engaged in an educational experience.8 This behaviour can be conscious or

unconscious, but suggests an ability to do something that either could not have been done before, or was done differently. This is clearly the aim with any kind of battlefield

terrain study to equip the participant with knowledge and understanding, so as to be able to manage a similar situation within his/her future career, highlighting the fact that they might have reacted differently prior to acquiring their new knowledge.

This section examines several educational theories and illustrates their particular appropriateness to staff rides. Although most educational psychology has focussed at the beginning of the human learning process, studying the way children learn and respond at primary and secondary school age, all the authors have then gone on to extend their studies to older generations and acknowledge that the same broad principles apply to adults, having been first applied and confirmed in childhood. Therefore many of the

theories examined here began as studies of primary and secondary education but (as their authors have variously acknowledged) are none the less valid when applied to adults and by extension - those undertaking studies of military history on battlefield terrain.

Having established that learning is about initiating change in an individuals approach to challenges, it is also necessary to observe that a learning theory itself has been usefully defined by Marcy Driscoll in 1984 as a set of constructs linking observed


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice changes in performance with what is thought to bring about those changes.9 Change is achieved by appealing to different learning styles, which are a students consistent way of responding to and using stimuli in the context of learning. These are consistent

throughout a students life, but refine with maturity. There are various instruments used to determine which stimuli a particular student will best respond to, and students can be categorised into various broad types of learning style. A learning style is the

students general approach towards using particular types of educational activities. It is evidenced by attitudes towards and preferences for particular activities, which vary with individuals.

For example, whilst some shine in group discussions, others prefer learning out of doors, and some prefer to devour huge quantities of directed reading. Others prefer to

contribute verbally to a discussion only when shielded by general noise, whilst some are happy to speak out when there is silence. Learning style is also evidenced by the choices students make when given a degree of control over educational methods, and by a students approach towards types of tasks assigned to them.10 In every case, learning

styles can be defined as a blend of these preferences, choices and approaches. It is then important to assess whether the staff ride meets the requirements of various learning styles.

The Behaviourist and Cognitive Schools. Educationalists assess that there are two umbrellas of learning theories, one embracing the Behaviourist School, which believes that individuals are essentially


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice passive in their learning and respond to stimuli. Thus students learn to respond in a

particular way and initially (at least) are spoon-fed data to which they learn to respond. The measuring of response rates and consequent changes in frequency is at the heart of the behaviourist understanding of education and one might reflect that it is an approach frequently adopted by military instructors towards alien subject matter: in mastering approaches and processes not normally required in civilian life, instructors sometimes encourage students to lean heavily on the behaviourist approach. It has the advantage of sometimes being quicker, but runs the risk of bypassing a deeper self-understanding of why and how.

The Cognitive School argues that people are essentially interactive and learn from each other and build on knowledge they already possess. Whereas the behaviourist might teach a student to react in a given way, cognitive theory allows that students learn by deduction, reason and self-experimentation. In terms of military history, the

behaviourist might assume that the student has no prior knowledge and instructs the learner, whilst the cognitive school tries to find some historical or military knowledge the student already possesses and encourages them to build on that - whilst observing (and learning from) the efforts of their contemporaries also.11 This cognitive approach is

summed up neatly in the words of Bruce A. Marlowe and Marilyn L. Page ...passively accumulating disconnected knowledge is not learning to learn a student has to be mentally and often physically active. A student learns when they discover their own

answers, solutions, concepts and relationships and create their own interpretations12


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice This echoes the views of Neville Bennett and Elisabeth Dunne who argue that students make sense of the input of teachers by constructing links with their prior knowledge. It is assumed that the construction of links is an active intellectual process involving the generation, checking and restructuring of ideas in the light of those already held. Construction of meaning is a continuous process13

Educational psychology has developed greatly in the last thirty years, since David Kolbs (see below), work on learning styles was first published in 197614 with many studies being carried out on student groups of all age ranges, different sizes and all disciplines, from language learning to sciences and even sport.

It can be argued that no single measurement of style ensures that a learner's needs will be met completely. It is arguably as important to assess which kind of learning Key to this must be the It is therefore

environment best meets most learners personal styles.

approach of the instructor(s), who will have their own learning style.

important to recognise that instructors, too, may be in danger of forcing (often unintentionally) their own personally favoured learning method upon their students. Therefore, the more learning styles an educational process can address, the easier the instruction will be received by the learners. Therefore it is vital that staff rides be

considered in terms of reaching the students needs (via their learning styles), not those of the instructors.15

One of the implications when discussing the importance of learning styles is the impact on instructors and their methods. Since it is now commonly accepted that

students differ in learning styles, it is important that directing staff use a variety of


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice learning activities, so that students high in a certain learning style are not necessarily forced to learn in a non-preferred way that may be unsuitable for them. Maximum

variation by staff in learning activities ensures that all participants will be taught in their preferred style for at least some of the time. However, students also need to be able to develop the ability to learn from a range of activities, and not to over-rely on their preferred learning style activities.16 Directing staff teachers - do students no favours

by consistently giving them assignments that match their preferences. Varied activities, such as those encountered throughout the staff ride process, can develop students versatility for learning. This is a strength of the UK Joint Services Command and Staff College, Watchfield, (JSCSC), and other military colleges around the world, where directing staff have themselves been students a few years previously, and understand the range of stimuli required and available. It is therefore not necessary to categorise

students by learning style, to match activities to student preferences, or to attempt to recognise which style works best, but to recognise that all military exercises require as wide a variety of activities as possible, thus catering (equally, one hopes) to all learning styles, whilst at the same time, supporting participating students to develop their own repertoire of effective approaches to learning.

It should be observed that there are two contrasting types of experiential learning, which is the core of the staff ride/battlefield tour programme. First, there is the kind of learning undertaken by students who acquire and apply knowledge, skills and feelings in an immediate and relevant setting on a past battlefield, for example. Experiential

learning thus involves a direct encounter with the phenomena being studied rather than merely thinking about the encounter, or only considering the possibility of doing


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice something about it.17 This sort of learning is sponsored by an institution (with a

battlefield study, it might be the JSCSC, or a brigade or division) and used on training programmes not just for the military, but for professions such as social workers, medical and teaching staff and on (amongst many others) business, geology, geography and archaeology university courses. The second type of experiential learning is education

that occurs as a direct participation in the dramas of life here, learning is not sponsored by some formal educational institution, but experienced by people themselves. It is

heuristic learning achieved through reflection on everyday personal and professional experience, that could be categorised as informal education, based on instinct, experience and gut reaction.

Fire fighters around the world perhaps rely more on this second type of experiential learning than from simulation in a controlled environment (the first kind). The chief fire fighter tackling the explosion at the Buncefield Oil depot, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, in 1995 observed in a June 1997 interview that it was his gut reaction from over 20 years experience that led him to know what to do, whereas a rookie just wouldnt have the range of understanding about the way flames and fire can behave.18 In a military context, this kind of learning is someones past operational

experience. This is as relevant on a staff ride, but the use of that experience needs to be controlled to allow the institutionally-sponsored experiential learning process to benefit all students equally.


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice David Kolb. A great number of different methods have been devised to explore learning styles, but a useful assessment from a staff riding point-of-view, is Kolbs Learning Style Inventory. Since 1976, David A. Kolb (born 1939) has updated regularly his thinking on learning styles, most notably in his Experiential Learning: Experience as the Source of Learning and Development of 1984.19 In it, Kolb acknowledges the early work on

experiential learning by others, for example, Kolb states that he has built on Carl Jung's assertion that learning styles result from peoples preferred ways of adapting in the world. Kolb points out that Jungs assertion that there are extraversion/introversion opposites correlates with the Active/Reflective (doing/watching) learning types of his own model.20

Nevertheless, Kolb remains an innovator in the field of learning styles and experiential learning theory and has devised both an Experiential Learning Theory (ELT), and Kolbs Learning Styles Inventory (LSI), which are both acknowledged by academics, teachers, managers and trainers as fundamental concepts in the understanding and explanation of human learning behaviour, and therefore towards helping others to learn. Kolb remains (at the time of writing) active in researching adult development, experiential learning, learning style, and institutional development in higher education. 21 His ideas remain a major influence on thinking about learning styles, and Kolb is seen as initiating a move within the education system generally to introduce the widest range of learning techniques, and has spawned a whole series of imitators and a range of theorists discussing his findings.22 Unsurprisingly many military instructors and university


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice lecturers are unaware of the impact of Kolb on education practice and are unable to recognise how uniquely well-suited staff rides are to his ideas.

Kolbs experiential learning theory sets out four distinct learning styles (or preferences), which are based on a four-stage learning cycle. In this respect Kolb's

model is particularly suitable for assessing approaches to staff rides and battlefield tours, since it offers both a way to understand different learning styles, and his interpretation of a cycle of experiential learning that applies to everyone - how we perceive and process incoming data about the outside world, that is new and can fit with already assimilated facts. Kolbs learning cycle is the key to his experiential learning theories, which have become popular with business leadership schools and MBA courses across the world.23

His model uses two bi-polar dimensions to assess learning style: doing-watching versus thinking-feeling. He argues that learning involves a continuous four-stage

process in two dimensions involving concrete experience (feeling), reflective observation (watching), abstract conceptualisation (thinking) and active experimentation (doing). (See Figure 1.1) His cycle is progressive in that concrete experiences provide a basis for reflective observation. These are assimilated and distilled into abstract concepts, Kolb also argues that

which can be actively tested in turn creating new experiences.

this cycle becomes a spiral as the experimentation phase becomes concrete experience, and the cycle recommences.24 This process of learning, he argues, can be commenced at any stage within the cycle.


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EXPERIENCE (= feeling) = CE Concrete Experience PREPARATION (= doing) = AE Active Experimentation THEORY (= thinking) = AC Abstract Conceptualisation REFLECTION (= watching) = RO Reflective Observation

Figure 1.1 Kolbs Experiential Learning Cycle of 1984 (Diagram Source: author) Kolb suggests that learning style preferences are actually the product of two pairs of variables (or separate choices), best expressed as Concrete Experience (CE), or feeling, versus Abstract Conceptualisation (AC), or thinking, and Active Experimentation (AE), or doing, versus Reflective Observation (RO), or watching.

By placing his two dimensions of feeling/thinking and doing/watching opposite each other, Kolb suggests that we cannot do both at the same time, feeling or thinking, doing or watching. However, he argues that individuals want to do both, which creates conflict, which is resolved through choice. This is an individuals reaction each time

when confronted with a new learning situation. The result of these choices is a preferred learning style, which is continually developed and refined through life. In Kolbs


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice analysis, students choose a way of grasping the experience (which defines his or her approach to it), and then finds a method of transforming the experience into something meaningful and usable. Learning style, Kolb concludes, is a product of these two

choices: in the approach to a task, a student prefers to do or watch (Kolbs grasping experience) and their emotional response to the experience is summed up by preferring to think or feel Kolbs transforming experience.25

Using Kolb to understand and validate the staff ride/battlefield tour process, it is necessary to see whether battlefield visits are suitable both for students who approach tasks and experiences by using the tangible and known qualities of their own concrete experience (CE) or who are open to new information, gained by study, thought, analysis and planning (AC). At the same time, students need to be able to emotionally transform the experience of battlefield visits into something meaningful and useful by either watching others involved in the experience and reflecting on what happens (RO) or jumping in and testing ideas for themselves (AE). It can be observed that the wide range of students at staff college, or within the officer corps of the UK field army (or, less common for staff rides and battlefield tours, even from amongst Warrant Officers and NCOs within the army) comprise those with a degree and many without, some with operational experience and some without, and students from every arm and service those from the intelligence world or technical corps, who may be thoughtful and more analytical in their approach, than their colleagues in medicine, the infantry or special forces, who may be inclined to speedy decisions and action first. Therefore, with an

acknowledged wide range of personality types, it can be suggested that the variety of activities that form part of the William Glenn Robertson model for a staff ride (see later


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice on in this Chapter)26, meet the (perhaps excessively - and uniquely) wide range of learning styles found within the military.

CE Concrete Experience


RO Reflective Observation



AE Active Experimentation


AC Abstract Conceptualisation

Figure 1.2. Kolbs four learning styles linked as pairs (Diagram source: author)

It is worth, therefore, examining Kolbs ideas in more depth to see how they may match the range of learning styles typically found within the military. (See Figure 1.2). Everyone, argues Kolb, uses all four learning styles - concrete experience (or CE), reflective observation (RO), abstract conceptualisation (AC) and active experimentation (AE) but he suggests that we all lean towards one of four learning types, (each representing the combination of two preferred styles). In staff ride/battlefield touring

terms, someone with CE can reach back to a similar crisis or operational experience; an RO is best able to draw his or her conclusions by watching the operation unfold on the


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice ground; an AC finds it easy to picture the campaign via abstract (perhaps literary or classroom) study, whilst the AE needs to put the lessons learned to the test before readily accepting the new data as valid. Kolbs terms for these four learning types are:

(a) Kolbs Diverging Learning Type, which is a blend of concrete experience and reflective observation (or CE/RO). These are feeling and watching students, able to look at things from several different perspectives. They are sensitive, preferring to

watch rather than do, and tend to gather information and use their imagination to solve problems. Kolb called this style diverging because these people perform better in

situations that require the generation of ideas brainstorming, for example. Kolb states that Divergers have broad cultural interests, are interested in people, tend to be imaginative and emotional; they prefer to work in groups, to listen with an open mind and to receive personal feedback. These types are useful on the problem-solving working

groups so often found on military operations.

(b) Kolbs Assimilating Learning Type, a mix of abstract conceptualisation and reflective observation (or AC/RO). Watchful and thoughtful, they prefer a quiet, logical approach, where ideas and concepts are more important than people; they require clear explanation rather than practical opportunity. Assimilating students excel at Less

understanding wide-ranging information and organising it a clear logical format.

focused on people, they excel in information and science-based environments. In formal learning situations, Kolb states, people with this style prefer readings, lectures, exploring analytical models, and having time to think things through. Here are types clearly with a role to play near a military operations room.


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice (c) Kolbs Converging Learning Type, which is a fusion of abstract conceptualisation/active experimentation (or AC/AE). These are students who can solve problems and use their learning to find solutions to practical issues. Preferring technical tasks, they are less concerned with people and interpersonal situations. Kolb states that they find practical uses for ideas and theories, embrace new technology, experiment with new ideas, and in a military context, would enjoy war games and simulation.










experience/active experimentation (or CE/AE). These are hands-on students, who rely on intuition (gut reaction) rather than logical analysis and prefer to take a speedy, practical, experiential approach. They are attracted to new challenges and experiences, and to carrying out plans. People with an Accommodating learning style, according to Kolb, will tend to rely on others for information than carry out their own analysis. They prefer to work in teams to complete tasks, set targets and work actively in the field, trying different ways to achieve an objective. Clearly, this type can help drive the tempo of

military operations at a pace fast enough to outwit opponents.

The identification of these different learning styles, via Kolb, is important validation for the battlefield visiting process, because in educational terms, students who have a clear learning style preference, will tend to learn more effectively if the learning process is orientated towards to their preference. For example, those who exhibit the

Assimilating learning style will not be comfortable being thrown in at the deep end without notes and instructions. People who identify with an Accommodating learning style are likely to become frustrated if given huge amounts of directed reading, preferring


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice to get hands on experience in the field, as soon as possible. Kolb suggests that most people exhibit clear, strong preferences for one of these four learning styles, and the ability to use or switch between alternate styles is not a facility commonly encountered.

However, it might be objected that Kolbs model (and those that it inspired) are about learning rather than about development. Kolb himself admits this and also has an experiential learning theory of development.27 For example, Kolbs cycle may not work in the CE-RO-AE-AC sequence for everyone, whilst some phases may be jumped or bypassed. Nevertheless, Kolb initiated major thinking about learning styles over the last 25 years (some of which are explored below), throughout the English speaking world and beyond, awareness of which for the purposes of staff rides as already observed may easily have bypassed all but the most recently trained military instructors and university lecturers. Educationalists have responded to Kolb by advocating that teachers, lecturers and instructors should recognise that there are several different learning styles and make use of a wider variety of teaching techniques. For example, in presenting a single topic (say, a particular battle in history), the use of a mixture of small discussion groups, problem solving tasks, group and/or individual presentations, visual aids, project work and role play. Whilst these can all with effort be undertaken indoors, such a variety of educational tools lend themselves naturally to the al fresco setting of a battlefield.

Honey and Mumford. Others, including Peter Honey and Alan Mumford, have developed alternative learning style theories, but using Kolbs basic learning cycle model.28 (See Figure 1.3) In 1982, Honey and Mumford developed a Learning Style Questionnaire (still being


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice refined and issued today), which enabled individuals to place themselves (or others) in four stages of learning and four types of learning style, which are inter-related and interdependent.29 Their Stage One is Having the Experience in which Activists, who are hands-on, here-and-now, gregarious individuals, but are inclined to boredom with longterm project implementation, seek challenge and immediate experience. Their Stage

Two is Reviewing the Experience, where Reflectors stand back, gather data, are thoughtful, ponder and analyse, and delay reaching conclusions. In Stage Three of the Honey and Mumford model, Concluding from the Experience, Theorists think things through in logical steps, assimilate diverse facts into coherent theories, and are rationally objective. Finally, in Stage Four, Planning the next Steps, the Pragmatists who are

practical, down-to-earth, bored with long discussions and enjoy problem solving and quick decision-making, seek and try out new ideas. The Honey and Mumford stages and styles correspond closely to Kolbs learning styles: their Activist corresponds to Kolbs Accommodating style; their Reflector equals Kolbs Diverging style; their Theorist equates to Kolbs Assimilating style; their Pragmatist parallels Kolbs Converging trait.


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Having the Experience (= Activists)

Planning the Next Steps (= Pragmatists)

Reviewing the Experience (= Reflectors)

Concluding from the Experience (= Theorists)

Figure 1.3. Honey and Mumfords four Learning Styles (Diagram source: author)

Roger Greenaway. Another way of assessing the educational validity of staff riding is to study an equivalent experience of civilian managers. Dr. Roger Greenaway of the University of

Lancaster, Centre for the Study of Management Learning has analysed residential development training courses at the Brathay Hall Trust (1988-9) in Cumbria. He defines development training as a form of experiential learning which is intensified by the use of challenging activities, which, arguably, may have a civilian equivalence to a staff ride. This kind of course is extremely common in the United Kingdom and United States, but rarely assessed from an academic and educational point-of-view. Such courses are also known as outdoor management development, experience-based training and development or corporate adventure training, all inevitably abbreviated to OMD, EBTD and CAT.30


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice Greenaways purpose was to discover the variety of learning and development experiences valued by course students, while also looking for patterns common to all (or most) of these experiences.31 Greenaway found that significant development is not Students asserted that key learning

necessarily accompanied by emotional turbulence.

experiences tended to happen more by accident than by design, that powerful learning experiences seemed to result from a positive attitude towards learning, when there were high levels of involvement and responsibility, a varied and eventful programme, and strong group support for risk taking. 32 Much of this wider education theory is echoed by the military staff ride process, but the comment that key learning happened by accident rather than design is a powerful reminder that every aspect of a staff ride (as with all education) needs careful stage management, and discussions require moderation by instructors, to ensure that appropriate lessons emerge.

The participants main observations were that, even if re-learning an old lesson, they felt better for it - refreshed, rekindled, reaffirmed because of the environment and context. That being part of a successful team, and appreciating the value of

giving/receiving support was hugely important. The freedom to learn, in an environment where there were few barriers and in which creativity and risk-taking was supported, was vital. That the satisfaction of personal success (typically overcoming a personal fear, or leading/managing the group), broadening of horizons, doing new activities, experiencing a new learning culture and new learning was all valued. Students asserted that learning how to recover from a bad experience was important and led some to vow not to subject others to a similar experience. The importance of learning from feedback from others in the group (whether positive or negative) was reaffirmed. There was sometimes a sense


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice that a learning experience had been valuable, but individuals were sometimes not sure what to make of it. Finally, there was a sense of learning how to learn again and

working out how to improve one's own approach to learning.33

The observation that creativity and risk-taking was encouraged again underlines the advantage of the staff ride approach, which is that students can (and will) make mistakes, but no one will die as a result. The sense that a learning experience was

important, but un-interpreted surely points to the inability of the Brathay staff to supervise learning outcomes. Both staff rides and the Brathay approach arguably succeed in their aims of bringing new lessons to senior managers (or leaders) because of their use of different learning styles (evidenced by the varied and eventful programme feedback comment at Brathay) to appeal to the entire range of learning types, as identified by Kolb.

Marton and Entwistle. Other learning styles have been summarised as see it, hear it, do it and are now formalised as visual, auditory and kinaesthetic (VAK) forms of learning style, whilst Ference Marton and Noel Entwistle in 1987 advocated three tiers of learning approaches Deep, Surface and Strategic. Students exhibiting a deep approach to, say,

understanding a battle, Marton and Entwistle might argue, are trying to understand for themselves and utilise evidence and logic in grappling with the topic to the fullest extent. Learners who adopt a surface approach whilst on a battlefield are more interested in picking up some elements only of the subject, sufficient for their short term needs, and deploy limited or minimal effort. A student who adopts a strategic approach on a staff ride focuses attention on those aspects which will gain the maximum impact, assessment


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice or grade. Each approach is epitomised by an intention or process which leads to a

qualitatively different outcome: the intention to understand for oneself (deep); the intention to apply only limited effort (surface); the intention to do well by highly organised study and effort (strategic).34 It is easy to envisage individuals possessing

these three differing traits on a staff ride and the author regularly encounters all three types on the same tour.

Howard Gardner. In 1983 Howard Earl Gardner (born 1943) identified eight learning styles or intelligences: musical, kinaesthetic, mathematical-logical, visual-spatial, linguistic, interpersonal, intrapersonal and naturalist. It is worth exploring Gardners influential

theory35 further, as an alternative or supplemental approach to Kolbs learning style preferences. Music is an underrated learning tool, and Gardner argues that it is

important to incorporate music into learning.36 Musical intelligence is wider than music, encompassing an aptitude for rhythm and patterns of sound. Some individuals have a

superb natural ability to be creative with any rhyme, rhythm or sound. Gardner observes there are some cultures (in Africa, for example) where this intelligence is more prominent than elsewhere. Learning styles appealing to musical intelligence may incorporate any

of the following skills: vocal, composing, instrumental, or listening. He comments that everyone has at least some musical intellect and music can be a powerful tool in enhancing learning and memory. Even sound effects (such as gunshots, horses hoofs,

tracked vehicle movement or shelling, for example), military music and audio broadcasts of reminiscences used on a staff ride would fall into this category.


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice With kinaesthetic intelligence, some people find that they are able to learn extremely well when they are involved in physical activity rather than sitting still. Gardener defines the core components of kinaesthetic intelligence as the ability to use ones body in highly differentiated and skilled ways, where mental ability is used to coordinate bodily movement. This can be for expressive, as well as goal-directed purposes and involves fine motor movements (of fingers, for example) or whole body movement thus encompassing surgeons and football players. Individuals with strong kinaesthetic

skills fall into two categories: athletic skill or physical dexterity, thus this encompasses a range of abilities, from dancing or acting, to surgery, sculpture or vehicle maintenance. This author would observe that, certainly from experience of battlefield visits with civilian and military personnel, that the military incorporates a higher-than-average number of those with kinaesthetic intelligence and that the outdoor phase of a staff ride appeals to this type. This is as true for the guide/leader/instructor as it is for the

student/participant. There is an element of performance in the more accomplished tour leaders that put them in a category above mere guides reciting information.

Some individuals, says Gardner, are able to learn anything using their logical mathematical intelligence. They are able to calculate and work out relationships and

connections, and enjoy mental challenges, seeking out solutions to logical, abstract and mathematical problems and have good deductive reasoning skills. Alternatively, they

may simply excel at games involving skill and strategy such as chess or computer games. Gardner defines logical-mathematical intelligence as the ability to appreciate and calculate the effect of actions upon objects or ideas and the relationships among them. Those so equipped can apply deductive reasoning skills to provide solutions and


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice overcome complex mathematical and logical challenges, as well as solving critical and creative problems. By the very act of investigation and analysis, they can dive beneath the surface of an issue, and avoid taking it at face value. Logisticians and intelligence

experts (particularly), who conform to this type, constantly amaze this author by their ability in the field to make connections in the context of a past campaign, that this author had not foreseen or appreciated.37

Those with visual-spatial intelligence, states Gardner, can visualise things with great accuracy; they can think three-dimensionally and can turn ideas into a working visual model, which they can adapt and modify as required. These individuals have an amazing ability to mentally map new territory, giving them a strong sense of where they are positioned in relation to the world around them. They are highly likely to be good at arts and crafts, including design work. There is an obvious aptitude for architectural

design, map-reading, and an ability to conjure up an image of the landscape from the information on a map. processing information. They find flowcharts and diagrams very helpful ways of In military terms, those with spatial awareness excel at

navigation, strategic eye-hand co-ordination to construct, arrange, decorate, design or camouflage things. They can also better than most picture a piece of terrain as it might have looked in the past, given appropriate visual tools (photographs, artefacts, memoirs) to do so. approach. In the authors experience, military personnel respond unusually well to this

Individuals who have made communication an art are equipped with linguistic skills; they have the ability to write and or talk fluently, utilising a broad vocabulary to


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice express the precise meaning of what they wish to convey, and some can speak with changing intonations and rhythms of sound to express feelings and promote memory. Gardners definition of linguistic intelligence incorporates a sensitivity to the meaning of words, the order among words, sounds, rhythms, inflections, different functions of language, phonology, syntax and grammar. This in turn promotes a strong ability to

recall information, which benefits writers, journalists, actors, lawyers and advocates, politicians and salesmen and military leaders.

Interpersonal intelligence encompasses those able to establish rapport with others quickly and easily, making them feel at ease, and those able to read other peoples reactions and empathise. Gardners view is that the ability to communicate in this way is a vital human intelligence, so everyone is already equipped with the skills to perform this supporting a relative or colleague, teaching or parenthood. He defines this skill as the ability to recognise distinctions between other people, to know their faces and voices; to react appropriately to their needs, to understand their motives, feelings and moods and to appreciate such perspectives with sensitivity and empathy. Whilst common enough for teachers, instructors and medical carers, this is an intelligence occasionally lost by (or absent from) instructors on battlefields!

Intrapersonal skills mean the ability to reflect and monitor ones own progress, thoughts and feelings, strengths and weaknesses. Those few who do posses

intrapersonal intelligence, argues Gardner, have often acquired it for themselves by taking an active interest in their ability to control their own destiny. His definition is

sensitivity to ones own feelings, wants and fears, personal histories, and an awareness of


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice strengths and weaknesses, plans and goals. Garner observes that those so equipped are able to recognise and change behaviours and weaknesses, resulting in rapid development and goal orientated achievements.

Gardners final intelligence, naturalist, is the ability to recognise and classify artefacts and cultural icons. Gardner identified Charles Darwin (1809-1882) as a prime example of naturalist intelligence, which enables human beings to recognise and categorise features of the environment. It is also the ability to discriminate among living things (plants, animals) and sensitivity to other features of the natural world (clouds, rock configurations). This ability was clearly of value in the evolutionary past as hunters, He

gatherers, and farmers; it continues to be central in such roles as botanist or chef.

states that people with a preference for naturalist intelligence appreciate animals, fishing, gardening, investigating nature and need access to nature. It might also categorise those in the intelligence world who are good at equipment identification and, through the understanding and analysis of doctrine and tactics, appreciate enemy strategy. Gardners approach is that there are many human intelligences, common to all cultures, each with its own pattern of development and brain activity, and each different in kind from the others. He believes that the recognition, fostering and education of these multiple

intelligences are the key to successful learning.

One of the attractions of Gardners approach is his suggestion that the intelligences are equally important and that they are rarely present in isolation. This

means that students possess a blend of some/all of Gardners intelligences, though one is likely to be dominant. He argues that his eight intelligences are all required when facing


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice problems or acquiring skills: for example, a successful violinist requires bodilykinaesthetic dexterity, and the interpersonal skills of relating to an audience and, in a different way, choosing a manager

Similarly, staff rides involving a range of tasks

and assessment techniques (for example, role play, mini lecturettes, map work, problem solving, use of diagrams, visual aids, demonstration of artefacts) in and out of doors can enable leaders to appeal to the widest possible range of students and learners to show how they engage in a task, what they know, understand and can do, in other words how they learn.39

This reinforces the lessons implied by Kolb, that multiple learning techniques are required to satisfy the multiple learning styles of an average cohort of students, and overcomes the objections that Kolb overlooks development and focuses primarily on education. The multi-cultural objectivity of Gardiner is perhaps especially relevant in

the field of multi-national and coalition military operations.

Lev Vygotsky and successors. Many of the theories examined in this chapter relate to the individual and the way he/she learns.40 Several theorists have observed that the value of education is greatly

increased with social interaction. It was the pioneering work of the Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky (1894-1934) that underlined the benefits of social interaction in education, via two works posthumously translated in to English in 1962 and 1978. Deploying his concept of a zone of proximal development Vygotsky identified a gap between what an individual can do alone and unaided and what can be achieved with the help of more knowledgeable others. Writing of children but, he suggested, equally applicable to


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice adults, Vygotsky observed what a child can do today in co-operation, tomorrow he will be able to do on his own41 This rings true with the particular nature of group study on a battlefield, where it is actually often difficult to remain on ones own to assess and contemplate the terrain and solve command challenges, there being a natural inclination to split into small groups when considering new terrain, where several pairs of eyes are better than one pair. In a later translation (1978), Vygotsky also observed that learning awakens a variety of internal developmental processes that are able to operate only when the child is interacting with people in his environment and in co-operation with his peers42 Vygotskys rediscovery - via his translations into English - influenced a

generation of educational psychologists, particularly Jerome Bruner (born 1915), who observed in 1986 that learning is a communal activity, a sharing between those who have the same sense of belonging to the same culture.43 This would suggest that learning

within a community that embraced a common culture (the British Army, for example) was easier for the whole group, than for loners, and less challenging when that community embraced the same common culture - rather than, say, a disparate group of civilians thrown together on a battlefield tour.

Military Educational Appraisals. Amongst those cautious in their praise of staff rides, objective criticism has been voiced by Professor Eugenia C. Kiesling of the US Military Academy, West Point, (writing in 2001)44, who argued that there was an inevitable clash between the desire to discover what actually happened on a battlefield and the need to teach contemporary lessons. She suggests that, for military purposes, in pursuance of the latter historical

details (are) dismissed as trees obscuring the forest.45 She (rightly) observes that staff


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice rides have not had a continuous presence in US military education nor have they had in the United Kingdom - (the reason in both cases for their presence or absence is either financial or global conflict) and therefore muses, given their relatively minor historical pedigree, why do staff rides have their modern reputation as the consummate tool for educating serving officers?46 Her comments were pertinent, but she completely overlooks the educational process that staff rides represent; the clash that Keisling identified is different from, but presents a parallel with, the content/method dichotomy identified in the previous section.

On the other hand, one of the most active proponents of staff riding within the US military community, Professor William Glenn Robertson, at the US Army Center of Military History, has described the carefully designed and intelligently executed staff ride as one of the most powerful instruments available for the professional development of US Army leaders.47 Although Robertson hints at it, both professors in fact overlook the educational practice present in well structured staff rides and instead simply debate the issue of content. Similarly, a UK LAND Command paper on battlefield tours from 2004 observed, Battlefield tours have arguably a major impact on the intellectual training and morale of our future leaders at all levels, and by extension our military capability48 whilst the battlefield studies policy guide (most recently of 2005) merely states Battlefield Studies (BS) is [sic] a proven and highly effective tool to reinforce all 3 elements of Fighting Power, taking account of specific environmental circumstances. It [sic] confirms commanders understanding of doctrine; allows deductive logic to be used to retrospectively examine decisions; and broadens the military experience of those participating.49


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There are no references to any educational theory, value, practice or validation, in either document and the papers concerned concentrate solely on procedure and content, without explaining why such studies are a proven and highly effective tool.

Learning Outcomes. As William Glenn Robertson, author of the seminal US training publication, The Staff Ride (1987),

has identified, it can be argued that staff rides have specific, but

varied, learning outcomes. These may include studying leadership in battle, to equip a new generation of military leaders with a sense of decision-making in a complex emergency. Another learning outcome may be to give a sense of time, space and terrain to the business of staff planning, as in Clausewitzs day, so that carefully studied classroom technique can be given a realistic dose of poor weather and logistics chaos. It may be that a better understanding of the challenges of tri-service, multi-agency or multinational operations is required, and replicated, with real players on a real battlefield. These are learning outcomes, which it is essential to identify before any kind of staff ride commences. For example, in 2006, the British Army Training Regiments at Winchester, Lichfield, Pirbright, and Bassingbourne and the Apprentice College at Harrogate all took their recruits on battlefield study tours to Ypres and Dunkirk with very clear learning objectives, which included (a) a sense of values and standards; (b) an understanding of selfless commitment; (c) the Law of Armed Conflict; (d) morality in war; (d) an understanding of current-day soldiering. These objectives were outlined in pre-tour

briefings and reinforced by best books which the participants had to write after the


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice tour.51 At a different level, in May 2003, the five stated High Level Training Objectives (HLTOs) of the Higher Command and Staff Course (HCSC), including the staff ride phase, were (1) Revitalization of Professional Interest; (2) Development of the Ability to Identify and Focus on Key Issues; (3) Gain a Common Understanding of the Approach to the Employment of Military Force at the Higher Levels; (4) Gain a Practical Understanding of the Characteristics of Maritime, Land and Air Environments at the Operational Level; (5) Gain an Understanding of the Nature of High Command; with an End-State Objective, To Have Developed a Mind that is Able to Analyze Complex Issues of a Joint and Combined Nature from First Principles in order to make Timely Decisions at the Higher Level of Influence and Command.52

Carolyn Johnstone. A different area that can be used to validate the staff ride concept is the work of Maj. Carolyn Johnstone on Syndicate Room Discussions (SRDs) at the Staff College, Camberley. In 1996 Johnstone studied this specific form of educational technique She focussed on the behaviour and roles of both tutors and

developed at Camberley.53

students, and considered the institutional and societal context in which these discussions were carried out. She analysed the effectiveness of this peculiar and very specific

teaching method, in terms of achieving the learning objectives set and meeting the needs of the students, whose staff college year amounted to a professional development course. Using archival material, Johnstone compared modern discussions with those of earlier courses and the reasons for curricular changes. Her work is important and relevant to the subject of this authors study, for the British Armys most important battlefield visits (whether they are staff rides or battlefield tours is discussed in later chapters) are


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice launched from the staff college, and to a certain extent, the tradition and spirit of the syndicate room discussion travels with students, their directing staff and academic experts on these overseas tours, too, although the syndicates tend to grow in size. In

conjunction with a TV documentary about the Staff College, the BBCs Listener magazine explained in 1980, every student belongs to a discussion group of tenchaired by a colonel and [including] at least one foreign student. The aim is for the students to learn by bouncing their ideas and experiences off one another.54

The learning objectives then in force (1996) for SRDs included the following: (a) to enable students to put forward new ideas or to express any strong views they may hold; (b) to ensure that officers benefit from each others experience. The breadth of experience in a syndicate is extensive, particularly as officers of other services and of overseas armed forces can give their opinions and explain their methods; (c) to practise students in speaking clearly and convincingly in committee; in presenting a case and arguing it with others; in obeying the rules of argument and clear thinking and, when appointed by the DS [directing staff], in taking the chair at a meeting55 It might be observed that these are all valid learning outcomes (if somewhat incidental) for a battlefield visit.

Johnstone concludes that, despite some weaknesses,

it is clear that SRDs could be seen as an ideal vehicle for professional development. By exposing people to others in their profession and allowing them time to explore ideas, feelings of trust and shared values are developed and recognised by individualsFormally arranged discussions can also assist students in developing skills as self-directed learners, which can be transferred easily to place of workthe students have to apply their expertise in diverse circumstances and the learning environment should reflect the fact that clear-cut answers are not always available: teaching through group discussions is appropriate in such circumstances as it permits students to explore ideas lacking in clarity, without imposing on the staff the need to produce solutionsstudents


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice were more than capable of sustaining discussions on relevant topics, and were sometimes more expert than the staff member in particular areas. The Directing Staff are very close in age to the students and share their professional values and the discussions could be a powerful vehicle for developing the military profession56 This is important analysis, since the early (phase one) part of a staff ride should involve (for staff college at least) this type of learning discussion, in preparation for the field study phase. One can then make a case for these discussions to continue on and off the battlefield for the rest of the staff ride, directed (moderated) in the same way, by directing staff. However, amongst the weaknesses of SRDs, Johnstone found that

at the level of the individual learner, SRDs offered few opportunities for learners to develop their learning strategies; discussions were too tightly structured and controlled for students to experiment in this area. The individual contributions to discussions by students were not received in an encouraging manner and particularly for students from overseas this resulted in silence or in very safe contributions being made. The constraints on the time available and topics permitted in the discussion periods also limit the effectiveness of SRDs at the group level. Such constraints are incompatible with the need for professionals to develop abilities to work autonomously and with the diverse nature of their future tasks 57 These weaknesses are also evident on battlefield visits, where some students are clearly reluctant to share ideas with the rest of the group. As Robertson58 observed, the larger the student-staff ratio, the more the quality of learning and interaction declines. It is this authors experience that with larger groups operating around single instructors on battlefield visits, participation is often dominated by a few, whilst in a typical group of thirty (three times the number of a syndicate), some students remain on the fringes throughout and do not contribute at all, unless prompted. It should be recognised also, that time, as in the classroom (and for prior research) is also a constraint.


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice Clearly there is a balance to be struck between tightly directed discussion and free expression of thought. On a staff ride, totally free expression (and choice of topic) may result in some vital lessons being lost, and, as Robertson and Brig. Melvin59 imply, the best staff rides and battlefield tours are carefully and intimately stage managed, but do not appear so. Therefore, this author would have trouble in accepting one of Johnstones recommendations, that

in direct contrast to the 1947 advice of the Department of the Scientific Advisor to the Army Council, we recommend that the system of issuing students with questions to answer in preparation for Syndicate Room Discussions and giving Directing Staff notes on ideal solutions be discontinued. Instead, each group should determine the areas of most relevance and interest to them and structure their discussions accordingly60 Clearly, Johnstone is assessing syndicate room discussions, which are not staff rides. However, both could be (and have been) undertaken by the same cohort of This author has found the issue of pre-

students, so the parallel is worth pursuing.

determined questions to be discussed at various stands or viewpoints enormously beneficial. It ensures a lack of repetition, and determines in advance that all relevant On a staff ride, the ideal solution is, of course, the

themes and topics are debated.61

actual events that unfolded. So there is benefit in hauling such a known quantity as the syndicate room discussion onto the battlefield, and continuing the debate, accompanied by directing staff, on the ground.

There has been precious little observation and assessment of student behaviour on staff rides to validate these educational theories, but it can be observed that the al fresco setting of battlefield terrain study (in good weather) naturally and easily harnesses more


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice aspects of these theories than the classroom. All is possible indoors, but it is more

cumbersome and time consuming to organise, and to a certain extent removes the experiential discovery element that walking the terrain brings.

Walter Schumm. Amongst the limited military educational validations of the staff ride concept is that of Brigadier (and PhD) Walter Schumm of the Missouri Army Reserve who in 2003 observed 42 personnel of his command undertake a beyond-the-classroom staff ride to a US Civil War battlefield site. The participants included one-third officers and two thirds enlisted personnel, some with previous staff ride experience, but there were few differences between officers and enlisted personnel in terms of the outcomes evaluated. Responding to a two-page evaluation form, nearly all (93 percent) reported a desire to participate in another ride, whilst 88 percent said the event was very or mostly interesting. 38 percent reported an increase in interest of Civil War history whilst none reported a decline. All personnel agreed with the concept of an all-ranks staff ride.

Participants with some previous staff ride experience (1-2 rides) reported learning most, whereas those with no previous experience or many previous rides (5+) reported learning less (the choices in answer to the question How much did you learn? were, almost nothing, a little bit, a good deal or a tremendous amount).62 The range of responses here may well indicate Gardners multiple intelligences and other learning styles in operation; whilst the limited rise in interest of Civil War history may reflect Maton and Entwistles deep, surface and strategic learning styles at work. The (perhaps surprising) fact that

those with prior experience of a staff ride learned most would seem to validate constructivist theories of Marlowe and Page and Bennett and Dunne63, that learning is


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice about constructing links with prior knowledge, checking and restructuring ideas in the light of those already held and arriving at ones own subsequent interpretations.64 One

can understand that knowledge of how to make these links might be stronger after previous experience of a staff ride, but the interest and novelty would tail off after experience of multiple rides.

The Higher Command and Staff Course. The UK Higher Command and Staff Course (HCSC) validate each years course, including the staff ride phase, by means of student questionnaire. The important

difference here is that the staff ride phase (described as a core element of the course) comes at the end of the whole course, thus building on the other six phases,65 in the manner, once again, of the constructivist theories of Marlowe and Page and Bennett and Dunne.66 One comment from HCSC 03 particularly emphasised this constructivism: it [the staff ride] is an essential part of drawing the threads of the course together, more valuable than the Theatre War Game67 Given that the whole course is a blend of lectures, discussions, role play, war-gaming, writing a research paper and travel (in other words, already appealing to a wide variety of learning styles and intelligences), each year since the inception of the 15-week residential course in 1986, the highest scores by a long margin have always been for the staff ride phase. For example, the Staff Ride was judged by 75 percent of students on HCSC 03 to have achieved its objectives very well. The next highest score on the same course was for the Crisis Response and Peace Support Operations phase, which achieved a very well score of 52 percent, whilst the Theatre War-game achieved a very well score of just twelve percent.68


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice HCSC 2001 highlighted the success of the mix of teaching methods and in particular the value of Campaign Case Studies and the Staff Ride, which were considered extremely valuable tools.69 All but one (96 percent) of HCSC 2002 felt that the staff ride had achieved its objectives well or very well.70 HSCS 03 felt the staff ride one of the highlights of the course, meeting its objectives very well (75 percent) and well (25 percent).71 HSCS 04 were more divided at 38 percent (very well), 54 percent (well) and eight percent (satisfactory), but most still considered the staff ride the cream on the cake and an essential part of the course it would be considerably lessened without it72. Yet, clearly demonstrating that learning styles and intelligences

are different, the only dissenting voice (that of an airman) on the staff ride phase for HCSC 04 recorded,

enjoyable, but on balance not the value I hoped forI am not convinced by the Staff Ride as currently formed. There is huge benefit from the Course mixing away from Shrivenham but the contemporary value of a range of historical battles, whilst interesting, is marginal73 Perhaps the student was exhibiting traits of Marton and Entwistles surface or strategic, as opposed to deep, learning? Contrast this view with that of a fellow student on the same course, Without the staff ride, I would go away from this course with a lesser understanding of my business than I do now74 - which is possibly a demonstration of deep learning.

The staff ride phase involves the presentation of papers which students variously felt, the balance of history and the future was correct with the production of the papers contributing significantly to the end state (HCSC 03); an interesting task. I

enjoyed listening to the other presentations (HSC 04); My topic Falaise Pocket


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice and risk had a good historical underpinning and topical/relevant pull-through (HCSC 04); whilst I was initially sceptical about the value of writing the paper, the research was interesting and it certainly generated discussion on the staff side. refreshed my professional interest... (HCSC 04). It also

These four student responses to the

same task (researching, writing and during the ride, presenting their paper) - while all positive - clearly indicate, by their different emphases, Gardners different intelligences and learning styles at work.

Authors Experience. This author has led many all-ranks staff rides for US Army units and collects a simple evaluation questionnaire at the end of each. These assess the appeal of different aspects of a staff ride, including (a) pre-tour reading, (b) pre-tour classroom instruction, (c) visits to battle sites, (d) terrain walks, (e) visits to museums, (f) student study assignments, (g) instructor performance, (h) en route instruction (i.e. audio visual broadcasts and passive instructor commentary), (i) study guides and other in-tour handouts; (j) morning/evening seminars during the tour and (k) aspects of administration. Students are asked to grade each activity/aspect from 4 (highest) to 1 (lowest). Most

activities relate to a different learning style or intelligence and it is not surprising that for each of nine such tours carried out over the last seven years (of 35, 32, 28, 18, 28, 21, 26, 25 and 19 personnel), averaging 26 personnel, no two questionnaires have ever matched in every case, participants have varied in what they have graded top.75 questionnaire is included at Appendix Seven. A sample


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Army Training Regiment, Pirbright. Or take these reactions, from a platoon of 44 recruits aged between 17 and 19, in their fourth week of basic training at the Army Training Regiment, Pirbright, to a Realities of War tour to Ypres and the Somme in 2006. Standing in a cemetery, one

recruit observed being here makes me feel inspired, and hearing about what they did makes me want to go through with it even more, whilst another mused, some of these graves are for guys younger than meI try not to think about it too much and a third named Ryan Marshall - stated, I have seen a lot of graves with the name Marshall on them These reactions recorded from the same cohort of students in the same location varied widely, and reflected their different learning approaches perhaps the first was expressing Kolbs Converging trait, the second Assimilating and the third, Diverging.76

Mike Bechtold, Canadian Battle of Normandy Foundation. A similarly wide spread of impressions was recorded by a Canadian academic, Mike Bechthold, of students on 12-strong Canadian Battle of Normandy Foundation (CBNF) study tours to Europe, in reaction to the same task, a TEWT (tactical exercise without troops) defending the Normandy village of Bretteville, as a means of understanding the battle there in 1944. One student focussed on leadership (perhaps

expressing Gardners interpersonal intelligence), concluding,

our TEWT of the Bretteville defence has left me with disdain for those who would criticize military commanders after the fact. These men bore what must have been crushing responsibility; what right do we have to pass judgement on their actions without walking a mile in their shoes?77


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice Another, drawn to the ground (and exhibiting Gardners visual-spatial intelligence), thought, The opportunity to study actual battlefields was of incredible value in helping me better understand the events that took place. I have a new and much improved understanding now of the importance of terrain and how it dictates the way a battle is fought.Ive read hundreds of books and studied maps, watched documentaries, but nothing can replace the experiences of being there and seeing it for yourself78 Whilst a colleague warmed to the planning process (showing Gardners logicalmathematical intelligence at work), recalled, we were not allowed to forget that the troops were tired, that some equipment was missing, that casualties strained morale and strength, etc. We had to take all those factors into account when making our plans. It only made the exercise more realistic, more valuable79 It is worth noting that all three would also have been displaying at least Gardners kinaesthetic intelligence, in the way they moved around the battlefield, and visual-spatial intelligence, from their appreciation of the terrain and relating it to maps, photographs and diagrams.

Conclusion. If we accept Kyriacous definition of learning as changes in behaviour which take place as a result of being engaged in an educational experience,80 then there also needs to be a way of measuring that pre- and post-event change to validate (in this case) the use of battlefield visits as an educational method. The foregoing examples (the

Schumm survey, the HCSC validation process, US Army questionnaires and interviews) represent approaches to that process, but this is not uniform or mandatory with the UK armed forces. A 2001-02 Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General81 on staff

college training observed that good practice in the validation of learning works on three tiers. Level one is the individuals immediate reaction to the event, usually achieved by


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice a post-learning questionnaire; level two is the validation of the learning itself and involves (1) pre- and post-learning activity tests (for example, self assessments, written tests or practical tests); (2) questionnaires; and (3) structured interviews. Level three is the intermediate impact on individual performance and their contribution towards their team; this is accomplished by structured interviews, questionnaires and feedback within 4-6 months of the event. The 2002 Report observed that similar methods of validation had been observed by its authors at overseas staff colleges, civilian providers of management training and private sector customers of such courses. 82

Such validation is arguably very appropriate to battlefield visiting and has been embraced by the HCSC process (which includes an extended internal validation where students of two years previously are sent a 23-question survey). If such validation is

recommended for aspects of Staff College training (as the 2002 Report does) it is surprising that questionnaires (at least) have not been made a mandatory part of the battlefield visiting process, which is also a form of training. None of the UK LAND

policy documents on battlefield visiting, including one from January 2004, which terms battlefield visits as the Operational Learning Experience (OLE)83 and talks of relevancy, aim, participation and method; and that of September 2005, cited earlier, 84 (as well as ignoring educational theory) discusses any form of validation practice.

In the range of teaching facilities available to military organisations, the staff ride approach to study thus benefits over indoor lectures and classroom work by being experiential, but additionally it embraces a wider range of intelligences and learning


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter One: Learning in the Field: Theory and Practice styles than indoors instruction can easily manage. As Richard Holmes has observed, These

there is a dynamic on the ground that you dont get in the classroom.85

interpretations of the views of educational theorists, such as Kolb, Honey and Mumford, Garner or Vygotsky may suit staff rides very well, but this is by way of happy accident. Their theories may have largely escaped the military community and its associated historians because most influential (Kolb) dates from 1976 and at this time the traditional Camberley staff college battlefield tour was firmly rooted in the experiences of veterans. By the time of Gardner (1983), the staff college tours had ended and the new-model HCSC staff ride had yet to commence (the first was in 1986 see Chapter Eight), and the battle to justify the expense and need of the HSCS was not waged on the ground of educational theory. Most modern British models of staff ride or battlefield tour have

borrowed from the Camberley or HCSC types, where recent educational theory plays no role whatsoever.

Clearly more work needs to be undertaken in evaluating the overall achievement of staff rides and breaking down rides into separate activities, to assess how they meet the different learning styles and intelligences advocated by Kolb, Gardner and the other theorists examined, through a rigorous and routine validation process. In summary, the author observes that the more that is uncovered about the complexities of how human beings learn, the better equipped a staff ride seems to be to meet those wide-ranging needs. Where it can be measured, via the limited results presented here, it is already

apparent that various different learning approaches are being met and can be embraced by well planned and thoughtful staff ride activity.86


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(IPB) survey of the terrain through which John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, marched his forces at an amazing pace, from the Netherlands to Bavaria, to join forces with Eugene of Savoy, and fight at Blenheim (13 August 1704). He found that Churchills route corresponded exactly with the manoeuvre corridor suggested by the modern military IPB process. 38 Howard Gardner, The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Chapter 4 in Bob Moon and Ann Shelton Mayes (eds.), Teaching and Learning in the Secondary School (London: Routledge-Falmer/The Open University 1995), p.44 39 See Kitchin, Learning and Learning Styles, in Viv Ellis (ed), Learning and Teaching in Secondary Schools, op cit, pp.27-8. 40 Other relevant, notable theorists currently enjoying prominence are Colin Roses 1985 Theory of Accelerated Learning and Stephen Krashens 1981 Theory of Second Language Acquisition. 41 Lev Vygotsky, variously translated as Thought and Language (MIT Press: 1962, new edition 1986) or RW Rieber & AS Carton (eds.), The Collected Works of L.S. Vygotsky, Volume One, incorporating Thinking and Speech (Springer: 1987); quoted in Bennett & Dunne (1995), How Children Learn, op cit, p.52. 42 Lev Vygotsky, Mind in Society: The Development of Higher Psychological Processes (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press 1978); quoted in Bennett & Dunne, op cit. 43 Jerome Bruner, Actual Minds, Possible Worlds (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press 1986), quoted in Bennett & Dunne, op cit. 44 Eugenia C Kiesling, The United States Armys Historical Staff Rides: History and Historiography, Chapter V in Defence Studies, Volume 5/1, March 2005, The Relevance and Role of Military History, Battlefield Tours and Staff Rides for Armed Forces in the 21st Century, edited by David Ian Hall, pp.48-58. Kieslings chapter sprang from a paper she gave to the Society for Military Historys 68th Annual Conference at the University of Calgary, Canada, in company with this author. 45 Kiesling, op cit, p.56. 46 Kiesling, op cit, p.48. 47 Professor William Glenn Robertson (b.1944), The Staff Ride (Washington DC: US Army Center of Military History 1987), Concluding Remarks, p.24. 48 Training the Conceptual Component of Fighting Power: The Operational Learning Experience (OLE), letter Lt-Col CMS Ottowell SO1 TA Trg Impl to COS LAND, 26 January 2004. 49 UK Land Command AGAIS Volume 1 Chapter 23, Battlefield Studies Policy Issue No 143, Reference Land BS SO1 Indiv Trg email DTG 121916ASep05 (One Star Circulation), paragraph 23.004. 50 William Glenn Robertson, The Staff Ride, (Washington, DC: U.S. Army Center of Military History, publication 70-21, First Printing 1987). 51 Interview with the Commanding Officer of Lichfield Army Training Regiment, Whittington Barracks, 31 August 2006. 52 JSCSC, HCSC 2003 Validation. 53 Maj. Carolyn Johnstone, Syndicate Room Discussions at the Staff College, Camberley, Dissertation submitted in part requirement for the MEd Degree of the University of Sheffield (1996), copy held at JSCSC, Watchfield. 54 The Listener, 10 January 1980, Vol. 103, No.2644, p.35. 55 Johnstone, op cit, p. 25. 56 Ibid, p. 76. 57 Ibid, pp. 75-6. 58 William Glenn Robertson, The Staff Ride, op cit. 59 Brigadier RMAS Melvin, Defence Studies Journal 2005, op cit. 60 Ibid, p.77. 61 For example, directing staff at the Royal Military College of Science (RMCS, now DCMT) at the UK Defence Academy has undertaken four week-long staff rides in the summers of 2004 - 07 in conjunction with civilian staff from its academic partner, Cranfield University. The directed discussions at various stands (viewpoints) were felt to be enormously helpful to the mix of personnel present, both tri-service military and civilian, and were specifically designed to encourage all present to make a contribution. 62 Dr Walter R Schumm, Kansas State University, Evaluating an All-Ranks Military Staff Ride, in Psychological Reports, 2003, volume 93, pp.1156-1158, and authors correspondence with Dr Schumm.


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Bennett & Dunne, op cit, p.51. Marlowe and Page, op cit, p.12 65 The phases are (1) Context Strategy, Security and Military Thinking; (2) Operational Art and Campaigning Theory; (3) Alternative Thinking; (4) Practical Campaigning; (5) Multi-Agency Operations; (6) Theatre War-game. See, accessed 27 August 2006 66 Bennett & Dunne, op cit, p.51. 67 HCSC Validation 2003. 68 Ibid. 69 HSCS 2003 Validation, Extended Internal Validation Report on HCSC 2001. 70 HCSC 2003 Validation, comparison with HCSC 2002. 71 HCSC 2003 Validation, Staff Ride Phase. 72 HCSC 2004 Validation, Staff Ride Phase. 73 Ibid. 74 Ibid. 75 Peter Caddick-Adams, Student Evaluation Forms for REEP Battle Staff Rides, 2001-2007 76 This tour and the recruits reactions was reported by Catriona Davies in the Daily Telegraph, 7 November 2006. 77 Quoted in Mike Bechthold, One of the Greatest Moments in My Life, Lessons Learned on the Canadian Battle of Normandy Foundation Battlefield Tours, Chapter III in Defence Studies, Volume 5/1, The Relevance and Role of Military History, Battlefield Tours and Staff Rides for Armed Forces in the 21st Century, op cit, p.33. 78 Bechthold, op cit, p.31. 79 Bechthold, op cit, p.33. 80 Chris Kyriacou, Essential Teaching Skills, op cit, p.22. 81 Ministry of Defence, The Joint Services Command and Staff College: Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, HC 537, Session 2001-2002: 7 February 2002 (London: The Stationary Office), Appendix 2 Good Practice, p.27. 82 Practice in Comparable Organisations, Comptrollers Report, op cit, p.28. 83 Training the Conceptual Component of Fighting Power: The Operational Learning Experience (OLE), policy letter to COS LAND on Staff Rides, TEWTs, Battlefield Tours and War Walks, by Lt-Col. CMS Ottowell SO1 TA Trg. Impl., dated 26 January 2004. 84 UK Land Command AGAIS Volume 1 Chapter 23, Battlefield Studies Policy Issue No 143, Reference Land BS SO1 Indiv. Trg. email DTG 121916ASep05 (One Star Circulation), paragraph 23.004, op cit. 85 Professor Richard Holmes, conversation whilst on a Staff Ride in Normandy, 18 October 2007. 86 The theories discussed here are all educational and relate to how a staff ride is presented. Staff ride content can also include discussion of some of the endless theories of leadership, or for example, Abraham Maslows hierarchy of needs, many of which are pertinent to soldiers on a battlefield. Using Maslow, by way of example, it might be appropriate to encourage a staff ride audience to prioritise the needs of soldiers in peacetime, compared with their needs in the midst of a battle; this might develop into a discussion of how commanders can best meet those needs and the qualities needed in a good leader in order to persuade troops to continue fighting and operating without those needs being met.



Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Three: The Evolution of Battlefield Tourism At every crossway on the road to the future, each progressive spirit is opposed by a thousand men appointed to guard the past Count Maurice de Maeterlinck 1

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Experiencing military history in the pre-tourism era. There is a certain inevitability of the military professional colliding with an old battlefield. That corner of north east France and southern Belgium, including the

Flanders Plain, to south of Brussels and the old French province of Artois, has more than its fair share. Not for nothing is it known as the cock-pit of Europe, a phrase first

coined by James Howell (1594-1666), an English traveller, writing during the Thirty Years War (1618-48).2 Howell was aware that the cock-pit was as well known to

Caesars legionaries as to the knights and archers of the Hundred Years War (13371453). Since Howells day Marlborough, Napoleon, Wellington and three generations of Germans have overrun it. Howell went on to advise the forreine traveller that ...if

there be any leaguers [sieges] afoot, or armies in motion, it should be time well spent to see them. 3 In other words, military activity in the region was commonplace and as The Cockpit of Europe also became the title of a

natural to visit as a trade fair today.

battlefield guidebook by Howard Green in 1976.4


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The author considered to be the first true novelist (that is, publishing a full-length work of fiction, rather than satirical pamphleteering), Daniel Defoe (c.1660-1731), can also considered to be a quasi-military historian and battlefield visitor. Although best-

known for Robinson Crusoe (1719), he also published Memoirs of A Cavalier (1720), allegedly the recollections of an English Civil War warrior, but in fact based partly on published sources and Defoes own visits to battlefields. Between 1724-6 he published the three-volume Tour Through Great Britain,5 in which he visits several battlefields, which clearly fascinated him, judging by the amount of text he devotes to describing them. Letter IV of Volume 2 (published 1726) sees him at Newbery (Newbury), where he recounts at length the two Civil War battles; in Letter IX of Volume 3 (published 1726), he visited specifically Towton, Naseby, Flodden Field and spent a whole day exploring Marston Moor from York, in each case hiring local guides, and explaining the battles anecdotally in his text. Although most of his visits are undated, there is

considerable evidence, as J.H. Andrews has noted, that many of them pre-date 1700.6 Thus, Defoes visit to Marston Moor (Map 8) provided the background material for his 1720 Cavalier, whom Defoe had fighting both there and at Naseby. The Civil War

battlefields (Maps 3 and 8) he explored had been fought over only sixty years (or a generation) earlier, a similar time lapse from the Second World War to the research for this thesis. The fact that he could hire guides who walked him over (allegedly) the

correct terrain suggests that he was not the only interested party in visiting the civil war battlefields at this juncture.


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Early in the Nineteenth Century, a correspondent to the Church of Scotland Newspaper on 12 April 1826 expressed surprise that there is neither a stick nor a stone to mark the site of Culloden Battlefield (fought 16 April 1746)7 Possibly the (Protestant) monarchy and establishment actively suppressed memorials commemorating resistance by Catholics or the Scots. Keele Universitys Philip Morgan (in Chapter Two) cites a

third wave of battlefield preservation, of the rediscovery of battlefields by antiquarians from the mid-18th Century.8 He suggests the erection of memorial obelisks at Naseby

(fought 14 June 1645 Map 8) in 1771 and 1823 mark this new departure. Although a descendant of the Civil War Royalist commander Sir Bevil Grenville (1596-1643) erected a memorial in 1780 to his part in the battle of Lansdown Hill (fought 5 July 1643 Map 3)9, this author suggests that 1800 is a more satisfactory general date for the commencement of this third wave, as most date from after this benchmark. The advent of war with revolutionary France (and threat of invasion) certainly focussed English minds on military affairs, neglected for generations, as Peter A. Lloyd has observed in The French Are Coming! 10 For example, the Glenfinnan Monument, erected in 1815 by Alexander Macdonald of Glenaladale at the head of Loch Shiel, in tribute to the clansmen who fought and died in the cause of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, is one of the earliest of this third wave of memorials.11 They were erected by private money or public

subscription, and were prompted in part by the interest in history generated by (for example) the novels of Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), particularly Waverley (1814), Rob Roy (1817) and Ivanhoe (1819).


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Map 3: Battlefields in Southern England. Source: David Clark, Battlefield Walks: The South (Stroud: Alan Sutton Ltd. 1996), p.iv.

One early limitation on battlefield visits was that of the sheer difficulty and expense, prior to railways, of travelling any distance. Whilst some actual battlefields

were visited, others were replicated on similar terrain in the home nation, or replicated in model form in a suitable location. An early instance of such battlefield replication, albeit in a country garden for the enjoyment of an eccentric gentleman, is portrayed in Laurence Sternes novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1759-67), where the fictional characters Uncle Toby and his servant Corporal Trim replicate the defences of Namur where they served (in 1695) in an acre of garden.12 Himself the son a regular officer, Sternes use of this scenario to explore his characters suggests that battlefield replication (if eccentric) was by no means strange to Eighteenth Century military officers. Edward Ryan has noted in Paper Soldiers (1995) how model soldiers grew in popularity at the same time.13


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Three: The Evolution of Battlefield Tourism In place of visiting actual battlefields, there arose in London and elsewhere the tradition of visiting a depiction of combat transferred onto large painted canvases, called panoramas. John Zarobell, Martin Samuels and others have written of the panorama-

cyclorama tradition, which lasted for a century until replaced by cinemas and is all but extinct today; in their day they were an important measure of public interest in battles and battlefields. Throughout the Nineteenth Century, panorama painters were stimulating

interest in military history, which may have inspired some of their visitors to visit the battlefields, but the artists themselves also travelled to the battlegrounds in order to render an accurate depiction of their battles on canvas. Zarobell, of the Philadelphia

Museum of Art, observed that many of the canvases were reused to produce new panoramas unlike works of art, these objects were made as entertainment, and therefore lost their value as soon as the audience was no longer interested. All that is left are fragments, shreds of evidence, and traces of once-glorious edificesthis history of the nineteenth century comes together like fragments of a dream14 Though invented in London by the Barkers (father and son) 15, the best-known panorama painter was a former officer in Napoleons army, Col. Jean-Charles Langlois (1789-1870), who travelled Europe executing commissions in many countries. Each of Langlois panoramas reconstructed a moment within the battle (a freeze-frame), making make the viewer feel they were living through the actual event. Martin Samuels has

written that his historical spectacles provided public images of history in as visually realistic manner as possible[and] provided perspectives through which new individual and national identities could take shape through the consumption of a version of the past16 Langlois visited each battlefield, sketching, painting and photographing before


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Three: The Evolution of Battlefield Tourism producing his panoramas, which commenced with the naval Battle of Navarino (fought 1827, first exhibited 1830 and considered so realistic it was used as a training aid for French naval cadets) and concluded with the Siege of Sebastopol (1855, exhibited 1860), which received 400,000 visitors before being replaced by Langlois last panorama, the Battle of Solferino (fought 1859, exhibited from 1865).17 Tony Wolf has also noted how tournaments and combative exhibitions also became popular in Victorian England. He

traces their evolution to patriotic spectaculars where battles were re-enacted; for example, Astleys Amphitheatre advertised the Battle of Waterloo in 1824, using some genuine Waterloo veterans; allegedly ...the Duke of Wellington was so pleased with it that he watched it twice... The Amphitheatres cavernous arena space allowed reenactments on a truly grand scale, featuring hundreds of actors, horses and cannons 18 These evolved into military gymkhanas and, eventually, the Royal Tournament, founded as the Grand Military Tournament and Assault at Arms, first held at the Agricultural Hall, Islington in 1880, which was a series of competitions between the regular and volunteer units of the Army.

The upsurge of interest in military affairs began in the early Nineteenth Century, argues Professor Betty T. Bennett, who has demonstrated that the war with Revolutionary and Napoleonic France (1793-1802; 1803-1815) generated a huge volume of romantic war poetry, drama, painting and literature.19 English aristocrats, needing to win back

credibility against revolutionary French ideas, presented a public increasingly afraid of French invasion with a new heroic mould, wearing uniforms in public and commissioning romantic paintings of death in battle, argues Andy Evans20. He suggests


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Three: The Evolution of Battlefield Tourism that Parliament echoed this new fascination with all things military by deciding to place statues of naval and military heroes in St Pauls Cathedral, a departure from previous practice, and by the state funeral given to Horatio Nelson (January 1806).21 The

construction (1823-6) of the Lion Mound at Waterloo in Belgium (itself a commemoration of the spot where the Prince of Orange, Grand Duke of Luxembourg and King of the Netherlands (1772-1843) was wounded on 18 June 1815) reflected this interest overseas, although the battle dead were simply buried in unmarked mass graves. The Gordon monument on the battleground of Waterloo (built in 1817 in memory of one of Wellingtons ADCs, by his family) is a reminder of the fact that in this era, any battlefield commemoration was a private affair, funded only by those with ample means.22 The unprecedented Nineteenth Century interest in war and military affairs was even maintained at the demise of the Centurys two great military colossi. Andrew

Roberts has observed how in 1852 the state funeral of the Duke of Wellington (17691852) was also a riposte to that of Napoleon (1769-1821). Roberts observed, approximately one and a half million people watched the state funeral procession from Horse Guards to St Pauls Cathedral. On no public occasion has anything at all approaching it ever been manifested, reported a black-bordered edition of The Times that morning. Roberts continues: In the second battle Wellington fought against Napoleon, that of their funerals, the result was a draw. Napoleons funeral had been a magnificent display, and, just as his nephew was about to ascend the French throne, the British were determined that Wellingtons should be no less memorable. Historians have since seen Wellingtons funeral as a self-conscious answer to the entombment of Napoleon at Les Invalides twelve years earlier23 On 18 November 1852,


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Three: The Evolution of Battlefield Tourism Where had this military interest come from? At the height of the French invasion scare, in 1804, over 400,000 men had responded to the 1798 Defence of the Realm Acts requirement for a home guard to be formed in the event of invasion. population of 15 million, notes Simon Schama, 3 million men were of an age (17-55) to bear arms. And over 800,000 one in five were in fact part of the national defence; 386,000 as volunteers, of whom 266,000 were in the army and 120,000 in the navyWhen George III reviewed 27,000 volunteers in Hyde Park in October 1803 a crowd of half a million watched the spectacular parade.24 Out of a

Although an anti-war poem, The Battle of Blenheim, penned in 1799 by Robert Southey (1774-1843), later Poet Laureate, is one of the best known literary examples of the renewed interest in military topics.25 Southeys brief, 11-verse poem tells of a little

girl finding a human skull on an old battlefield and of her grandfathers explanation of the battle.26 Significantly, Blenheim had been fought 95 years earlier (13 August 1704) against an earlier generation of Frenchmen, and was virtually ancient history. Evans and Bennett argue that Southey deliberately used Blenheim to strike a chord with his readers because war was in the news again. As his readers were unlikely ever to visit Blenheim (in Bavaria, on the left bank of the river Danube), writers like Southey had a heady responsibility, being responsible for the common understanding of past and present military dramas. Southeys poem also implies strongly that in his day (the late

Eighteenth Century) the only usual commemoration of a battlefield was via informal oral history, passed down through family members in the manner of an Icelandic saga. Indeed Southey himself would later visit the scene of Wellingtons triumph soon after the battle and pen The Poets Pilgrimage to Waterloo (1816)27; other battlefield visitors there


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Three: The Evolution of Battlefield Tourism would soon include Walter Scott, William Wordsworth, JMW Turner and Lord Byron, later on William Thackeray and Anthony Trollope, all equally keen to exploit the literary and artistic opportunities presented by a public familiar with the events of the great battle.

Waterloo and British Battlefield Tourism (Map 4). An early example of a civilian battlefield tour was the visit of the poet and novelist Walter Scott (1771-1832) to Waterloo. At the height of his fame and fortune,

Scott was impatient to see the scene of Napoleons final defeat and to visit Continental Europe which had been closed to British visitors for more than a decade. Within two

months of the battle (August 1815), Scott was apparently amongst the first British civilians to tour the battlefield of Waterloo, accompanied by Major Pryse Lockhart Gordon (1762-1845)28. In newly-liberated Paris, Scott interviewed officers present at

the battle, including the Duke of Wellington himself, whose lack of conceit and pretension apparently greatly impressed him.29 The result was The Field of Waterloo; A Poem, published in October 1815.30 The following year (4 May 1816), George Gordon

Noel, 6th Baron Byron (1788-1824) also visited Waterloo, some eleven months after the battle, where he was shown around by Scotts guide, Pryse Lockhart Gordon, who was a friend of Byrons mother.31 The visit inspired part of the lengthy poem Childe Harolds Pilgrimage32, in which Canto the Third deals with Waterloo. This rush to Waterloo by Scott and Byron, at a time when Continental travel was rare, suggests that both felt they could cash in on the existing public fascination with war something earlier writers had been unable to do. In successive years, many other writers visited the Waterloo area; in


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Three: The Evolution of Battlefield Tourism 1823, Joanna Baillie (1762-1851) edited a collection of poems, which included Lines Written on the Field of Quatre Bras (1821).33

Most modern battlefield tourism dates back to Waterloo, the most important of the Napoleonic battlegrounds - which (unusually for a battle) decided Europe's future for the following century - in a single day's combat. Ever since, literally millions of visitors - both military and civilian - have paced every inch of that particular battlefield, perhaps lured as much by its proximity to Brussels as by the fact that it has remained little changed since 18 June 1815. The shadow of Waterloo has loomed in fact and fiction

ever since, arguably dominating the plots of Stendhals The Charterhouse of Parma (1839)34, William Makepeace Thackerays (1811-63) epic novel Vanity Fair (1848); and Victor Hugos (1802-1885) Les Misrables (1862). Hugos work was inspired by his

father Lopold, who had been one of Napoleons generals, and by visits to Waterloo. His biographer Samuel Edwards asserts that he actually wrote the Waterloo chapter whilst on the battlefield in 1860, intending to complete the novel there that June (in the month the battle occurred), though it took him another eleven months.35 Battlefields

have always attracted writers, like iron filings to a magnet, and Honor de Balzac (17991850) was drawn, during an 1835 visit to Vienna, to Essling (fought May 1809) and Wagram (July 1809); we know he took extensive notes, and mentioned his research in correspondence to friends, but never actually wrote of Napoleons first defeat on land in Western Europe.36

After Waterloo, one of the victors returned and married a local girl and until his death, Sgt-Maj. Edward Cotton (c.1792-1849), late of the 7th Hussars, was famous for his


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Three: The Evolution of Battlefield Tourism guided tours around the battlefield where he had fought in 1815. Cotton left the army in 1835 and settled in Mont St. Jean village, where his battlefield guiding became renowned, in an era when battlefield guides were most uncommon. Cottons chosen

profession reflected a demand, created in the post-Napoleonic era by this second type of battlefield visitor the civilian undertaking an historical tour. His credibility increased with the publication of A Voice from Waterloo, first published in 1846, which had run to thirteen editions by 1913. 37


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Map 4: The quartet of battles that comprise the much-studied Waterloo campaign. Quatre Bras and Ligny were fought on 16 June and Waterloo, (on the Mont St. Jean ridge and three miles south of Waterloo village), and Wavre took place on 18 June 1815. Only Waterloo has acquired fame and special status. Source: Andrew Roberts, Napoleon and Wellington (Weidenfeld and Nicolson 2001), p.146.


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Three: The Evolution of Battlefield Tourism In 1845, the Naval and Military Gazette described Cotton as, intelligent, active and a good-looking man of fifty-three and the very cut as a Hussar. Until Napoleons mass armies and Nineteenth Century industrialisation (in the form of railway and steamship travel, printed books and newspapers, a corresponding rise in literacy rates and, later on, photography) started to give many civilians an understanding of war, the novelty of both war and travel provided soldiers and mariners with a unique hold over an audience or readership. Cotton built up a formidable knowledge of the battle from

correspondence with veterans and founded a museum containing a collection of memorabilia (now dispersed). Lt-Gen. Sir Hussey Vivian38 wrote to him in 1839, I sincerely hope that [with the] occupation you have undertaken, you will derive the means of passing the remainder of your days in competence and comfort; and thus heap [reap?] the rewards of your intelligence on a field where you had proved your courage 39

Husseys son would later publish a biography of his fathers distinguished military life in 1897.40 Meanwhile, Baron von Mffling (Prussian liaison officer at Wellingtons HQ)

had penned his 105-page A Sketch of the Battle of Waterloo to Which Are Added Official Despatches of Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington; Field Marshal Prince Blcher; and Reflections on the Battles of Ligny & Waterloo (1842), which was a pocket-sized work for visitors to those battlefields and may have inspired Cottons work.41

Organised visits to Waterloo coincide with the origins of British package tourism or did they cause it? Although Mr Thomas Cooks (1808-1892) first venture was to organise a journey by train for 570 from Leicester to Loughborough for a temperance meeting in July 1841 (at a shilling each), his first tour overseas was to


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Three: The Evolution of Battlefield Tourism Waterloo, in 1845. In 1866, Cook took his first group of European tourists to America, visiting New York and the Civil War battlefields of Virginia.42 An early competitor, Henry Glaze, had already taken his first party to visit Brussels and Waterloo in 1854. Waterloo retained its popularity with tourists and day-trippers throughout the Nineteenth Century, which increased with the arrival of a local railway line (as Figure 3.1 shows).

Figure 3.1: Postcard depicting a twin-horse tourist coach from Brussels disgorging passengers at the south gate of Hougoumont Farm. Posted in 1902, the card provides early photographic evidence of the popularity of the Waterloo battlefield. (Source: authors collection)

A thriving industry in the sale of relics and souvenirs developed at the site (echoing countless pilgrimages to religious shrines and the Holy Land), which led Thomas Cook's 1913 guide to warn travellers:


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Three: The Evolution of Battlefield Tourism It is hardly necessary to say that buttons, spurs, helmets or swordhandles can be purchased cheaper in Sheffield or Birmingham, where they are manufactured, than on the field of Waterloo; nor must we forget that the battle was fought in the year 1815, and therefore the numerous guides of about fifty years of age who declare they were in the engagement are not to be relied upon implicitly 43

A similar observation was made in 1841, by Dr. Charles Mackay (1814-1889), later editor of the Illustrated London News. In the final chapter of Memoirs of

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, MacKay discusses the importance of relics to mankind, and how the faithful have been exploited over the centuries by the godless.44 He observed that a desire for religious relics had given way in the mid-Nineteenth Century to relics associated with criminals or the famous, because relics gave one a link with the past, whether a battlefield or a famous or infamous person. The undoubted relics of great men, or of great events, will always possess attractions for the thinking and refined.

Writing just 26 years after Waterloo, Mackay conveys a

sense of the importance of the battle site for Nineteenth Century travellers (and the opportunities it offered to exploit the unwary):46 Among the most favourite relics of modern times, in Europe, are Shakespeares mulberry-tree, Napoleons willow, and the table at Waterloo on which the emperor wrote his despatches Many a piece of alien wood passes under this name The original has long since been destroyed, and a round dozen of counterfeits along with it Bullets from the field of Waterloo, and buttons from the coats of the soldiers who fell in the fight, are still favourite relics in Europe. But the same ingenuity which found new tables after the old one was destroyed, has cast new bullets for the curious. Many a one who thinks himself the possessor of a bullet which aided in giving peace to the world on that memorable day, is the owner of a dump, first extracted from the ore a dozen years afterwards. Let all lovers of genuine relics look well to their money before they part with it to the ciceroni that swarm in the village of Waterloo!47


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Three: The Evolution of Battlefield Tourism MacCannells Marking Process. Dean MacCannell48 and AV Seaton49 have separately observed that Waterloo has become a destination of choice amongst tourists worldwide, because the battle is extremely well-known. This, they have argued, is because Waterloo has acquired a

special status, having gone through five distinct marking processes in terms of tourism; they are: 1. Naming - the battle took place in a specific, small geographical locale, unlike other vaguer battles such as the Somme, Normandy, and within a specific, brief, time-frame, unlike Ypres, Verdun, Monte Cassino or Anzio. The name is easy to remember and

pronounce in many languages; it has become shorthand for referring to a campaign that actually encompassed four battles Ligny, Quatre Bras, Wavre and Waterloo. 2. Framing and Elevation (by which the authors mean display); at Waterloo, this is aided by the Lion Mound and other monuments put up around the site and on the surviving buildings such as Hougoumont and La Haie Sainte; see Figure 6.4. 3. Enshrinement (where some of the buildings themselves become attractions); most of the buildings on the battlefield (chiefly the museums and panorama) and some near to it (Le Caillou, Napoleons HQ, for example), fall into this category. 4. Mechanical Reproduction; Waterloo coincided with the industrial revolution and prints of the commanders and the site, and books on the battle have been mass produced. 5. Social Reproduction (whereby the battle has entered everyday usage); this is evidenced by Waterloo streets and inns; towns named Waterloo worldwide; a railway station and common phraseology (to meet ones Waterloo).


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Three: The Evolution of Battlefield Tourism This is a powerful analysis of the magnet of Waterloo, and may also explain the popularity of Gettysburg in the United States and the Invasion Beaches in Normandy, which have all gone through similar processes. In its day Blenheim (1704) was as

important to Europes future, yet acquired none of the status of Waterloo, and is hardly visited, even by historians or soldiers. When Charles Spencer asks at the end of his 2004 work on the battle - Why has Blenheim largely been forgotten? If you visit the battle site today, there is little to commemorate the engagement whose scale and consequence thrilled contemporary Europe50 the answer seems to lie in the MacCannells tourism marking process. It also meant that when soldiers in the Nineteenth Century cast

around for battlefields to study, Waterloo would have been the destination of choice until displaced by the Franco-Prussian war. For the general public, Waterloo ruled The

unchallenged for over a century, until supplanted by the 1914-18 battlefields.

stereoscopic view (at Figures 3.2 and 3.3 below), sold by an American company (circa 1910), is an illustration of the continued international popularity of Waterloo. The

postcard at Figure 3.4 illustrates the specially-built rotunda which still houses the panorama, first unveiled in 1912 and painted by Demoulin between 1904-12. This is

part of the Framing and Elevation and Enshrinement processes (above) that have made Waterloo so special.


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Figures 3.2 and 3.3: Stereoscopic photograph (and reverse) of the Lion Mound at Waterloo (circa 1910). This is an illustration of the Mechanical Reproduction phase of marking Waterloo as a special tourist site. Note the manufacturer (Keystone, USA), underlining the appeal of Waterloo outside Europe, and the pro-German caption. (Source: authors collection)


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Figure 3.4: Postcard of the Lion Mound and Panorama buildings at Waterloo, circa 1925, illustrating many aspects of the marking process the multiple languages on the card; the additional buildings contributing to the attraction. The postcard itself is part of the Mechanical Reproduction phase. (Source: authors collection).

Wider Nineteenth Century Tourism and Battlefield Literature. To help the traveller make sense of past battles, where ordinary people had made history, guide books grew in popularity. A contemporary of Thomas Cook was the

German printer Karl Baedeker (1801-1859), who pioneered the market for travel guides, which were crucial to 19th Century tourists travelling abroad. Indeed the surname has

become shorthand for a travel guide, his first appeared in 1839; many of the 266 various English language editions which appeared before 1914 contained notes and detailed maps of battlefields, particularly in France, Italy, Belgium, Germany and the United States.51


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Three: The Evolution of Battlefield Tourism It is perhaps no coincidence that Baedekers Paris and Northern France: Handbook for Travellers, First edition appeared in 1867 and the Second edition in 1870, both preceding the Franco-Prussian War. Baedeker was also astute, devoting less space to Waterloo in the French language version of his guide to Belgium and Holland than in the English language version.52 Popular accounts of military history also stimulated the imagination and caused some, who could afford it, to visit ancient battlefields. Perhaps one of the key texts here was Sir Edward Creasys Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World: from Marathon to Waterloo, first published in 1851.53 As evidenced by the fact that its sub-title found its way into the Maj-Generals patter-song from Pirates of Penzance54 (From Marathon to Waterloo in Order Categorical), Creasys Decisive Battles was arguably one of the most influential works of non-scholarly military history published. Creasy (1812-1878), was the first to establish the notion of the decisive battle, which remains a popular concept, though hotly debated, today. In the aftermath of the First World War, Twentieth

Century historians came to belittle and ridicule the concept of decisive battles, preferring to believe that human events are rarely determined solely on the battlefield. Nevertheless, Creasy caught the popular imagination, his brand of military history became fashionable and sold well in its day by 1905 the book had been in print continuously for fifty-four years and reprinted no less than forty-five times55 - and remains in print in the Twenty-First Century, probably because of the quality of its descriptive writing (rather than its historical objectivity). His Anglo centricity (a third of the battles - Hastings, Orleans, Blenheim, Saratoga and Waterloo - involve the British) appealed to his Imperial readership; with each battle, Creasy uses military history to


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Three: The Evolution of Battlefield Tourism suggest that Europeans were destined to triumph and rule the world. His rampant Euro centrism (only one of his wars - the American War of Independence - took place beyond European frontiers, while three of them - Marathon, Chalons, and Tours - were defeats for Asian powers - Persians, Huns, and Saracens - who challenged Europe) means that he tends to be ignored as insufficiently multicultural, but his influence on the travelling public of Nineteenth Century Britain was large.

Artists exploited the subject matter of warfare and in late-Victorian Britain their images were widely available in periodicals of the time, as were prints, engravings and aquatints of military themes, commanders and battles, published by Ackermanns of London or uniform prints executed for journals by artists such as Richard Simkin (18511926). Some of this engraved art, particularly that of the military artist Richard Caton Woodville (1856-1927) and Lady [Elisabeth] Butler (1846-1933) found its way into the illustrated periodicals of the era, such as The Illustrated London News (established 1841), The Sphere and The Graphic (first published 1869). Philip J. Haythornthwaite has

pointed out, however, that with military art, the question of accuracy looms larger than for art critics, and on the subject of realism56 Victorian scenes of combat,

(such as that shown in Figure 3.5) accordingly, shut out the real horrors of the battlefield - mutilated men and horses - portraying war only for those with delicate stomachs and bottomless purses, and so compromising realism in what was supposedly an accurate historical record of a battle or deed - and this may have propelled some towards a military career under false pretenses.


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Figure 3.5: The Thin Red Line by Robert Gibb (the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders facing Russian cavalry at the Battle of Balaclava 1854), painted in 1856. It is an example of the Victorian sanitisation of war and battlefields; there is no hint of carnage or suffering on the battlefield, which might have otherwise put-off some wanting to explore a battleground. (Source: Regimental Museum of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, Stirling Castle)

Similarly, Victorian artists took little account of torn, shoddy, bloodied or muddied uniforms, preferring to rely on noble thin red line type, unrepresentative images. Apart from Mathew Bradys pictures of corpses at Gettysburg, early portrait

photographs repeated this sanitisation of war, making the prospect of scampering around an old battlefield rather appealing for a post-war tourist. This lack of understanding of war also drew spectators to watch battles in progress and, no doubt, encouraged others to enlist. The tradition of self-censorship by war artists also continued into the Twentieth


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Three: The Evolution of Battlefield Tourism Century, with the picture postcard (illustrated at Figure 3.6, below) produced for home consumption in Germany.

Figure 3.6: German propaganda postcard (circa 1915) depicting, for home consumption, the idea of a clean, noble death for a wounded officer; the lack of gore is striking. (Source: authors collection).

Later Nineteenth Century Understanding of History and War. After the Napoleonic era, this enormous volume of drama, writing, music and art that reflected hitherto neglected military themes meant that public curiosity in all things military and historical remained57, and within a few years it became possible to visit some of the nearer sites, like Waterloo, or pay homage to some of the heroes, such as Nelson (and eventually Wellington). The comfortable chronological distance of battles fought on British soil, an easing of anxiety over Scotland, the passing of the Catholic -147-

Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Three: The Evolution of Battlefield Tourism Emancipation Act (1829) and the use of the military, militia and yeomanry as an auxiliary police force to quell urban and rural unrest, c.1816-48 also sharpened public interest in past military history.58 Gary Taylor has noted how renewed interest in the

historical plays of Shakespeare (especially Richard III59 and Henry V), 60 breathed new life onto the mid-Victorian stage, in time making it respectable, which hitherto it had not been.61

Also reflecting (and stimulating) this interest was the formation of bodies like the United (later Royal United) Services Institution (founded by the Duke of Wellington in 1831)62, the British Archaeological Association (1843)63, the Royal Historical Society (1868)64 , and the American Historical Association (1884)65, each founded with national membership, and a published journal, to study and promote debate in areas of military affairs and military history (in the case of RUSI) or more general historical matters.

Journals began in this era which discussed contemporary military topics, but also military history, including: The United Service Gazette and Naval and Military Chronicle (18311921), The Naval and Military Gazette and Weekly Chronicle of the United Service (1833-1886), the United (later Royal United) Services Institution Journal (1858ongoing), The Volunteer Service Gazette and Military Dispatch (1859-1925), The Army & Navy Gazette (1860-1957).67 These societies and bodies were enabled and

encouraged by the Museums Act of 1849 which had led to the success of the Great Exhibition in 1851 and in turn fostered the foundation of what became the Victoria and Albert, Natural History and Science Museums in 1852.68 The Public Libraries Act of

1850, which followed a Select Committee on Public Libraries (1849), reflected both


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Three: The Evolution of Battlefield Tourism mechanical innovation enabling publishers to mass-produce books and a massive rise in adult literacy creating a demand for works of history, patriotic appeal and inspiring fiction.69

Richard Brooke, Esq., FSA, reflected this renewed interest in military affairs with his early guidebook, Visits to Fields of Battle in England of the Fifteenth Century (1857).70 Fourteen years earlier (1843) a local antiquary had erected a memorial obelisk to the parliamentarian John Hampden, on the battlefield where he had been mortally wounded, Chalgrove Field in Oxfordshire (18 June 1644).71 The Wallace Monument at Stirling is also typical of this same genre of memorials, built with local and expatriate Scots money in 1869. It commemorates William Wallace (1267-1305), who defeated an English army at Stirling (fought 11 September 1297) and was erected on the rocky crag from which Wallace watched the English army gather on the South side of Stirling Bridge. It is worth observing, though, that many of this wave of memorials

commemorated principally individuals, and only incidentally the battles in which they fought. In England, the conscious preservation of landscapes and old buildings began

with the National Trust (1895)72, though with no intrinsic military interest, and surprisingly - it took nearly another century for the Battlefields Trust to be founded, though this owns no property or land.73

Although much of this era approximates to the reign of Victoria (1837-1901), the earlier years of the Nineteenth Century should also be included, when considering the Victorians in this military context. The huge Nineteenth Century leap of adult literacy also contributed to public interest in history and motivated some to enlist in the army and


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Three: The Evolution of Battlefield Tourism a smaller number to visit battlefields. William Cobbett (1762-1835, the author of Rural Rides) is an example of this earlier group, who enlisted as a literate private soldier and was promoted to sergeant-major before leaving the service aged 29. 74 There was also a sense for the first time amongst early Victorians that study of the past could play a part in improving the present.75

Raymond Chapman in The Sense of the Past in Victorian Literature (1986) asserts that Victorians (unlike their Eighteenth Century predecessors) valued history and the gathering of accurate historical information.

Chapman goes on to observe that there

was a growing recognition that the past had been the present for people as real as any then living, and that it was possible to come closer to them than ruins and dates of battles

This amounted to a break with the antiquaries of the past, who merely

collected relics; the Victorians (and their Nineteenth Century contemporaries across Europe and America) were the first to desire contemporary accounts of ordinary people experiencing great events. Sidney H. Moore, a private battlefield visitor to La Albuera (fought in 1811) in Spain, was unassisted by a guide in his visit, when he wrote to The Times in 1890, Sir, Yesterday I had the melancholy pleasure of visiting a battlefield hallowed and forever sacred to many a British hearth and home. On asking if there was anything which commemorated the Englishmen who had fallen I was shown on the plaza a monument in the last state of decayOne has only to ride over the heights to the south-west of the village to imagine what the fire of the French batteries was like78 Philip J. Haythornthwaite79 has noted that this desire was reflected by first British official histories of campaigns, The Record of the Expedition to Abyssinia (1870)80 and


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Three: The Evolution of Battlefield Tourism the Narrative of the Field Operations Connected with the Zulu War of 1879 (1881),81 published by Her Majestys Stationery Office (HMSO). Within the military profession (and of relevance to the auxiliary forces), the early Nineteenth Century also saw many official drill and tactical manuals published82 and most regiments began to capture and publish their histories after the Napoleonic fighting was over.83 Readers in the late

Victorian world were hugely influenced by the fictional output of George Alfred Henty (1832-1902), who had a considerable knowledge of military affairs. Hentys prolific

influence (106 ripping novels, all in his pseudo-historical heroic style) lingered well into the Twentieth Century; according to Philip J. Haythornthwaite, as a professional war correspondent, Henty reported, the Austro-Italian War of 1866, Garibaldi, Abyssinia, the Carlist War of 1873-6, Russia at the time of the conquest of Khiva and the TurkoSerbian War which led to the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-8Within the confines of his genre, Hentys books are of high standard, and many are instructional: descriptions of real battles and even tactical maps are included.84

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), too, was a hugely influential figure in literary imperialism, no doubt with Henty and others - influencing many to read military history, explore battlefields (if the opportunity arose) or take up a career in the army, navy, or colonial services.

By the mid-Nineteenth Century, Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) would write his Charge of the Light Brigade (glorifying an event that occurred during the battle of Balaclava, 25 October 1854), exploiting popular interest in a recent war, in his case in the Crimea. 85 However, Tennysons poem came about not because of a battlefield visit, but


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Three: The Evolution of Battlefield Tourism because he was Poet Laureate (1850-96) at the time of the charge. His information came from reading William Howard Russells (now famous) despatches, published in The Times.86 Tennysons poem, still hugely popular today, first appeared in a newspaper,

The Examiner, and was also printed as a leaflet for distribution to the troops before its appearance in book-form.87 Again, the popularity of Tennysons poem (and Russells

despatches) emphasises the general thirst for military information in mid-Victorian Britain and this was also reflected in 1850s France. The Crimea (see Map 5) was hugely important for public awareness of battles, too.88 It produced the Victoria Cross, Britains premier medal for extraordinary gallantry;89 there was much nationwide attention given to the first distribution of Victoria Crosses on 26 June 1856 to sixty-one recipients, and 522 had been awarded by 1914.90 Arguably, this followed the tradition established by

Napoleon 1 with the establishment of the Lgion dHonneur in May 1802 for distinguished military and civil service. Open to ordinary soldiers, sailors and civilians, it was awarded in five grades, usually with great ceremony and remains Frances premier decoration.91

Case Study of Russian Battlefield Tourism.

Early battlefield commemoration also developed in European Russia.

On the

field of Borodino (fought 7 September 1812) the widow of one of the Russian commanders first built a house in 1817, then a church, on the spot where her husband had died. A tradition sprung up of celebrating each anniversary of the battle with a

procession and the last rites near the hastily-dug soldiers burial pits. The Church, which remains preserved today (and is a throwback to the battlefield churches of a much earlier


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Map 5: The battlefields of the Crimean War (Source: Brig. Peter Young, A Dictionary of Battles 1816-1976 (London: New English Library 1977), p.575.

period in England), became the first monument at Borodino to commemorate the dead. 92 By 1839 a formal state-sponsored memorial was built at the site of the Raevsky Battery, the highest point on the battlefield, and dedicated in the presence of Nicholas I and 120,000 troops. Christopher Duffy has noted that monuments began to sprout on the

battlefield of Borodino, and in 1867, Tolstoy visited an already well-marked site when he was gathering material for his epic novel War and Peace.93 By the Centenary

celebrations (1912), some 33 monuments commemorating the various regiments and -153-

Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Three: The Evolution of Battlefield Tourism units of the Russian Army had been erected. The following year (1913) the French

Government was allowed to build a granite obelisk to the dead of la Grande Arme at the Schewardino Redoubt, Napoleons main command post during the battle, and where high-ranking French officers were buried immediately afterwards. Writing in 1972,

Duffy wryly observed of Borodino that the field is best described as a kind of Russian Gettysburg, part national shrine and part tourist attraction, complete with notice boards, monuments, souvenir stalls and vehicle parks94

Conclusion. Inspired by this third wave of anniversary and glorification of the past, increasing numbers of people started to visit historical sites of battle and heroism that they had read about. Battlefield visitors became the curious tourists, driven by nostalgia - unless Meeting their needs came in two forms monuments, and With this purpose in mind, it can be argued that

specifically next-of-kin.

(eventually) preserved battlefields.

earlier battlefield pilgrimage opened the door to Twentieth Century battlefield tourism. Hints of this development could already be seen with the popularity of the wax figures of Madame Marie Tussaud (1761-1850), where military heroes, such as Nelson and Wellington featured prominently in her displays95, and the popularity of Captain William Sibornes (1797-1849) models of the battle of Waterloo. His first model (now in the

National Army Museum) went on display in October 1838 in the Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly, London and a detailed guidebook was published at the same time; it later toured the country, and over 100,000 people paid to see it. A second, smaller model was


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Three: The Evolution of Battlefield Tourism exhibited with great success in London, Berlin and Dublin in 1845-51 and now resides at the Royal Armouries, Leeds.96

The appeal of battleground tourism (for government and people) now begins to make some sense. Not only was there a long historical and spiritual precedent for

pilgrims visiting battlefields, but latterly (from the early Nineteenth Century onwards), tourists were lured to battlegrounds, driven by waves of intense interest in history and contemporary military affairs (whether war with Napoleonic France, threatened war with France from the late 1850s, or other, distant wars in the Crimea, United States, France (1870), South Africa, or the Western Front after 1918). These developments and more are neatly captured in a 2006 review of Consuming Passions: Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain (2006), which commented that: The Victorians changed the world. They also changed the way they lived in itTheirs was an age when the benefits of industrialisation were reaped with extraordinary energy and enthusiasm: an age of innovationand, above all, prosperity. Prosperity brought many things, but most of all it brought time. And time brought Leisure with a capital L. Over the course of the 19th Century, a whole new world opened up to an ever-growing section of the population a world of retail choice, of travel for pleasure, of cultural and sporting diversion97

In the Twentieth Century, this battleground visiting habit increased with the availability of media images and the sight and sounds of the war, communicated through photography, cinema news reels and feature films, radio broadcasts, photojournalism and ultimately television; (today, we might add the internet). It is also worth observing that the ease of intra-country travel must have begun to assist tourists in comparing what they read in print or saw on film, with the reality of the battlefields they witnessed on their


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Three: The Evolution of Battlefield Tourism tours.98 It can be argued that military tourism (and its cousin, heritage tourism) are

linked inextricably to interpretations of history, politics, and identity. Thus, the opening of any kind of historic site to visitors can help create a collective memory of the past and help to forge a nation or cultures understanding of its present and therefore, future direction. REFERENCES
Count Maurice de Maeterlinck (1862-1949), inner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1911, cited in HCSC 1 course booklet, p.10. 2 Lt Col Howard Green MC, The Cockpit of Europe, (Devon: David & Charles, 1976), p.6. 3 James Howell, Instructions for Forreine Travell. Shewing by What Cours, and in What Compasse of Time, One may Take an Exact Survey of the Kingdomes and States of Christendome, and Arrive to the Practicall Knowledge of the Languages, to Good Purpose (London: Printed by T.B. for Humprey Mosley, 1642), in the British Library. See also, JP Vander Motten, James Howells Instructions for Forreine Travell (1642): The Politics of Seventeenth-Century Continental Travel, (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1997), pp. 115-24. 4 Green, op cit. 5 Daniel Defoe, A Tour thro' the whole island of Great Britain, divided into circuits or journeys. Giving a particular and diverting account of whatever is curious and worth observation, Particularly fitted for the reading of such as desire to travel over the island (improved edition, London: Printed for D. Browne, T. Osborne, C. Hitch and L. Hawes, C. Millar, J. Buckland, J. Rivington, T. Longman, T. Lownds, T. Caslon, G. Kearsley MDCCLXI). 6 J.H. Andrews, Defoe and the Sources of His Tour, The Geographical Journal, Vol. 126, No.3 (September 1960), pp. 268-277. 7, accessed 20 November 2004. The Culloden memorials now evident are all 20th Century creations. Visits by the author, October 1996, August 2000, and August 2002. There was also a curious link between Culloden and a battlefield memorial on the Somme (1916). On the edge of High Wood is a cairn to the 1/9th Highland Light Infantry, that commemorates the 192 Glasgow Highlanders killed here on 15 July 1916. Built in 1972, its form is derived from a Scottish Highland custom that required each warrior going into battle to add a stone to a pile, each survivor removing one afterwards; the remaining stones representing the number of casualties. The cairn in France is made up of 192 stones hand-picked from the fields around Culloden and, symbolically, is exactly 5 feet 7 inches high - the minimum height for recruitment to that battalion. See Martin & Mary Middlebrook, The Somme Battlefields (London: Penguin books 1994), pp.170-1, and Major and Mrs Holts Guide to the Somme (Barnsley: Leo Cooper revised edition 2003), p.566. 8 Morgan, op cit. 9 The text on the memorial reads: To the immortal memory of his renowned Grandfather and valiant Cornish Friends, who conquered, dying in the Royal Cause, July 5th, 1643, this Column was dedicated by the Hon. George Grenville, Lord Lansdown, 1780. Visit by the author to Lansdown Hill, November 2002. 10 See Peter A. Lloyd, The French Are Coming: The Invasion Scare 1803-5 (Tunbridge Wells: Spellmount 1991). 11 Visit by author to Glenfinnan Monument, October 1996 12 Oxford University Press Edition, 1983. 13 Ryan notes that the first sheets of pre-coloured paper soldiers, that the owner would then snip out, were designed in Strasbourg in 1799 and that from the earliest years of the Nineteenth Century, their popularity grew until by mid-century, some of the larger European firms were printing literally millions of sheets [of soldiers] a yearTheir subjectswere soldiers they had observed first-hand, as the Napoleonic armies


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passed back and forth through eastern France See Edward Ryan, Paper Soldiers. An Illustrated History of Printed Paper Armies of the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries (London: Golden Age Editions 1995), p.13. Flat metal and paper soldiers that slotted into bases (and their accoutrements such as horses, cannon, bands, wagons and tents) gained in popularity, with the industrial revolution enabling mass production; they remained finely-produced, hand-painted figures of great accuracy, originally serving as toys for the young children of affluent families throughout Europe, who used them to replicate battles. This anticipated the start of many a military career, in battles to and fro across the nursery floor - notably that of Winston Churchill, who recorded in My Early Life (1930), I was now embarked on a military career. This orientation was entirely due to my collection of soldiers. I had ultimately nearly fifteen hundred. They were all of one size, all British, and organized as an infantry division with a cavalry brigade (Winston S. Churchill, My Early Life, London: Odhams Press 1963 edition), pp. 24-5. James Opie states that flat tin armies gave way to lead soldiers, made from a hollow-cast technique devised by William Brittain in 1893. Nuremburg (i.e. flat) model soldiers were incorporated into Prussian kriegsspiellen at an early stage, with strict ratios (depending on the scenario) of one to five, ten or thirty, at military academies from the early 1800s. (James Opie, British Toy Soldiers: 1893 to the Present. An illustrated Reference Guide for Collectors, London: Arms and Armour Press 1985). 14 John Zarobell, review of Charles Langlois 1789-1870. Le Spectacle de lhistoire Exhibition Catalogue 2005, Muse des Beaux-Arts de Caen, in Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, Volume 5/Issue 1, Spring 2006. See 15 In 1793 Robert Barker had invented and patented the idea of a huge, 360-degree painting, that literally surrounded the viewer, which he named a Panorama (the first use of the term), to be displayed in a purpose-built rotunda. Visitors bought a programme containing a verbal description and a fold-out plan of the circular painting on canvas, highlighting its main features. In his Leicester Square rotunda, Barker displayed the Battle of Agincourt Panorama in 1805, whilst in 1814, the 12-page brochure for Barkers latest extravaganza read: Hurry, Hurry - Come See the Patriotic Panorama! Description of A View of the Battle of Vittoria, and the great victory gained by the Marquis of Wellington over the French army under Joseph Bonaparte, now exhibiting in Henry Aston Barkers Panorama, Leicester Square. By early 1816, the Barkers were charging visitors sixpence apiece to see their newly-commissioned Battlefield of Waterloo Panorama. Their Panoramas (and those of other rival entrepreneurs) became one of Londons best-known attractions for over sixty years, lasting well beyond the Crimean War; the key to their success was apparently to change the canvas at least every year, in response to contemporary affairs; not infrequently the subjects were battles, reflecting a public thirst for military matters. Specialists firms of artists developed, skilled in painting giant panoramas; judging by the best-known surviving Panoramic painting (at Waterloo), the vivid canvasses seem to have been the next best thing to visiting an actual battlefield beyond the bounds of possibility for most. Barker and his son made a great deal of money from the Panorama idea, which was extensively copied throughout Europe and the Americas. See Bernard Comment, The Panorama (London: Reaktion Books 1999) which contains many illustrations of Nineteenth Century military panoramas. The idea eventually gave rise to the Cyclorama, where the panorama moved slowly around the static visitors. Effectively, Panoramas and Cycloramas were virtual battlefield excursions; three battlefield panoramas have somehow survived and are located at Waterloo, Gettysburg and Borodino. 16 Maurice Samuels, The Spectacular Past. Popular History and the Novel in Nineteenth-Century France (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press 2004), p.19. 17 His paintings, sketches and photographs were the subject of an exhibition at the Muse dOrsay in 2004. 18 Tony Wolf, A Grand Assault-at-Arms: Tournaments and Combative Exhibitions in Victorian England, article in The Journal of Manly Arts, August 2001 (in the British Library). See also the excellent Judith Flanders, Consuming Passions: Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain (London: HarperCollins 2006) and, accessed 1 August 2006. 19 Betty T Bennett, British War Poetry in the Age of Romanticism: 1793-1815 (New York: Garland Publishing 1976), which contains her selection of 350 poems from this brief era. 20 Robert Southey and the Politics of Heroism, monograph by Andy Evans, Ohio State University,, accessed 14 June 2006. 21 Several major monuments were erected in Nelsons honour long before the famous statue in Trafalgar Square (built 1840-43); these include ones at Glasgow (1806), Dublin (1808), Birmingham and Montreal


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(both 1809) and Great Yarmouth (started before his death, completed in 1819). See also Simon Schama, A History of Britain Volume 3 The Fate of Empire 1776-2000 (London: BBC Books 2002), pp. 112-115. 22 Lt-Col Gordon was mortally wounded by a cannon ball. The memorial erected by his family consists of a fluted column standing on the only patch of ground which retained its original height before the construction of the Lion Mound. Access is given by a stone stair of 23 steps. Last visited by the author, October 2005. 23 Andrew Roberts, Napoleon and Wellington (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2001). This author possesses an inhabitants pass ticket, issued to an ancestor of his for the Funeral of F.M. the DUKE OF WELLINGTON, allowing the Bearer through the Barriers, on foot, to No. 82 Fleet Street, up to the hour of Eight OCLOCK, issued by DW Harvey, Commissioner of Police of the City of London, City Police Office, Nov. 18, 1852. This underlines the extent of the preparations for crowd control, more reminiscent of the Twentieth than the mid-Nineteenth Century. 24 Simon Schama, A History of Britain Volume 3, op cit, pp. 109-110. Also relevant here are Geoffrey Cousins The Defenders. A History of the British Volunteer (London: Frederick Muller 1968) which traces a long pedigree of British volunteer forces, observing that in the absence of conscription, the public enthusiasm for drilling and wearing uniform in times of crisis was much greater than it otherwise might have been, even if the professionalism was lacking. Ian F.W. Becketts Riflemen Form! A Study of the Rifle Volunteer Movement 1859-1908 (Aldershot: The Ogilby Trusts 1982) analyses a later wave of patriotic volunteering. He observes that the Volunteer movement rose in strength from 161,000 in 1861 to a peak of 288,000 in 1901 (during the Boer War) and that for much of this period 1:100 of the population wore uniform as an auxiliary soldier. These later waves of patriotic enthusiasm also fuelled interest in military affairs and no doubt contributed to Volunteer officers visiting Waterloo and elsewhere. Books such as Brevet-Major G.F.R. Hendersons The Campaign of Fredericksburg, November-December 1862: A Study for Officers of Volunteers (London: K. Paul, Trench, and Company, 1886) surely also reflected and stimulated battlefield visiting habits. 25 I am indebted to Professor Anthony Grayling of Birkbeck College, London, for reminding me of Southeys poem in this context. See W.A. Speck, Robert Southey, Entire Man of Letters (London: Yale University Press 2006). 26 First published 1799. More commonly known as poem No. 216 in Francis Turner Palgrave (ed.) The Golden Treasury of the Best Songs and Lyrical Poems in the English Language (London: Macmillan 1875). 27 Robert Southey, The Poets Pilgrimage to Waterloo (London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown 1816) 28 In 1828, Gordon (a noted socialite) published A Companion for the Visitor at Brussels with Notes of a Tour in Italy (London: Hunt and Clarke, 1828), 198pp, which included notes on Waterloo. 29 J.A. Sutherland, The Life of Sir Walter Scott: A Critical Biography (Oxford: Blackwell, 1995) 30 Walter Scott, The Field of Waterloo; A Poem (Edinburgh; Printed by James Ballantyne and Co. For Archibald Constable and Co. Edinburgh; And Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, and John Murray, London, 1815). There was an initial run of 6,000 copies which appeared on 23 October 1815. The poem sold well and went into a third edition by the end of year 31 See Fiona MacCarthy, Byron: Life and Legend, (London: Faber 2003) 32 Written between 1812-1818. 33 Joanna Baillie, A Collection of Poems, Chiefly Manuscript, and from Living Authors, Edited for the Benefit of a Friend (London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1823). Lines written on the Field of Quatre Bras, 1821 appears on pages 242-4, but is unattributed. 34 Stendhal was the pen-name of the Frenchman Henri-Marie Beyle (1783-1842). 35 Samuel Edwards, Victor Hugo: A Tumultuous Life, (New York: David McKay 1971), p. 210. 36 Patrick Rambaud, The Battle, translated from the French by Will Hobson (London: Picador/Macmillan 2000; first published as La Bataille, Paris: Editions Grasset et Fassquelle 1997), pp.298-301. See also: Michael Tilby (ed.), Balzac, (1995); and Graham Robb, Balzac: A Life (1994). 37 Edward Cotton, A Voice From Waterloo: a History of the battle Fought on the 18th of June 1815, with a Selection from the Wellington Dispatches, General Orders and Letters Relating to the Battle, Illustrated with Engravings, Portraits and Plans. Numerous editions printed for the author, Mont-St-Jean: 1846, 278 pp. Revised edition, (ed.) Stanley Monick, Naval and Military Press, 2001, 227pp. Monick has arranged the book into three parts - Part A Introduction, Part B Cotton's account, Part C Notes and finally a


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comprehensive 32-page index. The Introduction is a major work in itself, extending to 100 pages or nearly half the book. Cottons account of the battle takes up 57 pages and is a general history rather than personal reminiscence. Although much involved in the fighting (he had a horse shot from under him), Cotton makes little reference to his own experiences. His work was warmly received when it first appeared and is a well-written and graphic account. There are many footnotes: both in the original text and those added by the editor, explained in detail in Part C. 38 Sir Richard Hussey Vivian, later 1st Baron Vivian of Truro (1775-1842), who commanded 6/Cavalry Brigade at Waterloo. Cotton served in the 7th Hussars of 5/Cavalry Brigade. 39 Quoted in Cotton, A Voice, op cit. It has not so far been possible to identify which edition, but The Naval & Military Gazette and Weekly Chronicle of the United Service was published weekly in London from 1833 1886. Cotton was buried in the grounds of Hougoumont Chateau, until his grave was relocated in 1890. 40 Hon. Claud Vivian, Richard Hussey Vivian, First Baron Vivian: A Memoir (London: Ibister and Company 1897). 41 A Sketch of the Battle of Waterloo To Which Are added Official Despatches of Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington; Field Marshal Prince Blcher; And Reflections on the Battles of Ligny & Waterloo (Brussels: Gerard 1842). In the Library of the East India Club, St Jamess Square, London. 42 See Piers Rendon, Thomas Cook: 150 years of Popular Tourism, London: Secker & Warburg, 1991, Chapter Two; also Edmund Swinglehurst, Cooks Tours: The Story of Popular Travel, Poole, Dorset: Blandford Press, 1982. Ironically, by 1884 Thomas Cook was creating battlefields as well as visiting them, for in this year, he arranged to transport a force of 18,000 men up the Nile to relieve General Charles Gordon. 43 David W Lloyd, Battlefield Tourism, op cit, p. 20. 44 Charles Mackay, LLD, Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions And The Madness of Crowds (London: Richard Bentley, 1841, Second Edition, London: Office of the National Illustrated Library, 1852). Wordsworth Paperback edition (introduction by Professor Norman Stone), Hertfordshire 1995. 45 Mackay, Memoirs, op cit, p. 702. 46 Mackay was also reflecting a growing Nineteenth Century mood that it was ordinary people that made and influenced history, not just monarchs and the few touched by greatness, or political and religious ideas. The appearance of commemorative obelisks to iconic leaders, referred to earlier, also supports this thesis. This trend is best emphasised by the appearance of two national institutions commemorating the achievements of ordinary individuals. The first was the founding of the National Portrait Gallery in London (1856), whilst the second was the arrival of Volume One of the Dictionary of National Biography, published in London on 1 January 1885. Hugely popular, successive volumes appeared quarterly until Midsummer 1900, when the initial series closed with Volume 63. Both gallery and dictionary included a considerable number of soldiers and sailors; additionally other notable public figures were often portrayed in military (or quasi-military) uniform. 47 Mackay, op cit, pp. 701-2. 48 Dean MacCannell, The Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class (London: Macmillan 1976, 2nd edition 1979). 49 A. V. Seaton, War and Thanatourism: Waterloo, 18151914, article in the Annals of Tourism Research, Vol. 26/1 (1999). 50 Charles Spencer, Blenheim: Battle for Europe (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson 2004), pp. 340-1. 51 See Rudy Koshar, Leisure, Consumption and Culture, Oxford and New York: Berg Publishers, 2000. For example, the copy of Belgium and Holland, including the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg: Handbook for Travellers, First edition (Leipsic: Karl Baedeker; London: Dulau & Co., 1869), in this authors possession, contains two very good Annotated Sketch Maps showing the Actions at the battles of Quatre Bras and Waterloo. Similarly, in Baedekers The United States with an Excursion into Mexico: Handbook for Travellers, With 19 maps and 24 plans, First edition (Leipsic: Karl Baedeker/New York: Scribner, 1893), there is an excellent Map of Gettysburg, Final attack of first Day and Battle of Second Day. In the British Library. 52 AV Seaton, War and Thantourism: Waterloo 1815-1914, op cit, p.153. 53 Sir Edward Creasy, Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World: From Marathon to Waterloo, Landpost Press paperback edition (1992). Creasy was educated at Eton and Cambridge, and called to the Bar in 1837. He


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became Professor of History at Kings College, London in 1840 and in 1860 Chief Justice of Ceylon, when he was knighted. 54 The comic operetta The Pirates of Penzance by Sir Arthur Sullivan (music) and Sir William Gilbert (libretto) was first performed in 1879. 55 The publishing history appears in the authors illustrated (1905) edition, published by Macmillan. 56 Philip J. Haythornthwaite, The Colonial Wars Source Book (London: Caxton Editions 2000), p.350. 57 Architecture, too, reflected a new love affair with the past, especially Augustus Welby Pugins (18121852) Gothic Revival, inspired by the builders and craftsmen of the Fourteenth Century. He harked back to a lost mediaeval world of virtue, grace and integrity in sympathy with Carlyle, the great Victorian art historian, John Ruskin (1819-1900) and designer William Morris (1834-96). Pugin joined Sir Charles Barry (1795-1860) in redesigning the Houses of Parliament which had been burned down in 1834, and many country houses in a self-conscious historical style, which looked back, not forwards. 58 The military, militia and yeomanry were frequently called upon to quell unrest, until the establishment of the Metropolitan Police (date) and county constabularies (dates). 59 Richard III is assessed to be one of Shakespeares earliest plays, written c. 1592 and first published in 1602. 60 Henry V was first performed in 1599. 61 Gary Taylor, Reinventing Shakespeare: A Cultural History from the Restoration to the Present (London: The Hogarth Press, 1990). 62 Details from the RUSI website,, accessed 14 July 2006. 63 See its website,, accessed 14 July 2004. 64 See its website,, accessed 14 July 2006. Its stable mate, The Historical Association, was founded surprisingly late, in 1906. 65 The American Historical Association (AHA) was founded in 1884 and incorporated by Act of Congress in 1889. See its website,, accessed 14 July 2006. 66 Of equal relevance is that many English county archaeological or history societies trace their foundation dates to the mid Nineteenth Century, including the Cambridge Antiquarian Society (1840), the Archaeological and History Societies of Oxfordshire (1839), Lincolnshire (1844), Suffolk (1848), Essex (1852), Leicestershire (1855) and Shropshire (1877), and the Archaeology Societies of Sussex (1846), Norfolk (1846), Chester (1849), Surrey (1854), Worcestershire (1854), Kent (1857), Yorkshire (1863) and Berkshire (1871). 67 Copies of most editions held in the British Museum Newspaper Library, Colindale. Catalogue at, accessed 29 June 2006. 68 Les Haywood, Francis Kew, Peter Bramham, John Spink, John Capenerhurst & Ian Henry, Understanding Leisure (Cheltenham: Stanley Thornes, Second Edition 1995), p.171; Alan Rogers, This Was Their World, op cit, pp.222-237. 69 Alan Rogers, This Was Their World: Approaches to Local History (London: BBC Books 1972), pp.222237. 70 London: John Russell Smith & Liverpool: J. Mawdsley & Son, Castle Street, MDCCCLVII. Republished by Alan Sutton, Gloucestershire (1975). 71 Visit by this author May 2001. 72 David Cannadine has observed that the National Trust was one of several institutions founded in this historical revivalist period, concerned with recovering, preserving and celebrating various aspects of Britains cultural and environmental heritage, which also included the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (founded in 1877) and Country Life magazine (1897). See David Cannadine, Conservation: The National Trust and the National Heritage, Chapter 10 of In Churchills Shadow (London: Penguin Books 2003). 73 This originated from an international conference, Ancient Battlefields as National Treasures held at Leicester University in 1991. Plans to bisect the perfectly preserved battlefield of Naseby with a motorway link in 1992 acted as a spur and in 1993 the Battlefields Trust was registered as a charity. See the Battlefields Trust website,, accessed 9 July 2006. 74 Michael Stapleton, The Cambridge Guide to English Literature (Cambridge: University Press 1983), entries for William Cobbett and Rural Rides.


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As Simon Schama has wryly noted of the early Nineteenth Century: It was exactly at this moment [during the war with Napoleonic France] that the mythology of Merrie England, of the sceptred isle, was born, complete with especially passionate revivals of the appropriate shakespeare histories. Anything [Schamas emphasis] historical found an enthusiastic following, a market, as now, perhaps for the first time, the past became a pastime, but a serious pastime a way to discover BritishnessMeeting the craving to make contact with the ancestors, books on historical costume, furniture, sports, weapons and armour all appeared. After the great authority on mediaeval arms and armour, Samuel Rush Meyrick, was invited by George IV to reorganize the collection at Windsor Castle so that phantom knights could be stood beneath the big histories painted by Benjamin West, an entire generation of country gentlemen went to their barns and attics to clean the rust off ancient swords and helms and reassembled them in their newly Gothicized Great Hall. As well as the chronicle of their own war, history had become patriotic entertainment See Simon Schama, A History of Britain Volume 3: The Fate of Empire 1776-2000 (London: BBC Books 2002), pp.110-112. 76 Although the London Gazette ran throughout this period (first published in 1665, remains in print today) consider, for example, that of the classic reference books, Burkes Peerage and Landed Gentry began in 1826, Dodds Parliamentary Companion in 1832, Bradshaws Railway Timetables date from 1839, as does Harts Quarterly Army List; Kellys Directories of the provinces commenced in 1845, Whos Who in 1848, Wisdens Cricketers Almanac in 1864, whilst Whittakers Almanac was first published in 1868; and of the classic, log-running periodicals of era valuable to historians today, Punch Magazine commenced in 1841, the Illustrated London News, the following year, The Economist in 1843 and The Field in 1856. The most immediate method for the transmission of military information was newspapers; their circulation increased after the reduction of newspaper duty to one penny in 1836 and climbed rapidly after its abolition in 1855. Different interpretations of history arose through the 19th Century, but they all contributed towards a fascination with the past. Firmly refuting history as the triumph of individuals, the Whig view of history instead saw the triumph of ideas taking events from an imperfect past to a more perfect present, and this school of thought was largely sponsored by the M.P. Thomas Babington (later Lord) Macaulay (1800-59), who had been Secretary of State for War in 1839. His three volumes of Critical and Historical Essays (1843) and five-volume History of England from the Accession of James II (1848-61) sold extremely well; volumes One and Two of his History of England sold over 13,000 copies in four months; volumes Three and Four sold 26,500 copies in ten weeks. Other prolific historians and biographers of influence, such as Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), John Ruskin (1819-1900) and the Rev. John Richard Green (1837-83), whose four-volume Short History of the English People (1874) had run to six editions by 1907, encouraged greater understanding and enquiry into the past, which had an effect on how battles and battlefields were visited and interpreted. 77 Raymond Chapman, The Sense of the Past in Victorian Literature, (London: Croom Helm, 1986), p.11. 78 The Times, 11 November 1890, quoted in the Journal of the Royal United Services Institution, Vol. LII, March 1908, pp. 305-308. This author has visited La Albuera battlefield four times between 2000-2004. 79 Haythornthwaite, op cit., p.355. 80 Major T.J. Holland & Captain H.M. Hozier, The Record of the Expedition to Abyssinia (London: HMSO 1870) 81 Narrative of the Field Operations Connected with the Zulu War of 1879, Prepared by the Intelligence Branch of the Quartermasters Department (London: HMSO 1881) 82 The first had been Rules and Regulations for the Movements of His Majestys Infantry (1792). 83 Anniversaries of battles were nothing new, although probably a 19th Century phenomenon. Whilst Punch magazine (founded 1841) observed the fiftieth anniversary of Waterloo, devoting a whole page cartoon to The Golden Wedding; Or, Fifty Years Jubilee of Peace on 18 June 1865, there is no evidence of British troops commemorating the 50th anniversary of Waterloo on the battlefield. 84 Haythornthwaite, op cit., p.341. 85 Written at Farringford, Freshwater, Isle of Wight in October 1854, as Tennyson read newspaper accounts of the battle. Original manuscript in the University of Virginia Special Collection. 86 William Howard Russell (1821-1907) was an Irish journalist working for The Times in Ireland, serving as their parliamentary reporter from 1843. With the outbreak of the Crimean War (1854), he was sent by his paper as a special correspondent to the British forces, and his despatches via telegraph from there were enormously significant: this was the first time the public could read about the reality of warfare within a



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day or two of the event. (Wellington, for example had written his own despatches from the Peninsular, which took up to six weeks, and Waterloo, which took four days). Public opinion, stirred by Russells ground-breaking reporting led the Government to improve the standard of care for British troops on operations. He was close to Lord Raglan, whom he avoided criticising, but was disliked by Codrington, who became commander in 1855. Russell's dispatches from the Crimea will remain his most enduring legacy as, for the first time, he brought the realities of war, both good and bad, home to readers. Thus he helped to diminish the distance between the home front and remote battle fields, which may have stimulated more interest in battlefield visiting (though probably not to the Crimea). Russell left Crimea in December 1855; in 1856 he was sent to Moscow to describe the coronation of Tsar Alexander II, and in the following year went to India where he witnessed the siege of Lucknow (1858). In 1861 Russell observed the US Civil War, returning in 1863; he retired as a battlefield correspondent in 1882, stood unsuccessfully as a Conservative candidate for Parliament, and founded the Army and Navy Gazette. He was knighted in May 1895. 87 The Charge of the Light Brigade was first included in Maud and Other Poems (London: Edward Moxon 1855). 88 It was also the Crimean War that brought cigarettes to Britain, when soldiers and sailors returned with a new style of smoking tobacco in tissue paper, shown to them by their Turkish and French allies and Russian prisoners of war. There has always been a close association between tobacco and soldiering. As many have observed, the nicotine acts as an appetite supplement, keeps servicemen awake when they are drowsy, a cigar, cigarette or pipe gives a soldier something to fiddle with in times of anxiety (a modern equivalent would be an executives stress-ball) and the act of lighting cigarettes, often at night, gives troops a much-needed moment of intimacy and comradeship, though accompanied by risk. Tobacco and cigarettes particularly became objects for barter, hugely necessary in a military environment, shorn of the consumables of civilian life and are an international sign of friendship, common to all cultures. Primarily an urban and military vice during the preceding decade (the word cigarette dates from 1842) in France, after the Crimea, cigarettes soon challenged the era of snuff, pipes and cigars, and Bond Street shops in London began soon to hand-roll and promote the new habit. The first cigarette factory was established by Robert Gloag in London in 1856 and Chris Mullen has noted in Cigarette Pack Art that the first surviving Nineteenth Century cigarette packets most frequently included military names. These included Lusbys Iron Duke, inspired by the Duke of Wellington; Martins Glory Boys (which depicted a Victoria Cross); Archers Zouaves (French colonial troops on the packet); Players Navy Cut, Copes Man of War and Lambert and Butlers Gunboat (all with naval illustrations); and Smiths Forage Cap (which depicted military uniforms). Military imagery on packets also inspired pre-First World War cigarette sales, when the smoking habit was at its peak. For example, Ogdens Guinea Gold and Wills United Services both featured Field Marshal Lord Roberts and later Lord Kitchener. Nathans British Heroes and Players Drumhead also date from this patriotic, militaristic era which was echoed in Germany, America and France, where the winged, Gallic war helmet (still evident today) first appeared on a packet of Gauloises before 1914. Cigarette cards (first introduced by WD and HO Wills in 1886) were offered by most manufacturers from 1888 featured military badges, flags uniforms, heroes and warships, and in their golden age (1900-17), such cards were obsessively military. In other words, in the precise era when smoking was developing as a new, glamorous habit with mass appeal, it was very closely associated with the military a reflection of and further stimulus to the widespread public interest in military affairs and battles. This would result in Princess Marys despatch of 335,000 embossed brass cigarette boxes (containing 20 cigarettes, a pipe, an ounce of tobacco, lighter and a card) to all British Empire troops on active service for Christmas 1914. However, it was not just cigarette advertising that hijacked the military. This was an era when everything from Camp Coffee Essence, Bovril, Cadburys Cocoa and Birds Custard Powder to Huntley & Palmers Biscuits, Keens Mustard, Bryant & Mays Safety Matches and Victory Lozenges enlisted a soldier or two in their artwork to promote their consumables to a patriotic marketplace. See Chris Mullen, Cigarette Pack Art (London: Galley Press 1979). 89 As Stanley Weintraub has observed in Albert, Uncrowned King (1997), although it was Victoria who desired the medal, it was the methodical Albert [who] designed it and composed the Royal Warrant, which referred to officers or men who have served Us in the presence of the enemy and then shall have performed some signal act of valour or devotion to their country Significantly it was the Nineteenth Century which saw British campaign medals awarded to all who had served in a particular war, with bars


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for specific battles (previously the state awarded gold medals to senior officers and some limiteddistribution private medals were also struck). The first was the Waterloo Medal, initiated by Wellington, and issued in 1816-17; the Military General Service Medal was for the 29 separate engagements of the Peninsular War, but only granted in 1847 and issued to surviving soldiers the following year. There was a Crimean Medal, authorized in 1854 whilst the war was in progress. The relevance of these awards was the status they bestowed on the recipients, who could (and as early lithographs and photographs suggest, did) wear them with pride in public. Thus there was heightened awareness of war in Victorian England via the medal-wearers and the associated ceremonies when they were awarded. See Stanley Weintraub, Albert. Uncrowned King (London: John Murray 1997), p. 325. 90 Details of all medals and awards from Captain H. Taprell Dorling DSO, RN, Ribbon and Medals, Naval, Military, Air Force and Civil (London: George Philip & Son Ltd 1916; numerous editions since), pp.20-23; 53-5; 58 and 64. 91 Ibid, pp. 195-6. 92 The widow was Margarita Michailovna, wife of Maj-Gen. A. A. Touchkov of the Second Army of the West, who immediately started to search for the body of her husband, but between November 1812-May 1813, the local militia were also when the winter snows permitted - burying the dead, afraid of disease spreading from the estimated 50,000 men and 36,000 horses that then lay on the battlefield. Consequently her husband was never found, but she was so devastated by what she saw that she sold all her estates and property and in 1817, built a house where she was told her husband had been killed. Her church dates from 1820 and later became the Borodino Convent. In 1961 the battlefield became an official museum-reserve, administered and protected by the Russian Government; today, it contains nearly 68 square miles of protected land and buildings, including some 300 recreated military positions and fortifications, bearing explanatory plaques, and monuments, along with a museum in Borodino village. Footage Farm Ltd also has some very early Russian newsreel footage that shows Nicholas II attending the 1912 centenary celebrations at Borodino. See Borodino 190 that Great Battle under the Walls of Moscow, article by Eman Vovsi, in the Napoleon Series Review (an online magazine reviewing books, magazines, miniatures, games, periodicals, web sites and CD ROMs currently in and out of print on the Napoleonic era), at:, accessed 17 July 2006. Annual Borodino reenactments each September have become very popular indeed since the advent of glasnost in the late 1980s. 93 Christopher Duffy, Borodino and the War of 1812 (London: Seeley, Service & Co Ltd 1972), pp.163-4; I am grateful to Toby Macleod Esq for bringing this volume to my attention. 94 Duffy, Borodino, op cit, p.172. 95 In France, Tussaud had created wax death masks of the Revolutions prominent victims. Apparently, she would search through corpses to find the decapitated heads of the citizens which the death masks were to depict. Unable to return to France after a visit to London in 1802, she travelled throughout Great Britain with her collection of wax sculptures, eventually establishing a permanent museum in Baker Street. See Teresa Ransom, Madame Tussaud: A Life and A Time (Stroud, UK: Sutton, 2003). 96 The large model incorporates 75,000 small tin figures (1 figure for every 2 soldiers), each one about 10mm high and hand-painted with absolute regimental accuracy. See Peter Hofschrer, Wellington's Smallest Victory: The Duke, the Model Maker and the Secret of Waterloo (London: Faber & Faber 2004). 97 Matthew Sturgis, review in The Sunday Telegraph of 13 August 2006, Seven (arts supplement), pp.32-3 of Judith Flanders, Consuming Passions: Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain (London: HarperCollins 2006). 98 Sometimes this gap between perception and reality was shockingly wide; for example in an oft-quoted story, when Lt-Gen. Sir Launcelot Kiggell (Haigs Chief of Staff of the British Armies in France, 1915-18) visited the muddy, corpse-ridden morass of the Third Ypres battlefield in 1917, he allegedly broke down in tears, exclaiming, Good God, did we really send men to fight in that? The story illustrated the fact that Haigs staff (allegedly) rarely visited the battlefields on which they sent troops to fight. The tale may indeed be apocryphal, but was perceived by many to be the truth and has been repeated by writers, including JFC Fuller and Leon Wolff (Leon Wolff, In Flanders Fields (London: Longmans, Green and Co, 1958) and a review of it in Time Magazine 13 October 1958). Haig and his staff did visit the terrain before battles, but some staff officers and headquarters personnel would not have done, so observations of the perception/reality gap remain valid.


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook If the mind is to emerge unscathed from this relentless struggle with the unforeseen, two qualities are indispensable: first, an intellect, even in the darkest hour, retains some glimmerings of the inner light which leads to truth, and second, the courage to follow this faint light wherever it may lead Carl von Clausewitz 1832 1

CHAPTER FOUR From Clausewitz to Cook

German Staff Training In Clausewitzs Principles of War (1812), the Prussian military philosopher had written, Only the study of military history is capable of giving those who have no experience of their own a clear picture of what I have just called the friction of the whole machine...2 The proximity of key battlefields (where large numbers were involved or

history was shaped) to cities virtually dictated that local soldiers would acquire the habit of visiting them professionally, and it should therefore come as no surprise that a central European power, Prussia (surrounded in her eyes at least by numerous foes), developed the idea of visiting process and that the Americans (with their numerous Civil war battlefields) continued them. Walter Grlitz notes that as president of the

Militrakademie from 1801, amongst the reforms that Gerhard Scharnhorst (1755-1813) introduced were staff journeys for staff officers.3 They were begun sometime after

1809, dropped in the euphoria of a peaceful post Napoleonic era, but the practice was


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook revived by Friedrich Karl, Freiherr von Mffling4 on his appointment as Chief of the General Staff in 1821. According to Grlitz, Mfflings staff journeys reflected the

anxiety that Prussia might be attacked by a coalition of enemies on several fronts.5 Certainly, between 1858 and 1869, Helmuth von Moltke,6 as Chief of Staff of the Prussian General Staff introduced annual staff rides stabsreisen - that considered hypothetical situations, based upon possible plans of operations against Prussias enemies.7 These were staff training activities and not necessarily tours of battlefields per se, but explored the same themes as would be encountered in war, over wide areas of suitable territory (potential battlefields, some of which in time became actual battlefields; Gumbinnen, Metz and the Ardennes are a good examples of this). The point was that

this type of exercise was training staff officers, who in order to appreciate every aspect of a campaign, were required to remain mobile, in other words ride (as did all field-grade officers and above, in any case). Sitting atop a mount brought the rider not only status and much-needed mobility, but elevated him so as to gain a significantly different view of the terrain. Staff rides were as much about teaching the officer to acquire a military eye for the ground as practising them in staff work or tactics. The concept was exported to Britain and the US surprisingly late, as Moltkes mounted rides were translated as Moltkes Tactical Problems From 1858-1882 and published in London in 1903.8

In early Nineteenth century Prussia, staff rides did not stand alone, but were incorporated by Mffling into annual cycles of war games kriegsspielen - using sand tables, where integrated staff solutions of real and hypothetical problems, combined with horseback examination of historical battlefields tested junior officers tactical sense,


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook initiative and leadership. The extraordinary run of victories that Prussian and German

armies managed to achieve in the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries, from triumphs over Napoleon at Leipzig (1813) and Waterloo (1815), to quick, decisive victories over Denmark (1864), Austria (1866) and France (1870) and the stupendous efforts of both world wars are ascribed to the training of its officers, specifically its General Staff officers, all of whom undertook staff rides as part of their formal military education. Grlitz (in his early post-Second World War study, History of the German General Staff)9, identified the effect of the French Revolution on military thought amongst Prussian officers and the growth of huge citizen armies in the Napoleonic era, which required a specialised staff to handle and move them. Grlitz ascribes a long continuity to the Prussian/German General Staff and interprets the General Staff as becoming an institution for whom war became an end in itself.

Holger H. Hervig observed, from Thomas Carlyle to Martin van Creveld, Prussian-German military prowess has attracted more than its share of homage from soldiers and military historians alike.10 Studies either portray (prior to the formation of the Bundeswehr in 1955) how Prussian/German militarism went wrong, or how efficient it was. In both cases, academics and the military were searching for simple

interpretations to either beware of in the future, or to harness against the Soviet war machine, should the need arise. John Wheeler-Bennetts masterful study of 1954, The

Nemesis of Power, the German Army in Politics 1918-45, contains three quotations in the introduction which underline the authors view that Prussian/German militarism sprang from a long, aggressive tradition of which the Wehrmacht was the inheritor.11 Therefore,


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook early Cold War historians have tended to see the techniques used to train the key enablers of this aggressive tradition (i.e. the General Staff) as crucial to understanding the nature of German militarism itself. Revisionist historians question whether there is any actual continuity in German foreign and military policy and suggest that the Third Reich period (at least) was a break with the past, rather than continuity12.

Wargaming. However, little has been written about the techniques of war games or the staff rides themselves, though all commentators agree on their importance. Post 1870, other armies began to model their officer education on the German-Prussian example, so effective had this proved, which included the introduction of formal, outdoor staff rides. Hans Georg Model acknowledged these antecedents in 1968,13 though his study only began with the post-First World War period, but his conclusion was that certain elements of the officer education including the staff ride - were firmly grounded on older historical models that had proved their utility in war. Many other commentators have

observed the continuity of Prussian/German officer training, including David Hall, who ascribes the birth of this process to the formal establishment of the Prussian Kriegsakademie in 1810.14 He argues that the staff ride was one device that grew out of the kriegsspiel, a strategy board game that itself evolved from chess.

Lt-Col. David Lee traced the evolution of chess from an Indian board game, via a warlike board game, devised in 1664 by Christopher Weikhmann of Ulm, to the tactical sand table, which was introduced in Prussia in 1811 by Baron von Reisswitz and later


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook developed by his son, both officers.15 The sand table was to a specific scale and was in

effect a map grid. In his Masters thesis, Col. Wilbur Gray has noted that Leutnant von Reisswitz introduced the concept to his contemporary Leutnant Helmuth von Moltke (of the Topographical Bureau) who founded a war game club (Kriegsspieler Verein) in 1828, which published its own periodical.16 When von Moltke became Chief of the Prussian General Staff in 1857, war-gaming and its associated concepts became enshrined in Prussian officer training on an annual basis. It was a small step to take the kriegsspiel outdoors, both to visit actual battlefields (as Frederick the Great had done) or test students with staff work problems in real terrain. Robert Foley observes that both war

game and staff ride complemented one another as students witnessed theory nurtured in the classroom torn to pieces by Clausewitzian friction on real terrain and in war.17

Andrew Wilsons key survey of this subject, Wargaming (1968), was motivated by contemporary issues of simulating nuclear war. First published as The Computer and the Bomb, his first two chapters trace the evolution of war gaming in Prussia/Germany as a form of preparation for war. He recognises this is a crucial distinction, for in

peacetime armies, activities such as the formal staff ride prepare those who have not experienced the Clausewitzian fog, chaos and friction of war, whereas post-war, students are analysing what they have already experienced. Staff rides are therefore a form of

simulation, and as taught in Prussia, most often focused on war at the operational level. Wilson argues correctly that Moltkes untried and relatively unorthodox methods were proven by the three wars of unification fought from 1864-70, whilst the Prussian army was still learning its trade. But the wars against Austria (1866) and France (1870)


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook changed this.18 Moltke had achieved something more than walking old battlefields with men who had fought on them he had learned how to use battlegrounds to train another generation.

It was the 1870 victory against another major power that made the world sit up and take notice of the Prussian army and its training methods. This victory was in part attributed (correctly) to the training of staff officers, as devised by von Moltke (the elder) during his lengthy time as Chief of the General Staff (1857-87). The Prussian General Staff system - inherited from Scharnhorst and developed by Gneisenau and Clausewitz gave the General Staff quasi-autonomy within the much larger War Ministry. Entrance to the Kriegsakademie for the three-year course was by competitive examination (by contrast up to the First World War, many British candidates for Camberley were nominated for selection, rather than examined). Of the Kriegsakademies graduates

(around a third of the 150 who had been admitted), the top twelve from each years class were selected for further training over two years as General Staff officers and were given an understanding of what later came to be called the operational level of war. After they had participated in the annual staff ride under the personal supervision of von Moltke (or his successors) three or four candidates only were made permanent members of the General Staff.19 Much of their operational perspective was attained via staff rides, as

well as map exercises, war games and real-time large-scale manoeuvres. By 1870, most brigade and divisional commanders had studied under Moltke, as had all their Chiefs of Staff. The result was a hitherto unprecedented uniformity of doctrine within the Prussian senior command that went to war in 1870.20


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook Staff Rides. At this stage, the terminology of outdoor visits is confusing, as Col. Dominic R Sette has noted, in that war tours (kriegsreisen), staff tours (stabsreisen), training ground travels (bungsreisen im Gelande), tactical practice rides (taktischen bungsritten), tactical training walks (taktischen bungsgangen) battlefield studies and historical rides all refer to the same genre of activity.21 Translation of these terms into English in the

late Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries by the US and British armies further complicate the issue, with terminology including regimental tours22, practice rides23, practice tours24, tactical walks25 and staff tours26, entering common currency, and all meaning roughly the same activity, usually away from an actual battlefield, unless the words historical or battlefield appear in the title. Whilst the English language is

vague in its terminology for staff rides and battlefield tours, Germanic precision indicates the exact nature of each activity, if not necessarily on an actual battlefield. Staff rides

were for staff officers and tactical rides for junior and non-staff officers. Rides were of short (one-to-three days) duration, tours were longer events, often exceeding a week in the saddle.27 Arguably, the German staff ride tradition was even older. Herwig has

observed how under Frederick William I (ruled 1713-40) the Prussians annually went through formal autumn or spring manoeuvres, beginning with staff work exercises.28 Christopher Duffy in Frederick the Great: A Military Life has noted how his son, Frederick the Great (ruled 1740-86), in the 1730s walked the battlefield of Fehrbellin, 'where he sought to recreate the events of 1675 by walking the ground in the company of old men who had seen the Great Electors famous victory.29


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook Carl von Clausewitz. Carl von Clausewitz (1780-1831) is an important starting point for an assessment of the importance of a formalised education for military staff officers. Prior to the

Prussian system, officers in general and staff officers particularly were of an enormous range of abilities and operated completely independently from one another, responding to the (often eccentric) whims of individual commanders, which hampered the coordination of forces on campaign.30

Figure 4.1: Carl von Clausewitz; still considered influential enough in German history to merit a (West German) postage stamp on the 150th anniversary of his death in 1981. (Source: authors collection). In the Napoleonic era (and into the Crimea for the British) the armies, corps and divisions of most countries were commanded by contradictory and rival personalities, who fought (or avoided combat), driven by different agendas. Their own staff officers (who were, in effect, little more than aides) reflected the competing visions of how their troops should operate on the battlefield, hence the novelty of successful, co-ordinated


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook staff work in the Franco-Prussian war. Roger Parkinsons biography outlines the impact Gerhardt von Scharnhorst, Clausewitz and Prince August von Gneisenau had on the Prussian army of their day, but does not examine the specifics of their reforms. Crucial to understanding the Clausewitz that emerges from Parkinson and from Michael Howards definitive translation of On War is the fact that his own experiences as an officer in the Prussian army shaped his writings and thought. He witnessed combat for the first time as an ill-prepared 13-year old infantry ensign (fahnenjunker) at the siege of Mainz (1793) and later at Auerstdt (1806), where he also observed the shoddy and confusing staff work that contributed towards a crushing Prussian defeat.31 His desire in promoting a military education that would better prepare his successors for war can be understood in this light. In Chapter Two, the author observed that Hew Strachan32, Robert Foley33 and Terence Zuber34 have shown how staff rides under Schlieffen and the younger Moltke, (see Figure 4.2, nephew of the architect of the 1870 victory) - immediately prior to the 1914-18 war - also became the vehicle for staff officers to work through possible alternatives in their annual revisions of Germanys war plans. Thus, the term staff ride to the German General Staff embraced more than just staff training in the open air; they were very large-scale TEWTs for future battles, as well. The time and resources devoted to staff rides by 1914 also reflects the size of the German General Staff at that time, which numbered some 650 officers.35 Both Foley and Zuber who have opposing

interpretations of the significance of these pre-war staff rides (see Chapter Two) observe that Schlieffen (Chief of the German General Staff 1891- 1906)36 trained his officers in the field with both Denkshifts (studies) and Generalstabsreisen (rides for the


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook General Staff), which changed every year between 1897-1905, as he considered the alternatives for fighting a war on two fronts.37 Whilst other nations had perceived some

of the value of staff rides by 1914, it was unlikely that any realised that the Germans were also using them to test future offensive war plans.38 Ironically, this was the exact

opposite of the use that Mffling had seen for staff journeys in the 1820s, when he saw them as an opportunity for Prussia to test her defensive plans against aggressive neighbours.

Part of the early importance of staff rides is that they are also a measure

of the wide overseas influence of German staff techniques, which spread outside Germany following the 1870 victory over France.40

Figure 4.2: Postcard of Helmuth von Moltke (1848-1916) the younger, when Chief of the General Staff. The fact that a CGS was featured on a postcard illustrates the importance of the post in contemporary German society. (Source: authors collection) -173-

Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook American Staff Training. Waves of Scots immigration to the United States carried a sense of history with them and in 1815, Dr. William McLean purchased and erected a memorial on the Kings Mountain battlefield, South Carolina (fought 7 October 1780).41 In 1825 the

cornerstone of a monument at the Revolutionary War battleground of Bunker Hill, Massachusetts, (fought 17 June 1775) was laid with great ceremony on the 50th anniversary of the battle, although it was not completed and dedicated until 1843. An

earlier private monument erected on the site in 1794 was in commemoration of Dr. Joseph Warren, fallen patriot and mason.42 Between 1876 and 1886, the US Congress allocated funds to erect monuments in seven States, observing the centenary of eight Revolutionary War (1775-1783) battlefields.43 Interestingly, it was the visit of former

soldiers from Virginia and South Carolina to participate in the centennial celebrations for Revolutionary War battlefield of Bunker Hill in 1875 that led to the first Civil War reunions, where veterans of both armies met for the sole reason of rejoicing that they were no longer foes.44 Whilst Waterloo was perhaps the first battlefield anywhere to be consciously preserved, in 1886, the American Judge David Schenck (1835-1902) determined to buy the site of the battle of Guildford Courthouse, North Carolina (fought in 15 March 1781) to redeem the battlefield from oblivion and formed a company which duly purchased thirty acres of former battlefield the following year. The company was formed, for the benevolent purpose of preserving and adorning the grounds on and over which the battle of Guildford Courthouse was fought and the erection thereon of monuments, tombstones, or other memorials to commemorate the heroic deeds of the American patriots who participated in this battle for liberty and independence45


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook Glenn Small Homewood has observed that whilst C-in-C of the US Army (18691883), Gen. William T. Sherman (1820-91) encouraged his staff officers to return to the Civil War battlefields to work out what had happened in an engagement, get inside the minds of the field commanders and learn lessons that could be applied later. It was

during his tenure as C-in-C that Sherman founded the School for Application of Infantry and Cavalry at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1881.46 confusing and has altered over the years. US staff ride terminology is

The conduct of a staff ride on an actual

battlefield was not, initially, necessary and the earliest designated staff rides were not battlefield visits at all, but Tactical Exercises without Troops (TEWTs), occasionally conducted on battlefields - but this was not a requirement - the overall aim being to exercise staff officers on horseback, hence the original terminology. Homewood

observes that until the battle of Normandy, Gettysburg was probably the most studied battlefield for staff ride purposes.47 The proximity of battlegrounds to military

academies and training institutions particularly those of the US Civil and FrancoPrussian wars led to the staff ride and battlefield tour merging; the mix of staff training and military history at a single location was advanced by the setting up of Americas first national battlefield parks at the end of the Nineteenth Century. The original four parks established were Chickamauga and Chattanooga (1890), Shiloh (1894), Gettysburg (1895) and Vicksburg (1899). These parks, and others subsequently established, were to serve as lasting memorials to the armies of both North and South that had fought in the Civil War of 1861-4. The four parks were each adjacent to war cemeteries, of which Gettysburg was perhaps the most famous. There, during the war, on 19 November 1863, the Soldiers


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook National Cemetery was dedicated in a ceremony where Abraham Lincoln (1809-65) delivered his notable Gettysburg Address. The cemetery was completed in March 1864 when the last of 3,512 bodies were interred. Although termed a national cemetery in May 1872, when its administration was transferred to the US War Department, it holds only Union dead. That the parks passed into the responsibility of the US Secretary of

War was therefore not surprising, but significant, for Congress also passed a measure in 1896 that specified that the parks and their approaches [were] to be national fields for military maneuvers for the Regular Army of the United States and the National Guard of the States.48 In connection with the national military parks scheme, on 14 February

1896, Representative John P. Tracey of Missouri49 made the connection between historical terrain and military education. Chickamauga-Chattanooga Tracey said, as a theatre for military instruction, with its 10 square miles of battlefield and 40 miles of approaches, it can not be excelled. No other government owns such a theatre of notable engagements. A months campaigning for practical study on such a field of maneuvers by the Corps of West Point cadets, where lines of battles and the movements in the engagement of nearly every organization of each side have been ascertained andmarked with historical tabletswould be worth an entire course in textbooks on the strategy of a campaign and battle tactics 50 To assist this instruction, the US War Department erected hosts of plaques that described the units, their leaders, and their contributions. Veterans groups and many In commending the battlefield of

state governments also erected monuments, so that by the 1890s Gettysburg had one of the largest outdoor collections of bronze and granite statues anywhere in the world. Virtually every Union regiment, battery, brigade, division or corps has a monument, generally placed where that unit made the greatest contribution (as judged by


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Map 6: Eastern Theatre of the US Civil War - battlefields discussed in the text. The principal battles under examination are Gettysburg (Maryland); Antietam (also known as Sharpsburg, in West Virginia); Manassas (or Bull Run), Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, all in Virginia. The surrender took place at Appomattox. Source: American Military History (Washington DC: US Army CMH 1985), pp.194-5.


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook the veterans themselves). Most also have markers placed to show their positions in

defensive lines or for their assaults. There are fewer Confederate monuments on the battlefield, because the initial emphasis was to preserve the land on which the Union army fought, and the Southerners were reluctant to place monuments where the Union Army defeated them; former Confederate soldiers were also poorer than their Union contemporaries after the war, so instead they erected state monuments. The result is that there are over 1,600 monuments and markers on the field, making the battle easy to understand for soldiers and civilians alike. In 1933, control of the battlefields was

surrendered by the War Department to the National Park Service of the US Department of the Interior, where it remains today.

In parallel with the post-Civil War US Army use of Gettysburg and other Civil War battle sites, a thriving tourist industry developed immediately. In the case of

Gettysburg, this occurred even before the war had finished. Immediately after the battle, thousands of Northern relatives arrived in search of their dead and wounded; in their wake followed the curious. This was rarely the case with other battle sites, because most battlefields were located in the South, where civilians were engaged in fleeing from Northern troops, or had not the means to travel to the combat zones. Gettysburg was not only in Northern territory, but close to the capital, Washington, and the other major eastern cities which provided most of the Union forces. For this reason of proximity to

a large urban area, after the war Gettysburg became the most popular tourist destination of all the US Civil War battlefields, in the manner of Waterloo, post 1815. The railway handbill, Figure 4.3 (below) illustrates this well, and dates from c.1888, the 25th


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook anniversary of Gettysburg. Tourism was aided by a railway spur constructed to the

battleground, and three great reunions at the battlefield for the 25th, 50th and 75th anniversaries.51 Veterans of the US Civil War earned a living until the early 1900s

escorting the curious around their battlefields.

For example, in November 1913,

Capt. Arthur Lloyd-Baker in the Volunteer Battalion of the Buckinghamshire Light Infantry undertook his own private tour of the USA and Canada, spending two weeks visiting Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Harper's Ferry, Bull Run (Manassas) and Gettysburg, guided by those who had (supposedly) fought there fifty years earlier.53

Figure 4.3: Western Maryland Rail Road advertising handbill, illustrating the tourist interest in Gettysburg battlefield. It dates from circa 1888, the 25th anniversary of Gettysburg. (Source: authors collection)


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Figure 4.4: Gettysburg anniversary bibles that were issued to veterans, nextof-kin and US Army soldiers attending the 50th anniversary celebrations, which were led by Brig-Gen. Joshua Chamberlain, Medal of Honor winner, for his leadership of 20/Maine Regt. at Gettysburg. (Source: authors collection).

Figure 4.5: The oldest printed evidence this author has seen of organised tourism to Gettysburg (1863) a handbill of 1893 though visits started as soon as the battle was over. (Source: authors collection).


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British Staff Training. In the first Occasional Paper published by the Strategic & Combat Studies Institute (SCSI), Dr Brian Holden Reid in 1991 produced an important survey of war studies at the Camberley Staff College, 1890-1930.54 He contends that 1880-1914 was a golden intellectual era of British military education when Spencer Wilkinsons In The Brain of an Army55 and the translation of The Duties of the General Staff56 by Bronsart von Schellendorf57 found wide circulation.58 The Staff College (Figure 4.6) was then

limited to thirty places a year, but until the creation of the General Staff in 1906, there was little incentive to gain a place.59 Holden Reid observes that it was the Staff College

lecturer Col. GFR Henderson60 who developed a justification for the study of military history which has stood the test of time remarkably well. In his [Hendersons] view, the study of the military past was both a substitute for actual experience of active service, and an aid to the understanding of the moral dimension of leadership61 Henderson argued that military history lends the student the ability to assumethe responsibilities of the leaders who were called upon to meet these situations; to come to a definite decision to test the soundness of that decision by actual event62 Hendersons historical output

included his Campaign of Fredericksburg, November-December 1862: A Study for Officers of Volunteers, 63 and The Battle of Spicheren August 6th 1870, and Events that Preceded it: A Study in Practical Tactics and War Training,64 which, as the titles suggest, were not military history for its own sake, but an attempt to use the past to study military leadership and other skills. A biographer of Henry Wilson65 (a future Commandant and CIGS) described Henderson as:


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook a persuasive speaker [who] exercised a profound and lasting effect on almost everyone who heard his lectures His hero [Stonewall] Jackson made an instant appeal to Staff College studentsHenderson soon succeeded in making him the most admired commander in British eyes since Napoleon, and a potent influence on Wilson [also Robertson, Rawlinson, Haig and Allenby] and his generation66 William Robertson (another future Commandant and CIGS) later recalled Hender as he was familiarly known to us, was a past-master in his work, and his lovable and unselfish companionship was of itself a moral and professional education of life-long benefit. He was devoted to his pupils67; whilst James Edmonds (the future Official

Historian) observed that on his arrival at the College in 1896, Kiplings Jungle Book had recently appeared, and we found that the Commandant, tall and gaunt and given to long walks by himself, was called Achela, the lone grey wolf;Henderson, large and cheery [was known] as Balu, the bear[he] was a really brilliant and unconventional lecturer: he never told us what we could read for ourselves in books, but tried to extract experiences, using the story as a basis. When lecturing on the Waterloo campaign, for instance, he suggested what Stonewall Jacksonwould have done had he been Grouchy 68 Henderson seems to have been an innovative teacher, unconsciously employing and encouraging each stage of Kolbs Concrete Experience (CE), Reflective Observation (RO), Abstract Conceptualisation (AC), and Active Experimentation (AE), cycle (discussed in Chapter One). After his death in 1903 a collection of his essays and

lectures appeared under the title The Science of War, with an account of his life by FM Earl Roberts, who observed that the birth of Hendersons outdoors teaching technique was established earlier in his career, Henderson spent three most useful years at Sandhurst [1889-92]. His teaching was not limited to lectures in the classroom. A practical soldier himself, he felt that theory and practice should go hand in hand and that demonstrations in the field were necessary to the perfect


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook comprehension of his theoretical teaching; accordingly he obtained permission to take the cadets out skirmishing and patrollingAs at Sandhurst, so at the Staff College, Henderson introduced original methods of teaching. He added largely to the practical out-of-door work, and in his personally conducted tours to the battlefields of the campaigns upon which he had been lecturing, his intimate knowledge of the ground and his splendid memory for detail enabled him to describe to his auditors what actually took place, with a realistic directness which created a lasting impression on their minds.69 The fact that it was one of the Empires foremost soldiers - FM Lord Roberts (who was not a Staff College graduate, but had won a VC in the Indian mutiny and whose son had just been awarded a posthumous VC in the recent Boer War)70 - penning these words underlines not only how well Henderson was regarded but the extent to which Hendersons teaching methods generally and his battlefield tours specifically had become accepted as mainstream officer education techniques.71

Figure 4.6: Picture postcard of the Staff College, circa 1900. (Source: authors collection).


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Laudable though Henderson and his writings may have been, Duncan Anderson has drawn attention to the fact that his books seem also to have been an attempt to prove the superiority of manoeuvre against every other operation of war;72 his Fredericksburg book ignores the later attritional trench warfare (which included mining, tunnelling, trenches and cheveux-de-frise more commonly associated with the Great War) around Petersburg, whilst his work on the Franco-Prussian War, stopped at 1 September 1870, with the capitulation of the French at Sedan, completely ignoring the fact[that war continued] into the following spring.73

It is indeed tempting to hijack Holden Reids further argument promoting military history - that in studying the higher levels of war, military history offers a better vantage point than experience itself when considering the immediate utility of staff rides. The platform is loftier, and every phase of warfare from the marches of great armies to the forays of the guerrilla, come under observationAnd in this process the application of the principles of warbecomes a matter of instinct.

Holden Reid suggests that

practical experience, tracing cause and effect, supplemented by staff rides, was of far greater value in Hendersons opinion than the simply passive experience of listening to lectures.75 The trouble was, Holden Reid concludes, that after Hendersons premature

death in 1903, there was too much teaching of Military History for its own sake at Camberley, and no sustained effort was made to extract the lessons which might be applicable to modern war.76 suggests an alternative view. Yet a detailed examination of the Staff College archives


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook The First Overseas Tour. The Staff College77 mounted two different kinds of expeditions away from Camberley to enable its students to put theory into practice. The first of these were the Staff Tours or Staff Rides (the term appears to have been interchangeable), which commenced in 1895 - large scale TEWTs held in the United Kingdom - which were, as Brian Bond has observed, in imitation of a system of training that had been in vogue for years in Germany and has been called the best means ever invented of teaching officers their duties in the field.78 The other kind of major exercise was the annual battlefield tour. The Staff College practised staff work on staff rides in the United

Kingdom, whilst the annual visit to the European battlefields was a separate activity more associated with military history. As there are no extant Staff College archives for this

period, there is considerable debate as to when the first Staff College-organised battlefield tour took place, which is important for this thesis. Nick Evans asserts it

seems possible that Gen. Hamley began them during his period as Commandant (187077). Hamley as an instructor at Camberley 1859-65 made several Napoleonic battlefield tours and was keen to increase the courses practical nature.79 Students also undertook these in their leave; Evans observes that Redvers Buller whilst a student at Camberley had made a tour of the 1870 battlefields as early as 1873, but in a private capacity.80 Yet, we know that the domineering Duke of Cambridge, C-in-C of the army (1856-1890) had taken against the Staff College and possibly, by extension, Hamley (indeed after his tour of Commandant at Camberley, Hamley received no military appointment until Wolseley secured the command of an army corps for him in the autumn manoeuvres of 1882), and thus the Duke would not have looked favourably on any attempt to extent


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook Camberleys curriculum.81 The most likely contender as initiator of British military

battlefield visiting seems to be Col. JF Maurice (a serving officer and published military historian), who was appointed Professor of Military Art and History at the Staff College in 1885, by his friend the Adjutant-General, Sir (later FM the Viscount and C-in-C of the army) Garnet Wolseley (1833-1913),82 who had commented, the officer who has not studied war as an applied science, and who is ignorant of modern military history, is of little use beyond the rank of captain.83

Although there is no claim (according to his sons biography of him) that Maurice himself, rather than Hamley, pioneered foreign tours as part of the Camberley syllabus84, Jay Luvaas has observed that Maurices predecessor was steady, persevering but uninspiring 85 and that the well-connected Maurice (who had previously written military history, been an instructor at Sandhurst and had campaign experience) was appointed as a new broom, to improve the level of instruction.86 Whilst Commandant Hamley is

credited with introducing the Prussian kriegsspiele concept to Camberley,87 and possibly also that other Prussian-inspired training method, the staff ride (staff tour, or TEWT) at the same time, it is not unreasonable also to assert that it was Maurice (not the outcast Hamley) who initiated the first Camberley-organised battlefield tours in 1885 as the new professor. He certainly had plenty of external support (from Wolseley) for innovations like a foreign tour of Franco-Prussian battlefields, whilst the baleful influence of the Duke of Cambridge was on the wane. Maj-Gen. Sir John Adye (a contemporary of

Horace Smith-Dorrien in 1887-8) later recalled of Maurice, In my day there were only four military professors at the college, and of these the most accomplished was undoubtedly Col. Maurice, the


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook professor of military history, who had a great brain and great knowledge of the military art, but unfortunately, was not a good lecturer or at all easy to follow.88 And yet, and yet. In his brief centenary Story of the Staff College 1858-1958, its Librarian, Lt-Col. FW Young asserts that In 1881the first battlefield tour took place; a party was conducted by Col. [Lonsdale] Hale to Metz and its neighbourhood.89 Young does not cite his sources and no documentary evidence has been uncovered in the Staff College archives (so far) to support this claim; nor does there seem to have been any sudden stimulus to commence touring battlefields several hundred miles distant at considerable expense. Perhaps 1881 was a one-off, or an unofficial venture? Besides, Metz and Mars la Tour with Lonsdale Hale may have been a mixed blessing. JFC Fuller later recalled in The Army in My Time (1935)90 that Col. Lonsdale Hale had so minutely studied the Franco-Prussian War that he could inform an enquirer of the exact position of all the German and French units down to companies at any given time during 1870 and 1871.91 Fuller called this meticulous memorisation of detail for its own sake, the

Lonsdale Hale Convention, which he saw as a pernicious influence within the Staff College, rendering the many advantages of historical illumination completely sterile.92 Whilst James Edmonds credited Hale with the first use of the phrase Fog of War, in a lecture he gave about the Prusso-Austrian War of 1866,

Hales influence continued

long after his retirement from the army, for he then proceeded to run a crammer school in South Kensington preparing students for the Staff College exam, which (as Wavell later recalled) in 1908 totalled eighteen three-hour exams on obligatory and chosen subjects.94


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook So we are not sure, but can place the earliest Camberley tour within an 1881-5 bracket. Certainly in 1885, Col. Maurice arrived at the same time as Capt. (later Maj-

Gen. Sir) Charles Callwell, a student in 1885-6 (and the future author of Small Wars), who remembered Maurice as somewhat absent-minded, a bad man to go visiting foreign battlefields with; his interpretation of a time-table was of the sort which lands you at some hole-and-corner wayside station in time to meet an up-train which when it steams in turns out to be a down-train95 Callwell (writing in 1923) recalled that his first few

months at Camberley passed without our undertaking any practical work other than some mild surveying and military sketching, for one declined to accept the digging of shelter trenches as practical work for officers who were under training for the staff,96 but at the end of the year during the long summer leave, he visited the Franco-Prussian battlefields on his own, although his class was due to visit them in the course of the following year. I repaired that first summer to the Continent to make acquaintance with the principal battlefields of the Franco-German War, not having crossed the Channel since Haileybury daysWith that part of the German Official Account of the campaignsecreted in a pocket, it was possible to follow the course of quite minor tactical incidents on the ground. They have no doubt lost much of their interest from the professional point of viewbut in one respect visiting their scenes in 1885 was a more illuminating experience than is visiting what is left of the Western Front of 1914-18. Sedan, Mars la Tour, Gravelotte, Wrth, Spicheren, all of them remained practically as they had been when they were being immortalised by the encounters around them of 1870. Landmarks had not been obliterated, nor was the surface of the ground scarred and pitted by huge shell-holesthose battlefields of Alsace-Lorraine presented exactly the same conditions as they hadwhen the struggle took place97 The battlefields are illustrated at Map 7 (below). Amongst Callwells colleagues was Capt. Herbert Plumer (later FM Viscount Plumer of Messines)98 - who himself was a


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook regimental contemporary of GFR Henderson, the future Staff College lecturer. Another exact contemporary, Capt. Charles Court Repington99 recalled of this era, We had a particularly nice set of fellows thereWe had all served in different parts of the world, and we learnt a lot from each other. We all worked hard, and the Librarysupplied us with all the literature we required. The healthy open-air lifethe interesting companionship combined with two years freedom from regimental duty in which we had wasted so much of our time without profit, were all a great attraction.100 This mention of learning from each other is a good example of Vygotskys zone of proximal development (where individuals achieve more with the help of knowledgeable others than they can do alone), and is also an illustration of Gardners interpersonal intelligence at work. The Camberley students borrowed the civilian

traditions associated with visiting Waterloo, leaning heavily on the travelling facilities offered by Messrs. Thomas Cook & Co., and apparently, these early tours led first by Maurice, then Henderson, were voluntary, or for a selected few). In 1885 Callwell met up with the Camberley senior division in Metz, who had embarked on adventures foreshadowing the bottlefield tour variety of the 1950s and 1960s, At Metz there was a select official touring party belonging to the second year at the Staff College installed, and to this I attached myself official parties had their expenses paid, pursued their studies with the assistance of the Camberley Professors, and were a prerogative of the seniors. While at Metz two tough centurions of the party one evening accepted the hospitality of a German cavalry mess, and they evidently spent a lurid night. They looked as if they had the next morning. For after being obliged to sample every known brand of wine and liqueur during the early hours of darkness, they were moved on to the beerswilling stage which lasted until dawn.101


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Map 7: The FrancoPrussian War battlefields, 1870-1. (Source: Richard Holmes (ed.), The Oxford Companion to Military History (Oxford: University Press 2001), p.318

This mention of Metz in the summer of 1885 by Callwell provides the first evidence of a Camberley-organised tour to a battlefield. Capt. Callwell returned to the 1870 battlefields in 1886 with the Camberley senior division, observing, Mars la Tour was to my mind the most interesting to seebut all of them were well worthy of a visit and required to be taken very quietly, map and book in hand.102


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook The Early Tours. Wine also dominated the memory of another Staff College student three years later; on the 1887 tour with Maurice, Capt. (later Maj-Gen Sir) John Adye recalled, Our annual visit to the Continent to go over some of the battlefields of the Franco-German War was also very interesting, and I particularly remember some excellent Burgundy we got in a delightful small spa in the Vosges.103 Six years after that, in 1893, Capt. Henry Wilson (the future Commandant) entered Staff College, the year that Col. Henderson took over as Professor of Military History and Tactics. Maurices son is quite clear that Maurice pre recommended the like-minded Henderson as his successor and persuaded Wolseley to overcome objections that Henderson was too junior.104 Henderson

continued with the battlefield tours that Maurice had developed and Henry Wilsons biographer recounts that his subject in March 1893 proceeded with a party to visit the battlefields of 1870 [and his] baggage somehow went astray and that he therefore tramped these scenes of bloodshed in singular tail-coat, of obvious Irish extraction and fashioned out of a material of a violent nature, his long figure decked out in this garment (with his hands always clasped behind him under the tails) exciting no little astonishment amongst the peasants as they tilled their fields. He went on alone from Sedan to Brussels to view the field of Waterloo105 At the end of their course in 1894, Wilson and his contemporary Henry Rawlinson (another future Commandant) made a more leisurely tour of the 1870 battlefields and as the latters biographer (Maurice, the former Camberley historian) observed during this trip, the two saw something of the French and German Armies, and Rawlinson was much impressed by the German troops. The Germans, he wrote, are miles ahead of the French in organization, equipment and training, and both are miles ahead of us.


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook Our battalions are just as good as their battalions, but there we end. We live in watertight compartments, the infantry know nothing about the artillery, nor artillery anything about the infantry, the cavalry know nothing about either. In the big garrisons like Metz the troops are always working together, and their brigades and divisions are realities, not paper organizations like ours are.106 Rawlinson subsequently spent his post-course winter leave (1894) in the Mediterranean, returning home with his wife via Spain, visiting a number of Peninsular War battlefields.

Capt. Stanley Maude, who arrived at Camberley in 1895 enjoyed the practical work; reconnaissance, bivouac schemes, staff rides, were the order of the day107. His biographer supplies an educational validation of the kind discussed in Chapter One, which justifies the outdoor learning approach of staff rides (and, implicitly of battlefield tours): Framing an appreciation of a military situation, real or imaginary, always had a fascination for him, and he developed a great aptitude in the art. When on the war path in later years, the attention which he had given to this subject at the Staff College indeed frequently stood him in good stead; while campaigning in France, at the Dardanelles, and later on in Mesopotamia, he made it a habit frequently to draw up an appreciation of the situation in the theatre where his command was operatingThis practice made it easier for him to produce one at short notice if called upon by superior authority108 Capt. James Edmonds (a Sapper), who arrived at Camberley with the future field marshals Douglas Haig (of the 7th Hussars) and Edmund Allenby (6th Dragoons) in 1896, reminds us that not all the Camberley men in each senior year joined Hendersons overseas tour, but only: a selected party of good boys were taken on tour over the 1870-1 battlefields.109 This explains why not all memoirs of Staff College graduates

mention the battlefield tours because not all went on them (some later historians


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook erroneously - have taken the absence of any references to battlefield tours in memoirs pertaining to certain years to indicate that they did not take place annually). One of

Haigs biographers stated that Henderson was the outstanding personality on the instructional staff110 and (writing in 1929) that he was probably the finest teacher of the art of war that the British Army has yet produced. [He] taught and inspired not only by lectures and set schemes. He delighted in assembling round him small batches of the students, and discussing each problem with them.111 Hendersons varied teaching

methods provide us with a good example of (albeit unconsciously) recognising many of Gardners eight learning style intelligences (see Chapter One). It was also Henderson

who allegedly stated to Edmonds and others, there is a fellow in your batch [meaning Haig] who one of these days will be Commander-in-Chief.112 Allenbys biographer

asserts that Henderson and his course on strategy and tactics exerted an extraordinary influence and his theories made a deep impression on Haig and, to a lesser extent, on Allenby, both of whom relied on them when they held high command twenty years later.113 Hendersons notes on Strategy and Tactics were still being issued to

Camberley students in 1910, seven years after his death, as the Staff College archives testify. Capt. (later Commandant, and ultimately, FM Sir) William Robertson114

accompanied the last (as it turned out) tour guided by Henderson (who would die in 1903), in the summer of 1898. The senior divisionmade the customary visit to the principal battlefields of the 1870 war Wrth, Spicheren, Vionville, and Gravelotte under the guidance of Henderson. These visits enabled us to picture on the ground itself the operations which took place, and to grasp the lessons they taught far better than could be done by merely reading about them...I left England some days in advance, in order to see certain places of interest before joining the main party at Metz. We went first to Waterloo and Ligny, and afterwards spent a few days in the


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook Belgian Ardennes and Meuse valley, which was already recognised as a probable line of operations in the event of war between Germany and France 115 Of course, this region was to prove equally significant in 1940 and 1944, but even here Robertson was making history work for him and using the visit for more than just military history for its own sake.

The Post-Boer War era. A real tragedy is the fact that the Staff College archives date only from 1903, when it re-opened its doors after the Boer War; even then, they are erratic and unpredictable in the records they include; later weeding has deprived the scholar of much information as to what officers studied, apart from their own memoirs and a single history of the Staff College itself. It seems that the annual tour to the battlefields for the Senior Division (students passed from the Junior to the Senior Division halfway through their two-year course at Camberley) had become something of a tradition, but during the Boer War the College was run down, but not actually closed, as its staff and students mostly deployed to South Africa. During this period, the continental tours were

suspended for three years (1899-1901), but resumed in 1902.116 Each year consisted of three terms of ten or eleven weeks (January to mid-April, a months break then mid-May to July, summer leave, then October to mid December); the earliest battlefield tours had been mounted in August, but gradually the event moved to the Easter break; the earliest reference to a battlefield tour in the Staff College archives appears in the form of a list of participating students in the bound archives for 1903. (This appears as Appendix Two) As there is more detail from subsequent years (the 1907-1911 tour administrative


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook instructions have been retained in the Staff College Archives, which are identical for each year), there is no reason to think that the visits differed to any great extent for the entire 1885-1913 period during which tours were mounted to the Franco-Prussian battlefields, apart from the inclusion of extra destinations in Wully Robertsons day. The tour was preceded by lectures at Camberley on aspects of the Franco-Prussian war - which explored not just the operational level of the campaign and tactics (at Gravelotte, for example), but the function of headquarters and where leaders should place themselves in battle.117 The lionisation of the German commanders and consequent denigration of the French also amounted to a study of the principles of Mission Command, although both the term and concept were unknown in this period. battlefield tour, students were told that The battles of SPICHEREN, COLOMBY and MARS-LA-TOUR were brought about by the initiative of subordinate commanders. 1. Discuss the action taken by von Kameke, von der Gltz and von Alvensleben from the dual standpoint of (a) Discipline; (b) Tactics. 2. Show what if any essential difference existed in the judgement displayed by the three commanders concerned.118 Study of the exercise of unit and sub-unit command was repeated each year; in 1912 the Senior Division (prior to their battlefield tour) were obliged to Taking instances from the 1870 campaign up to and including 6 August, discuss the exercise or absence of initiative on the part of subordinate commanders and deduce any lessons which apply to our army.119 Starting in May 1902 (then led by Lt-Cols. May and Haking120), two parties - each of around 20 students - put up at the Villa Matthis, Niederbronn and the Grand Hotel de Metz, swapping quarters after four days.121 The diet was purely the 1870-1 war and For example, prior to the 1909

students roamed overseas in civilian garb; May later recalled of the 1902 visit,


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook Staff College Officers in the mass, in mufti, have never been an impressive sightin plain clothes the Staff College makes a sorry showOn the Continent the Staff College student seems to cast all restraint to the winds. The bluff, insular, conservative sportsman appears in the shaggiest tweeds and the most bizarre headgear, bedecked perhaps with salmon flies. Riding-breeches, knickerbockers, and very plus-fours appear cheek by jowl with biscuit colour and silver-grey trousers, with here and therespatsthough Colonel Mays party were unable to display plus-fours and Shetland pull-overs they were truly representative and could show some good examples of deerstalker caps, boaters, Norfolk jackets, and cycling knickers.122 On arriving at Metz, the above tour found, to their embarrassment, that an Imperial Review of German troops was in progress and that the Kaiser wished to meet the Staff College officers. The senior officer formed up his ragged-looking parade in line and called them out one by one. Whatever regiment he named, the Emperor had a surprising knowledge of its history, and after the introductions had the party placed in a proud position by themselves, close to the saluting point123 Upon return, students composed a memoir (apparently a lengthy essay, of up to 6,000 words); in 1905 they had to 1. Discuss, from the point of view of modern view, what you consider to be the most instructive lessons that you learn[t] from your visit to the battlefields in the spring. 2. Two lessons only should be deduced from each of the battles of KONIGGRATZ, WORTH, SPICHEREN & GRAVELOTTE, and one from each of the other engagements124 That the College continued to visit the Franco-Prussian battlefields with Henderson, rather than, say, Waterloo, was the direct result of his being a Franco-Prussian scholar rather than a Napoleonic one, as well as the fact that the former battles had a more modern feel about them. (He was also an American Civil War expert, but those What is interesting is that after

battlefields were impossibly far off in this era.)

Hendersons premature death in 1903, the College carried on with the Franco-Prussian


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook war. Perhaps this was stimulated by Henry Wilsons enjoyment of cycling round those quiet fields, but it was more likely that fact that the major threat in the 1903-13 period was Germany, with whom France had been at war in 1870-1. In 1815 at Waterloo, the Prussians had been allies rather than opponents; nevertheless there remained an obsession with travelling overseas to study a battlefield, when the United Kingdom could have offered many examples instead.

By 1908, the battlefield tour memoir was strengthened with the addition of a daily staff writing exercise: students were told that daily Intelligence Reports and War Diaries will, in future, be adhered to [in other words, written-up] on all Staff Rides from the Staff College.125 Other expeditions, not abroad, took the form of TEWTs; for

example in 1903 (and each year until 1913), the Senior Division held a three-day Staff Tour in Wales, examining Indian Frontier warfare and the staff challenges connected with it and another (called a Staff Ride) on the south coast, which studied an encounter battle with a Redland Force that had successfully invaded Southern England. In 1907,

lecture notes issued to students stated that their south coast Inspection Staff Tour was based on Radetzkys Italian campaign of 1849.126 Records of 1904 do not include details of the Senior Divisions battlefield tour, but the syllabus (approved by Col. Lancelot Kiggell, future Commandant from October 1913 until the outbreak of war)127 for the Junior Division in 1905 illustrates that they studied military history extensively, including Wolfes expedition to Quebec of 1759, the Waterloo campaign, Jackson in Virginia 1862 and the Austro-Prussian campaign of 1866.128 The wide range of historical examples

rarely changed: in 1913, the Junior Division were each asked to write a memorandum as


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook the military advisor to Jefferson Davis on the best way to defend Richmond from Union attack in February 1862.129 Another 1,500-word task the same year instructed students, Comparing Lees attack at Chancellorsville with Marmonts at Salamanca, bring out the essential causes of success and failure in each case and the bearing which they have upon the employment of enveloping tactics in battle at the present time.130 Exercises

included writing orders and appreciations of the 1866 war from the Austrian point-ofview; 131 and issuing orders to liaise with Blucher before Waterloo as a Staff Officer on the HQ of the Duke of Wellingtons Army [but with the advantage] that the telegraph is available.132 Lecture notes on overseas armies at this time noted that the regular US

Army was 61,968 strong, with a National Guard of 116, 542.133

Military History was linked to current developments; in November 1905, Senior Division students were asked to write a 40-page memoir on How far are the strategical and tactical lessons drawn from the campaigns of 1815, 1862, 1866 and 1870 confirmed, or modified, by the experiences of the recent war in Manchuria?134 Shortly afterwards in December 1905), Big-Gen. Henry Rawlinson135 arrived as Commandant, ushering in an era when three future military giants of the First World War (Rawly, Henry Wilson and Wully Robertson) held sway as Commandants at Camberley, whilst for the first time the instructors became Directing Staff (DS), a term that remains today. Jeffrey has observed that the three transformed the place into something approaching an effective, modern war school whose contribution helped to make the British army much more adequately prepared to go to war in 1914 than had been the case in 1899.136 Keith


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook The 1906 Junior Division had to State your views on the lessons of the South African and Manchurian wars as regards entrenching in the field.137 One of the 1906

Senior Division was Capt. (later Brig-Gen.) Francis Aylmer Maxwell, whose diaries of his two years at Camberley have been preserved, including the details of the 1906 battlefield tour between 25 April -10 May.138 Although we know from James Edmonds that only the selected good boys attended the battlefield tours (although this appears to have changed under Rawlinson or Wilson), Ian Beckett has observed that it was often the practice for students to spend their leave between Staff College terms in visits to foreign manoeuvres or battlefields. 139 Brevet-Maj. Tom Bridges140, for example, did

both and journeyed as far as the United States to view the battlefields of the American Civil War in 1905.141 With uncanny foresight the Senior Division in 1905 had to

Discuss the present relations of the powers of the world, and state what course of events you consider will be most likely to lead up to the violation of the neutrality of Belgium, and thus necessitate the intervention of Great Britain.142 This was followed by Hakings lectures on the Scheme for the defence of Belgium and a course in Imperial Strategy (with a reading list including Mahan on sea-power) and Tactics of Savage Wars (in other years this was Warfare in uncivilised countries), with direct reference to Callwells Small Wars.143 The Sudan Campaign of 1884-5 [was studied as] an illustration of

success based on careful forethought and commonsense application of means to an end. That of Adowa [scene of an Italian defeat inflicted by Ethiopia in 1896] of failure consequent on insufficient preparation.144


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook In 1905, Lord Kitchener (as C-in-C India) had lobbied for and got a Staff College for the Indian Army, which duly opened at Quetta two years later. There had been

objections that alternative military thinking might develop in an Indian Staff College to that of Camberley but Kitchener crushed dissent with his observation that the Army had no school of military thought in any case and got his way.145 The Quetta Staff College was to be subservient to Camberley doctrine and ideas, and follow its syllabus; clearly a visit to the Franco-Prussian battlefields was out of the question, but in April 1907, twenty students visited the Manchurian battlefields of 1904-5 and others toured those of the North West Frontier.146 From 1906 Rawlinson initiated a Joint Naval and Military

Tour with students of the Camberley and Greenwich Staff College together reconnoitring the coast, to select suitable landing places and witnessing the actual disembarkation of a token expeditionary force at Great Yarmouth (in later years this was at Cowes), the aim being to practice officers in the joint duties which the disembarkation of a British expedition on a foreign shore imposes on Naval and Military officers...147 Foreshadowing Gallipoli (six years later), the 1909 syllabus shows that officers were shown arrangements on the beach for disembarkation of an expeditionary force.148 This aspect of Joint operations (then, interestingly, referred to as Joint) underlines what could have been achieved with more integration of the two Staff Colleges, and appears to have been largely discontinued in the inter-war period.

Henry Wilson. In January 1907, Brig-Gen (later FM Sir and future CIGS) Henry Wilson arrived as Commandant and that years battlefield tour instructions are more complete and show


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook that apart from the travelling, students in two parties spent ten days exploring the 1870 battlefields with a mid-point rest day; destinations included Weissenburg, Wrth, Spicheren, Colombey, Mouilly, Vionville-Mars-la-Tour, Gravelotte-St. Privat and Metz149 (see Map 7), providing a neat chronological tour. A footnote observed that

Officers wishing to visit Waterloo must make their own arrangements to do so, either before assembling at Niederbronn, or after leaving Metz 150

Figure 4.7: Picture Postcard, circa 1920, of Sir Henry Wilson, when a Field Marshal. Source: authors collection.


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook Given an allowance for the tour, students were left to their own devices as to procuring tickets for the journey. Rundreise Tickets [i.e. round trip] can be obtained

from Messrs Cook & Sons and result in a saving of expense151 In the month prior to the April 1907 tour, students were given a series of Problems, which entailed issuing orders as a members of the French and German General Staffs. One of the students on Wilsons first tour was Capt. (later Gen. Sir) Charles Tim Harington152 of the Liverpool Regt., who had arrived in 1906 and recalled the strenuous physical exercise required at Staff College, When I was at Staff College no motor cars were allowed. We bicycled fifty miles a day three or four days a week and thought nothing of it. The idea of it was to see whether we could still write orders and appreciations, and still keep our tempers when we were tired after a long day. In later years, in the [August 1914] Retreat, and in those long and tiring days and nights of the war, I used often to think how much we owed to those old bicycles of the Staff College.153 As well as replicating some of the Clausewitzian friction of war, this is an example of Gardners different intelligences at work: the cycling and study mentioned in the passage implies a unique blend of the kinaesthetic, mathematical-logical, visualspatial and interpersonal skills. Henry Wilson (himself a fitness fanatic) was described by one biographer as a brilliantly clever, imaginative, versatile officer from Northern Ireland, possibly more politician than soldier, and with a flair for intelligencecheerful, amusing and a born raconteur.154 Archibald Wavell, a student who arrived (unusually

as a lieutenant) in January 1909 recalled his quick and agile brain and that he as more interested in higher strategy, in the relations between statesmen and soldiers, in the conduct of war at its highest level, than in details of staff work or tactics. He was

happier in dealing with the movement of great continental forces on a map that with the


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook manoeuvring of a brigade or division on the ground.155 From these descriptions, we

might describe Wilson in terms of Kolb (Chapter One), as a Converging learning type - a blend of Abstract Conceptualisation (AC) and Active Experimentation (AE) they find practical uses for ideas and theories; embrace new technology, experiment with new ideas, and in a military context, would enjoy war games and simulation. Wilsons close friendship with Ferdinand Foch, Commandant of the Ecole de Guerre Suprieure (whom he had visited on his own initiative in 1909) resulted in the import of Allez, allez exercises at Camberley, where students had to carry out tactical schemes at the double, replicating the pressure of war.156 Wavell recalled these and observed that there was a good deal of outdoor work, which the students did on their bicycles. Henry Wilson had introduced a practiceof having frequent small outdoor exercises with answers given unprepared, on the ground, by the students.157 Some of Wilsons Allez-Allez schemes Wilson was passionate about

are to be found in the relevant Staff College archives.

exercise and a keen cyclist; and habitually spent part of his summer holidays travelling by bicycle and train along the French and Belgian frontiers, to traverse much of the country that might conceivably become the theatre of war in the event of a fresh contest breaking out between the traditional foes.158 In 1909, for instance, he spent ten days travelling

from Valenciennes to Belfort; he visited other battlefields, apart from those of 1870, accompanied by one or more of his staff; Thus in 1908 he made a tour of the 1866 campaign in Bohemia Trautenau, Nacod and Sadowa and then travelled on to Brunn to view the scene at Austerlitz. In 1909 he visited the principal battlefields of Napoleons campaign of 1814 La Rothire, Montmirail, Vauchamps, and Champaubert.159


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook Wilson not only led the annual tours to the 1870 battlefields, but required students, on occasion, to run over them. According to his diary for 5 May 1909: My 45th birthday. We did Vionville- Mars la Tour [16 August 1870], lunching at the latter place and seeing a small field-day at Frescati on the way out. A beautiful day except for a high east wind. After lunch we went on to look at the statue which, I think, the most beautiful of all those on the battlefields, and then we ran von Bredows charge, Moreton Gage as v. Bredow and Henley and Hill Whitson as the two C.O.s [of the two Prussian cavalry regiments in the charge]. I took the extreme left, and so had much the furthest to go, and yet was easily first; Perks [Col. Perceval, DS of the Senior Division] coming next. No bad on my 45th birthday 2 miles over plough and young seed.160 Instructions for the 1909 tour are included at Appendix Three; they are identical to those of 1907-8. On Wilsons last battlefield tour, the charge was again re-enacted on foot, with Wilson himself and his assistants and the studentswearing serviceable country clothes and sturdy footwear,161 (Wilson bedecked himself in a creation in the loudest of checks, which was known to successive batches of Staff College students as the Wilson tartan)162 but accompanied by a German staff officer in full dress uniform, including double-breasted frock coat, boots and spurs, resembling more the occupant of a bandstand in a Rhineland garrison town in pre-war days. For this running business he was wholly unprepared. But he was not one to draw back when he saw a band of British officers and a general to boot start on foot at a smart double to traverse the ground over which von Bredows troopers had galloped to their death a generation earlier. Herr Kamerad doubled too, and he actually stayed the course.163 Writing in 2005, Brig. Mungo Melvin has observed that the Mars La Tour stand is still used today by the HCSC on its annual staff ride. Todays students, however, do not have to complete the run; rather, they stand somewhat in awe, captivated by Professor Richard Holmes epic account of the battle.164


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Wilson continued with his Continental touring habits and just before the outbreak of war in August 1913, when Director of Military Operations (DMO) at the War Office after attending French military manoeuvres motored with two others from Rheims to the Belgian frontier, through Luxembourg and into Germany via Trier and Aachen and back through the Ardennes, in precisely the area where he feared the next land war would develop.165 This observation may have more than a whiff of hindsight about it;

nevertheless, Wilson was an extremely insightful individual at the military-strategic level and it has to be said that he had been travelling the Franco-German-Belgian borders for many summers, with this sort of eventuality (another European war) in mind. In this

respect, the battlefield tours had another utility and were used as a cover by Wilson and his staff to assess the potential of terrain as sites for military operations, rather in the manner of the Duke of Wellington before Waterloo.

The syllabus had not generally altered in 1909, but more records have survived of the content, which included exercises as the DMI to the Duke of Wellington during Napoleons 1814 campaign, much work on von Moltkes planning during 1866, detailed studies of Austerlitz166, Salamanca167, the Lines of Torres Vedras168 and the assault on the Malakoff battery at Sevastopol169 (Map 5) as a model of a night attack; the Commandant, Henry Wilson (identified by his initials) issued orders for a memoir on the cooperation of the 3 arms on the battlefield, and the part which will be taken, in future wars, by the R.E170 and there was also much historical study on the use of cavalry, particularly during the Napoleonic era. This was a very much a live issue as a debate was raging as


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook to whether the cavalry arm should convert to a mounted infantry rle, rather than the flank protection, reconnaissance and shock-action tasks it then had.171 The success of

German cavalry was much explored in relation to 1870, including the occasional operational (referred to as strategical) impact it had on the campaign. In 1910,

although studying cavalry action at Ligny (1815) in the classroom, the later battlefield tour (to Metz and elsewhere) did not link-in with this lesson; its focus was 1870 and although students were encouraged to return under their own steam via Waterloo - Ligny was not mentioned and this extra battlefield visit was not, in any case, compulsory. The 1910 Junior Division also studied the significant English Civil War cavalry actions at Marston Moor (1644) and Naseby (1645) with the aid of notes, directed reading and detailed sketch maps; students later undertook a staff tour to the East Midlands, but there was no attempt to visit nearby Naseby (see Map 8). Indeed it is highly significant that no English Civil War battlefields were visited, even though they were accessible; were well-researched and documented historically; demonstrated significant manoeuvre and leadership skills at the tactical level; involved the interplay of the various arms (infantry, cavalry and artillery) in combat; and were in reasonably pristine condition. Both these instances, when other battlefields that related to coursework could have been toured, and were en route to other Staff College activities, but were not visited, suggests that it was only the 1870 terrain that was firmly lodged in the Camberley brain as worth visiting, for there would arguably have been no extra outlay in terms of time or cost to visit the others. One cannot but sense a missed opportunity here. The Quatre Bras-

Wavre-Ligny-Waterloo (see Map 4) quartet of battlefields would have made a particularly useful study both of differing examples of leadership and of the operational


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook level of war. The more so then, before the advent of the road network that bedevils these sites today. Being so close to the travel hub of Brussels, they would have been easy to access even a century ago. Yet, English Civil war battlefields at least were recognised destinations for civilians (and could have been usefully visited by Staff College, considering some were actually part of the curriculum) - as the postcard of Edgehill (fought 23 October 1642), illustrated in Figure 4.8 (below) shows.

Figure 4.8 (above): Photographic postcard of Edge Hill battlefield, posted in 1910, demonstrating the popularity of battlefields to civilian visitors. (Source: authors collection) Despite the meeting with the Kaiser during the 1902 battlefield tour, there remained the underlying Anglo-German tension; the 1909 syllabus contained several studies on the use of cavalry, railways (very much regarded as a German tool of war) 172 and an interesting paper,


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook as an officer of the Great German General Staff in Berlin you are asked to suggest, in the event of Germany meditating war with England, what hostile acts, if any, should be committed by the former before a formal outbreak of hostilities. Such acts are not intended to include naval operation against the English fleets at sea, but comprise all landing raids on the shores of the United Kingdom and naval operations against her ports and shipping lanes therein. It may be anticipated that France will throw in her lot with England.173

Map 8: English Civil War battles that Camberley students studied. (Source: Tristram Hunt, The English Civil War At First Hand (London: Orion 2003), p.1.


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook In 1909 Commandant Wilson also ordered a study of operations involving the employment of the British Expeditionary Force on the Continent of Europe but warned students that the schemeas outlined below, and all work connected therewith, must be regarded as SECRET.174 The scenario was that relations between France and Germany had become strained, but Germany was the aggressor; students had to prepare a memorandum for the Cabinet, setting forth the options available to the CIGS for deploying a BEF on the Continent.175 In a similar vein, Commandant Robertsons

outline for a war game exists from 1912, where the general idea (which was not SECRET, or restricted in any way) was that The relations between BLUELAND (Belgium) and REDAND (Rhenish Prussia and Luxemburg) have been strained for some time, and each country has mobilised its land forces. War may be declared at any momentBLUELAND has a fleet of 20 aeroplanes, whereas REDLAND has only 6176 This sense of tension is confirmed by the inclusion in the 1909 battlefield tour instructions of the (translated and highly bureaucratic) German Regulations for Foreign Officers Travelling in Germany; also appended were the equivalent French and Belgian laws clearly there was concern that military officers roaming the countryside in civilian garb with field glasses, maps, notebooks and compasses could be mistaken for spies. Most travelling in this period was by train the more unreliable car was in its infancy and a much less common mode of conveyance; nevertheless, it is clear from the 1908-9 battlefield tour instructions that cars and outsiders were welcomed, If any officer contemplates making motor arrangements with a friend that friend not being a member of the College I should be glad to be informed, as early as possible, so that sanction may be obtained for his inclusion in the party177 (See Appendix Three)


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In 1910 (when Wavell was a student), the former Camberley student and influential future Great War Official Historian, Col. JE Edmonds, RE, returned to deliver a (13-page) lecture on The Laws and Usages of War on Land (corrected to July, 1910), which appears to be the first inclusion of material on what is now the Law of Armed Conflict. He was frank that the British had not fully understood the implementation of the Geneva Convention of 1864 in South Africa, but also highlighted German excesses against civilians in 1870-1.178 By 1912, the syllabus had added International Law (as it affects the war on land) to the examination on Military Law.179 This is very much a

subject of modern concern, and one much discussed during 21st Century battlefield visits; it is doubly fascinating that its author (a Staff College contemporary of Douglas Haig) would become perhaps the most important of all British interpreters of 1914-18 land operations during the inter-war period. Equally forward-looking was the requirement

that year to 1. Discuss the general principles which govern the employment of machine guns in War. 2. Amplify these principles by considering in detail their application to the handling on the machine guns of (a) a Cavalry Brigade or (b) an Infantry Brigade180 Brian Bond has observed how Wilson used the battlefield tours to underline his own doctrinal thinking; for example, the absolute and vital necessity for having a plan. There was none at Wissembourg, none at Wrth The best way to decide on a line of defence is to choose that one which allows you to employ three arms whilst confining the enemy to one or two181


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook Wully Robertson. It is noticeable how the tone and pace of exercises recorded in the archives change with the arrival of Maj-Gen WR Wully Robertson (a self-made, studious officer, who would become the first soldier to progress from Private to Field Marshal, CIGS and a peerage, Figure 4.9) in August 1910. Although his predecessor, Henry Wilson, was also regarded as a whirlwind of ideas and innovation, it is Robertson who has left more of a legacy in the remaining Staff College records. Wavell remembered him as a blunt,

commonsense, practical soldier, but thought a good staff officer must be able to produce clear orders or instructions at very short notice. We did not do enough of this;

this was despite Wilsons Allez-Allez schemes, which continued long after his

departure. To those who experienced both at Camberley, their contrasting personalities were explained as the difference between the agile greyhound and the tenacious bulldog Wilsons eyes searching the horizon, Robertsons closely scanning the objects at hand.183 It is fascinating to compare these two personality types clearly they were Robertson seems to embrace Kolbs Concrete Experience (CE)

very different people.

and Active Experimentation (AE) learning styles, and can thus be interpreted as an Accommodating learning type (hands-on students who rely on intuition (gut reaction) rather than logical analysis and prefer to take a speedy, practical, experiential approach). Yet both believed in the battlefield tour, for it represented more than mere outdoors historical study. Wilson (observed his biographer Keith Jeffrey) told his students on the battlefields in 1909 that the same thread of disaster and victory ran through all the battles [of 1870] and for the same cause want of purpose on one side and purpose on the other, due to a School of Thought.184 Wilson firmly believed that the idea of the Staff College


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook was not just to produce a corps of officers with uniform methods of work and a common approach to problems, but beyond that, to form a school of military thought, and the Franco-Prussian campaign demonstrated how important this was.185 Wilson also

believed there were qualities essential for a good staff officer or commander, including administrative knowledge; physical superiority; sound judgement of men & affairs; and constant reading & reflection on the campaigns of the great masters186, all of which (staff work, fitness, judgement and military history) came together on touring the 1870 battlefields. The fact that Wilson also personally believed that a Franco-German clash

was inevitable along Frances frontier with Belgium or Germany provided added reason for the tours after 1907, when Wilson arrived. Although Rawlinson and Robertson

appear also to have subscribed to these views, Ian Beckett argues that because of this rationale, under Wilson the battlefield tours became an even more significant feature at the end of the first term of the students second year.187

The 1911 Camberley archives contain seven pages of deeply thoughtful feedback notes from Robertson on the subject and styles of students memoirs submitted to him. In a wide-ranging soliloquy, Robertsons pages capture the essence of British military thinking in 1911 and he is worth exploring at greater length, for he has an engaging, expressive style. On aeroplanes (the Wright Brothers first flew in 1903), he mused, many of you seem to think that they will revolutionise the whole of military science. It is difficult to forecast what the consequences of their introduction may be, but history proves that the military art is one of evolution rather than revolution, and I think it would be well to withhold judgement for the present. There is, in fact, a considerable difference of opinion amongst aeronauts themselves as to what can and cannot be done188


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Figure 4.9: Picture Postcard of Sir William Robertson (1860-1933). Source: authors collection. This provides the interesting insight that debates about the extent of revolutions in military affairs are not a recent innovation at military academies. In October 1911,

Robertson had held an outdoor staff ride to reconnoitre gun lines at Bentley (East Sussex) to counter a Redland attack, previously identified by aircraft. In November that year, Staff College students were told in a lecture that 37 soldiers, eight sailors and 101 civilians held a pilots certificate, whilst the Army owned 13 aeroplanes, provided by eight different manufacturers, three dirigibles, and were expected to form an Air Battalion of four companies. The Army was also trialling nine monoplanes, 20 bi-planes and two tri-planes at Rheims in France, most of which have a speed of over 50 miles an hour; one was still in pieces after accident and it was noted that only seven pilots had


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook experience of cross-country flying.189 In 1913 a Staff College-issued paper assessed the 1912 aeronautical strengths of Germany as 145 army and navy aircraft with 150 trained pilots; France had 507 military aircraft with 750 pilots; Russia, 182 aeroplanes and 125 pilots; Italy, 70 aircraft with 100 pilots; Austria-Hungary 48 craft and 85 pilots whilst the USA (which had witnessed the birth of manned flight) possessed just 15 military aeroplanes and an unknown number of pilots.190 With aircraft still in their infancy, it is perhaps remarkable how quickly airpower was incorporated into TEWTs, plans and exercises by the DS. The Junior Division 1912 Syllabus for Strategy and Tactics stated that special stress has been laid upon:- 1. Night operations. 2. The developments taking place in Aeronautics. 3. Co-operation of all arms. 4. Handling of cavalry5. The principles regarding the exercise of command in the field. 6. Fire superiority what it means, how obtained, and how essential it is to enable troops to move on the battlefield.191 This last factor, of course, was paramount to the conduct of these same students, when commanding battalions and brigades in the series of battles beginning with Neuve Chapelle in 1915, continuing with Loos, the Somme, Passchendaele and concluding with Amiens and the Hundred Days of 1918. It is striking how quickly new technologies

were embraced at the Staff College (manned flight had commenced only eight years earlier) and its future debated; the same was true of machine guns. Frequently, British military commanders at the outset of both world wars have been accused by historians of being out-of-date and preparing for the last war. The evidence here of the

Commandants comments on these papers submitted by his students suggests otherwise. There was, actually, always a very progressive debate; the gap came (particularly in the inter-war period) with the application of new ideas, and was due frequently (then, as


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook now) to political brakes applied to military spending, which resulted in not only a lack of procurement, but in a dearth of staff to administer and write doctrine for new concepts.

Apart from thoughts on aircraft, Robertson went on to consider other issues in his 1911 memoir feedback: Others held rather strongly that modern armament renders envelopment necessaryA commander must act much as a carpenter with a bag of tools, and take out the tool which is best adapted to the situation. At one time it will be the pincers, at another the hammer, at another the gimlet192 The remarkably erudite Robertson explored the differences between the so-called French and German tactical systems - envelopment versus penetration (as he saw it) and the confusion by some students between doctrine and method; he argued that the former is a general law, a principle or set of principles; it is not a method. A method is the application of the doctrine or principle. thing193 Then he went on to expound, Remember what our doctrine is Decisive success in battle can be gained only by a vigorous offensive. That means that we must throw in every man, horse and gun at the earliest possible moment, but it does not mean that we are to do this without any regard whatsoever to reconnaissance, deliberation, and reasonable precaution. It is largely a question of knowing when the earliest possible moment is.194 Whilst this passage (in contrast to the others cited here) has not aged well, Robertson concluded with a very modern-sounding, cautionary note about warfare, make sure that you have a true conception of what a battle is like. It is especially necessary for everyone here, staff as well as students, to take a pull at themselves occasionally, and to ascertain whether they are on the right path, because we have no troops, even with blank ammunition, to help keep us on the right lines. It is well therefore to make a sort of mental picture of what battle is like, and when we feel we A particular way of doing a particular


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook are drifting away from the realities of war to take a look at that picture.195 This understanding of the realities of war has become a major way of justifying the battlefield tour process today; yet here is Robertson urging that this be understood (though, admittedly, not necessarily by battlefield visit). His biographer acknowledged that Robertson and his generation encouraged the cult of the offensive, and the idea of fighting on the defensive was thought to be so obnoxious196 Robertson recognised,

however, that a commander had to possess sound judgement, and an iron will; that his staff had to be accurate in their calculations and honest in their assessments and their troops had to have high morale. Accordingly he switched some of the destinations on

the annual tour to take in the lesser-known 1870 batt1efields, near Amiens, Orleans and Le Mans - which had been fought by partially trained and hastily raised French troops, after the opening campaign was over and lost; and he questioned a senior French officer who had taken part in them as a young man.197 Robertson was brutally honest in his realities: in February 1912 he tasked his Senior Division to write a six-page memorandum, I want you to tell me, supposing the whole of our Expeditionary Force to be employed in N.W. Europe against a 1st class Power, what amount of wastage in personnel we may expect to have to make good in 1 month, 3 months and 6 months respectivelyOf course the amount of wastage will largely depend upon the amount of actual fighting that takes place, and the nature of that fightingtake it that at least one general engagement will be fought before the end of the first month.198 In fact the British fought two, at Mons and Le Cateau within the first three weeks of deployment, during August 1914 (Map 9). Todays battlefield visits tend very much to emphasise the realities of war on the battlefield, using memoirs or (less frequently


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook now) veterans; indeed, this became a central pivot of the 1947-79 Camberley annual battlefield tours. Robertsons battlefield visits (and those of Commandants before him), though, appear to have had a different purpose altogether and were designed to stress campaign planning, the interplay of actions at the operational level and the function of terrain in shaping and altering tactical plans. For example, in 1912, the Junior Division were tasked to Describe any instance you have seen in war, or peacetime actions, of artillery support to an infantry assault. If you have not seen one, describe a case you have read of. Add your own comments, and mention what influence the ground had in limiting or increasing power of artillery support.199 The same division undertook the usual round of staff rides or staff tours; notable was the commander of Redland forces in 1912: Lt-Gen Sir Douglas Haig. The future C-in-C had studied at Brasenose, Oxford, though without graduating200 had gone through Staff College in 1896-7 and was convinced of the value of visiting old battlefields, such was the legacy of his tour of the 1870 battlefields with Col. Henderson. In a written exchange in October 1907 with a younger colleague (the future Brig. Philip Howell CMG)201 who was a Staff College DS and more sceptical of their value, Haig observed, On the contrary, I hold that the study of history on actual ground is of great value in bringing home to us the effect of ground on tactics. After all, the ground is the mould, and by visiting a Battlefield one sees how under a particular set of circs [sic] the troops were fitted into it with success or otherwise etc, etc, and then by looking at a whole number of cases in various periods of history, one discovers something beyond ground & tactics and one notes that the fundamental principles and truths of the art of war are immutable!202


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook Contrary to todays widely-held view (of Haig the butcher), he was considered one of the pre-war progressives and championed staff rides and battlefield tours as a means of replicating the friction and confusion of campaigning. When Chief of Staff in India he wrote prophetically in his review of the 1911 Staff Tour (in other words, a TEWT), No plan of operations can with any safety include more than the first collision with the enemys force Plans aiming far beyond the strategical deployment and first collision have been submitted. Such speculations may become harmful if they are allowed to hamper the judgment as the campaign progresses, and to impede initiative. Commanders in war have been known to become so imbued with an idea as never to think of any other contingency; and what we wish for we like to hope and believe203 Haig obviously warmed to Hendersons teaching of military history and his battlefield tour, when at Camberley. In 1907 Col. Haig published the proceedings of his early staff rides in Cavalry Studies (1907),204 observing with remarkable prophecy - in the introduction, Certainly a knowledge of military history is all-important to an officer. In studying it we see the great masters at work. We learn from their experience and become acquainted with the difficulties to be encountered in applying principles. But such work contributes little to developing our powers of decision. On the other hand, War Games and Staff Rides should be framed chiefly with the latter object Military history teaches us that the whole question of cooperation with an ally is fraught with difficulties and danger. When the theatre of operations lies within the country of the ally, these difficulties increase, for war can rarely benefit the inhabitants on the spot, and ill feeling is certain to arise205 This was Haig, writing in India in 1905-6, when the outbreak of a European war was by no means likely; these passages are full of Reflective Observation (RO) and


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook Abstract Conceptualisation (AC), giving us one of Kolbs Assimilating characters, for whom ideas and concepts are more important than people (Chapter One).

Whilst much of this Staff College activity took place in seminar rooms and lecture theatres, it provided context to the Senior Divisions battlefield visit during April-May of their second year, when this accumulated knowledge and honed analytical skills were applied to study a series of actions in situ. The importance, then, of this survey of prewar Staff College archives is that they provide the context for the annual battlefield visits. Alas, we do not know exactly what students said when on the ground, so these College notes and exercises flesh out the nature of the work before and after each tour, and thus provide an insight as to the conduct of the tours. However, we have some of the notes on the battlefields visited, issued prior to the 1913 tour, which - after an outline of events leading up to the battle - then include strategical considerations, discussed at Camberley and which will not be touched on when on the ground206 and other tactical considerations for discussion on the ground.207 From these it is clear that the Franco-

Prussian battlefields were used to explore operational (strategical) and tactical issues, but only the latter were studied al fresco. Typical of the myriad of tactical points for

discussion was The battle in 1870 developed into the attack and defence of villages and enclosures; would modern guns and rifles have any effect in altering this? and Examine the ground from the point of view of the French and Germans to find suitably concealed artillery positions with good observation stations (both issued for Coulmiers in April 1913)208.


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook By 1912, the annual visit to the battlefields had shifted slightly to study Coulmiers, Loigny, Poupry, Beaune la Rolande and Le Mans, as well as Wrth, Wissembourg and Spicheren, (see Map 7) and the battlefield of Villers-Bretonneux.209 This last encounter is of interest today, because it was fought over exactly the terrain that dominated allied campaigning throughout 1916, was the site of a major battle in 1918, and witnessed the worlds first tank-versus-tank engagement on 24 April 1918.210 Indeed the town, a small community on the old St Quentin-Amiens Roman road, is unremarkable, except for its association with war: nearby is the Australian National War Memorial (which bears the shrapnel scars of a May 1940 engagement between a British rearguard and a panzer column) and its school also contains an excellent ANZAC museum on the first floor.211

Robertson led the last tours for a decade (as it turned out) in April-May 1913, with three separate parties totalling 51 students visiting Villers-Bretonneux, LoignyPoupry, Coulmiers, Woerth, Spicheren and Vionville. Each group had the same packed programme of trains to catch and battles to study over the course of nine days, though travel arrangements were left to students, who could opt for first or second class travel and whether to bring their bicycles; (the stated Thomas Cook return railway fare for the tour was 7.17/- first class and 5.17/- second class). Amongst those on these last prewar tours was the Indian Army gunner, Capt. (later Air Chief Marshal Lord) Dowding, who had arrived in 1912; he learned to fly whilst at Camberley, passing his civilian flying test on the Vickers-owned aerodrome at Brooklands at first light on the same day, when hours later, he graduated from Staff College.212 These last pre-war tour instructions


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook (which are the most complete for the entire 1903-13 period), plus the tactical considerations for discussion on the ground are included at Appendix Four.

Robertson also dragooned his students into considering the future; in 1912 he demanded a memoir from the Senior Division on The battle of the future. What are

likely to be its demands with regard to frontages and depth, and what part may be played in it by woods and villages?213 This requirement has not dated in the least; in 2003, this author addressed a Brigade Study Day in Germany on precisely the same topic word-forword, which also involved an element of a mini-battlefield tour and a TEWT. In

October 1913, Robertson departed for the War Office and Launcelot Kiggell took over as Commandant. Robertsons parting shot was to require a 7,000 word memoir from each of the Senior Division, on the to be handed in to the Adjutants Office not later than October 8th. Assume that you are employed under the DMT [Director of Military Training] at the War Office, and that he sends for you and says:- I want you to give me your opinion regarding the tactical training of our Expeditionary Force for war. I want you to consider particularly the employment of the various arms in co-operationGive me your views on the form of a memorandum, and show to what extent you consider the training to be sound; point out any defects; and show how they can be remedied. I cannot tell you my wishes more definitely than by saying that I want to be satisfied that we are doing the best that can be done to ensure our beating the enemy when we meet him, and if we are not, what changes we ought to make. You may support your views by reference to any military operations which have taken place during the last 50 years214 As ever, Robertson looked to military history and all the lessons his students had learned on and off the worlds battlefields to come to the aid of current military thinking; the if of meeting the enemy had become a when. The eighth of October 1913 was


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook Robertsons last day; on the morrow he would arrive at the War Office as its Director of Military Training; within ten months Britain would be at war.

Conclusion. It can be argued that Camberley demonstrated a certain merit in visiting battlefields as a useful preparation for war. Whether such visits are planned or

unplanned, battlefields have always attracted soldiers and it is important therefore to understand and study the use of former combat zones by military men. None of the

Camberley visitors to the Franco-Prussian battlefields in this period had experienced the extreme pressure of a years-long European war; they were about to be put to the test. What does translate across history is how well Henry Wilson and Douglas Haig foresaw the problems of cooperating with an ally. One of the ways the BEF sought to correct this was via a handful of French-speaking liaison officers, the most prominent of whom was Capt. Spears of the 11th Hussars, who by 1917, had become Head of the British Military Mission to Paris (a post he held again in 1940). He, too, was enchanted by history and when Maj-Gen. Sir Edward Spears, MP (1886-1974), wrote an extraordinarily moving and beautiful account of a September 1956 battlefield tour he undertook to Poitiers (1356), where he reinterpreted the Fourteenth Century battle where an ancestor fought, through Twentieth Century military eyes.215 Camberley until 1913 prepared its officers (though not enough of them) extremely well for the combat of 1914-18, and contrary to Holden Reids argument used history well, as one of the tools at its disposal. Yes,

Camberleys battlefield tours could have been more testing and rigorous (though galloping after Henry Wilson across ploughed fields would have been challenging),


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Four: From Clausewitz to Cook whilst Waterloo and certain British battlefields might have been visited (as they were already on the syllabus), but that is also to introduce a whiff of hindsight into the debate.

1 Carl von Clausewitz, On War, edited and translated by Michael Howard and Peter Paret (Princeton: University Press 1984), p.102. 2 Maj-Gen. Carl von Clausewitz quoted in Tsouras (ed.), The Greenhill Dictionaryop cit, p. 231. 3 Walter Grlitz, History of the German General Staff 1657-1945, translated by Brian Battershaw (New York: Praeger, 19590; original German edition, Der Deutsche Generalstab (Frankfurt am Main: Verlag der Frankfurter Hefte, 1952), p. 59. 4 Friedrich Carl, Freiherr von Mffling, 1775-1851. 5 Grlitz, op cit, p.59. 6 Helmuth Karl Bernhardt, Graf von Moltke, 1800-1891. Chief of the Great Prussian General Staff, 18571888; Field Marshal 1871; retired 1888; member of the Reichstag 1871-91. 7 Moltkes Generalstabsreisen aus Den Jahren 1858 bis 1869 (Berlin: Mittler 1906). [Moltkes General Staff Ride Journeys during the years 1858-1869], with a separately bound portfolio containing maps. 8 Moltkes Tactical Problems from 1858 to 1882, edited by the Prussian Grand General Staff, translated by Karl von Donat (London: Hugh Rees Ltd, 1903). This includes 66 problems, their solutions and detailed scale maps for each problem. I am grateful to Professor Chris Bellamy for the loan of his copy. In Chapter 7 of Clausewitz in English: The Reception of Clausewitz in Britain and America, 1815-1945 (Oxford University Press, 1994), Christopher Bassford observes that no English translation was ever made of Moltke's Essays on Strategy (1871) or Instructions for the Senior Troop Commanders (1869). Other works were translated, but only after a considerable time lag, in the 1890s or 1900s. Collectively, this suggests a lack of willingness to understand or embrace Prussian staff methods. Moltkes tours dealt primarily with defensive battles, fighting hypothetical enemies, but out of the class room and on ground where the actual future battle might be fought. In this sense, his tours were like many Cold War BAOR manoeuvres on the North German Plain, with individual units practising their concepts of defence within their actual, allotted zones. In this genre, some writers used a fictional invasion by a foreign power to alert the public to military shortcomings. Colonel (of the Royal Engineers) Sir George Chesneys The Battle of Dorking: Reminiscences of a Volunteer, which first appeared in Blackwoods Magazine Edinburgh Magazine, Volume CIX, No. DCLXVII (May 1871), was key in this respect. Perhaps significantly, Sir George Tomkyn Chesneys (1830-95) elder brother was Col. Charles Chesney, R.E. (1826-76) who had recently been Professor of Military History at the Staff College; that both brothers were Royal Engineers, extensively trained at RMA Woolwich, with a greater awareness of current affairs, doctrine and weapons may also be significant. In reacting to the just-finished Franco-Prussian War, in The Battle of Dorking, Chesney, Jr. summoned up the ghost of an un-named country (but obviously Germany) always ready and willing to pursue her political goals with military action, an approach that Chesney, Sr. saw as a natural extension of Clausewitz's subordination of war to national policy. The Battle of Dorking described the successful invasion of Britain from a vantage point fifty years in the future; the price of defeat was shocking, with Britain shorn of its empire, commerce, and industry and reduced to utter insignificance. For this hypothetical defeat, Chesney blamed Britain's heroic but thoroughly unprofessional land forces. Many commentators have likened its style and effect to that of H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds. In 1858 Chesney, Sr. had been appointed Professor of Military History at RMC Sandhurst, then (1864) Professor of Military Art and History at the new, adjacent Staff College at Camberley. This Chesney was a devotee of Clausewitz and (unusually) had actually read On War. This is important, because it reveals that some Prussian educational ideas (the staff ride had yet to follow) were permeating through to the British military establishment before the Franco-Prussian War and before Vom Kriege was translated into English in 1873. Chesney, Sr. also served on the Royal Commission on Military Education (1868-1870) and was an official observer of the Franco-Prussian War, later working with the Secretary of State for War, Edward Cardwell, on the latter's military reforms. Charles Chesney was, then, extremely well-placed to convert his studies of


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Clausewitz into practice; he was particularly taken by the Germans' successful decentralization of authority, which had often proved (and would continue so to do for a long time afterwards) so elusive to the British. Chesney's concern was the essence of what has subsequently been termed Auftragstaktik, but was never resolved in his lifetime. The issue also vexed British military reformers after the Second Boer War (18991902) and American reformers following the Vietnam War. One running joke in England at the time was an injury, such as a bruise or scrape, was attributed to a wound received at the battle of Dorking! It emphasised a popular mood of unease at the remarkably swift Prussian invasion and conquest of France, caused much parliamentary debate, and had enormous influence. H.G. Wells (1866-1946) most successfully repeated the formula in War of the Worlds (1898), taking his reader to familiar places in London and Surrey the battlegrounds where his war against an invading army (this time from Mars) was fought. Orson Welles famously repeated this success (and anxiety) by adapting War of the Worlds for CBS radio on Halloween, 1938; Welles Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast War of the Worlds, but with Martians landing in New Jersey and attacking New York on 31 October 1938. See IF Clarke, Voices Prophesying War 1789-1984 (Oxford: University Press 1966), Chapter 2; HG Wells, War of the Worlds (London: Heinemann; New York: Harper, Harper & Brothers; Leipzig: Tauchnitz; and Rotterdam: Cohen Zonen, all 1898). 9 Walter Grlitz, op cit. 10 Holger H. Hervig, The Prussian Model and Military Planning Today, article in JFQ, Spring 1998, pp. 67-75. 11 Wheeler-Bennetts introduction quotes Tacitus The Germans have no taste for peace; the Comte de Mirabeau (1788) La Prusse nest pas un pays qui a une arme, cest une arme qui a un paysLa guerre est lindustrie nationale de la Prusse; and Julius Frbel (1859), The German nation is sick of principles and doctrines, literary existence and theoretical greatness. What it wants is Power, Power, Power! And whoever gives it Power, to him will it give honour, more honour than he can ever imagine See John Wheeler-Bennett, The Nemesis of Power: The German Army in Politics 1918-1945 (London: Macmillan & Co, 1954). Hardly scholarly, but in exactly the same vein is John Laffin, Jackboot: The Story of the German Soldier (London: Cassell and Co 1965). 12 Ian Kershaw, 1933: Continuity or Break in German History?, article in History Today, January 1983, pp 13-18 13 Hans Georg Model, Der Deutsche Generalstabsoffizier: Seine Auswahl und Ausbildung in Reichswehr, Wehrmacht und Bundeswehr (Frankfurt am Main: Bernard & Graefe Verlag, 1968) [The German general staff officer: his selection and education in the Reichswehr, Wehrmacht and Bundeswehr]. This author met Brig-Gen. (retd) Model, son of the Second World War Field Marshal, at the Steigenberger Hotel in Bad Neuenahr during a battlefield tour of the Rhine Crossings in December 1999. The general kindly alerted me to his book and his thoughts at this time. 14 David Hall, The Modern Model of the Battlefield Tour, article in British Amy Review, No 130 (Autumn 2002), pp 40-44 15 Lt-Col. David B Lee, USAF, War Gaming; Thinking for the Future, article in Airpower Journal, Summer 1990. 16 Col Wilbur Gray, Playing War: the Applicability of Commercial Conflict Simulations to Military Intelligence Planning and Education (DIA Joint Military Intelligence College, Bolling AFB, 1995) 17 Robert T. Foley, Alfred von Schlieffens Military Writings (London: Frank Cass 2003), p. xxvii. 18 Andrew Wilson, War Gaming, (London: Pelican books, 1970), first published as The Computer and the Bomb (1968), p. 18. 19 Theodore Ropp, War in the Modern World (London Collier-Macmillan 1962), p. 155. 20 Moltkes Staff Rides, Article in Royal United Service Institute Journal, August 1913, pp. 1077-1100. 21 Col. Dominic R Sette, Staff Rides at the [US] War College Prior to World War I: Their Use and Effectiveness, USAWC Military Studies Program Paper, US Army War College, Carlisle 30 March 1988. 22 As in Col. RCB Haking, Staff Rides and Regimental Tours (London: Rees 1908) 23 The terms tactical ride and practice ride are both used in Ferrand Sayre, Map Maneuvers and Tactical Rides (Springfield 1911). 24 The term is used in Thomas E Fowler, Notes on Staff Rides and Regimental and Tactical Tours for Beginners (London: Gale and Polden 1908) 25 For example, William H Waldron, Tactical Walks, (Washington DC: US Infantry Association 1917)


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Used at Camberley from 1895 to describe manoeuvres where student staff officers were tested in the field over a six-day period. See Brian Bond, The Victorian Army and the Staff College, 1854-1914, (London: Eyre Methuen, 1972), p.175. 27 For example, see: Eintagige Ubungsritte: Anregungen und Beispiele (Berlin: Liebelsche, 1911) [OneDay Practice Rides, Suggestions and Examples]. 28 Holger H Hervig, op cit, p.70. 29 Christopher Duffy, Frederick the Great: A Military Life (London: David and Charles 1974), p. 12. I am grateful to Col WT Bowers, US Army retired, for bringing this quotation to my attention. 30 The need for large retinues of staff officers only really grew with the massive expansion of armies in the Napoleonic era, but from timeless tradition, young staff officers were chosen because of their noble birth, friendship or kinship to the commander, rather than any degree of merit. They were also chosen because they (or their family) had already demonstrated loyalty to their patron and were utterly reliable. They would be expected to carry out their commanders wishes and override any alternative orders from other leaders within their own army. 31 Carl von Clausewitz, On War, translated by Michael Howard and Peter Paret (Princeton: University Press, 1976). The introductions by Col FN Maude and Prof Anatol Rapoport in the Penguin Classic edition of On War are also relevant here (Penguin 1968). 32 Hew Strachan, The First World War. Volume One: To Arms, Oxford 2001, Chapter Three, pp. 161-207; 33 Robert T Foley, Alfred von Schlieffens Military Writings (London: Frank Cass 2003). 34 Terence Zuber, Inventing the Schlieffen Plan: German War Planning 1871-1914 (Oxford: University Press 2002); Terence Zuber, The Schlieffen Plan Fantasy or Catastrophe?, article in History Today, September 2002, pp 30-35. 35 In 1920, FM von Hindenburg unapologetically recalled his early service on the German General Staff, its purpose and some staff rides, In April, 1878, my transfer to the General Staff followed, and I was promoted to the rank of captain. A few weeks later I was posted to the Headquarters Staff of the 2nd Army Corps at Stettin The General Staff was certainly one of the most remarkable structures within the framework of our German Army. Side by side with the distinctly hierarchical form of the commands, it constituted a special element which had its foundation in the great intellectual prestige of the Chief of Staff of the Army, Field-Marshal Count von Moltke. The peace training of the General Staff officer offered a guarantee that in case of war all the commanders in the field should be controlled from a single source, and all their plans governed by a common aim. The influence of the General Staff on those commanders was not regulated by any binding order. It depended far more on the military and personal qualities of the individual officer. The first requirement of the General Staff officer was that he should keep his own personality and actions entirely in the background. He had to work out of sight, and therefore be more than he seemed to be. I believe that, taking it all round, the German General Staff has known how to perform its extraordinarily difficult tasks. Its achievements were masterly to the last, though there may have been mistakes and failures in individual cases. I could imagine no more honourable testimony in its favour than the fact that the enemy has demanded its dissolution in the Peace conditions. It has been suggested in many quarters that there was something mysterious about the work of the General Staff. Nothing more preposterous could be imagined. As has been the case with all our military achievements, those of the General Staff are the result of the application of sound reasoning to the immediate problem in hand. Accordingly it is often necessary for the General Staff officer to turn his attention to all sorts of trivial affairs as well as to high military questions... It was only in the annual General Staff rides that I had a chance of interesting myself in higher matters, in my capacity as the handy-man of the Corps Commander. At this time I also took part in the first Fortress General Staff Ride at Knigsberg conducted by General Count Waldersee, Chief of Staff of the 10th Army Corps. My Corps Commander was General Hans von Weyherrn, an experienced soldier who had fought in the service of Schleswig-Holstein in his youth, commanded a Cavalry Division in 1866, and an Infantry Division in 1870-1. It was a real pleasure to see the old officer, a magnificent rider, on horseback in the uniform of his Blcher Hussars See Paul von Hindenburg, Aus meinen Leben, op cit, pp. 54-6. 36 Generalfeldmarschall Alfred, Graf von Schlieffen, 1833-1913. 37 In 1905, Schlieffen considered for the first time breaching Belgiums neutrality in a major sweep to attack Paris from the West, the eventual plan, in diluted form, enacted by his successor in 1914. Foley and Zuber argue convincingly that there is no evidence that this particular staff ride was meant to be official



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German policy and Strachan observes, The so-called Schlieffen plan, published for the first time in 1956, is nothing of the sort. It is a memorandum written for his successor and for the war minister, which survived because it was kept by Schlieffen in his private papers. After the war, some apologist German generals argued that the younger Moltke had not fulfilled the Schlieffen Plan, but in reality, the plan (if it ever existed at all, and Zuber suggests that it did not) was just one of several staff ride alternatives. Thus, recent scholarship is re-examining the causes of the First World War in terms of staff rideinterpretation, although the primary archives for this remain, alas, incomplete, having been largely destroyed by bombing in 1945. See Hew Strachan, op cit, p.166. 38 Evaluation of other staff rides, whether on or off a battlefield, may throw light on other, subsequent campaigns: for example, Heinz Guderian (1888-1954-last Chief of the German General Staff) attended the temporary German Staff College at Sedan in 1918, undertaking local staff rides; in May 1940 he was commanding XIX Panzer Corps attacking across the Meuse near his old billet at Sedan. George S Patton studied the fighting at Metz in 1870 extensively when at Staff College in the United States; by October 1944 he was fighting German rearguards around the old fortress of Metz. See Alistair Horne, To Lose a Battle (London: Heinemann 1967), Chapter 2. 39 German staff methods were also exported overseas, where they were hugely influential. Part of the early importance of staff rides is that they are also a measure of the wide overseas influence of German staff techniques, which spread outside Germany following the 1870 victory over France. In 1883, the Japanese Minister of the Army toured Europe and asked von Moltke to send an instructor to the newlycreated Japanese War College. Professor Yoshio Suginoo has observed that the German instructor, Maj. (later Maj-Gen.) Klemens Wilhelm Jakob Meckel (1842-1906), who served in Japan from 1885 to 1888, emphasised practical strategic and tactical education as well as military historymanoeuvre exercises and staff rides... (See Yashio Suginoo (Professor Dept of Defence Science, National Defence Academy, Japan), The Causes of Japans Defeat in 1945 (China in the 21st Century: International Reception Hall, Taiwan University, Taipei, Nov. 6-7, 1999), accessed on 19991106/mt9911_06e, 2 April 2004; also: Christopher Bassford, Clausewitz in English: The Reception of Clausewitz in Britain and America, 1815-1945 (Oxford: University Press 1994), Chapter 8). Elsewhere, as French military influence in Chile was supplanted by German, Hauptmann Emil Krner arrived in Santiago in 1885 with a brief to improve the military educational system, which resulted in the establishment of the Chilean War Academy. Krner (who acted as CGS in the subsequent Chilean Civil War of 1891 and was promoted a Chilean general, retiring in 1910) subsequently requested and got thirty-six German instructors who reorganized the army, developed the General Staff and established the NCO school. Todays distinctive Chilean army dress uniform is based on that of Nineteenth Century Prussia. (Interview with LtCol Ivan Babic, Chilean Army, 15 July 2006.) In Peking, Maj. (later Gen.) Erich von Falkenhayn (18611922) served as a military advisor the Chinese army from 1899-1903; I am grateful to Lt-Col Jiyu (Jack) Zhang, PLA (interview, 2 August 2006) for drawing my attention to this fact. In Chile and China, military education and staff rides were incorporated into the formal educational curriculum, where they remain today. 40 Between 1875-6, US Army Maj-Gen. Emory Upton (1839-1881), a Civil War hero and Commandant of West Point, toured Europe, specifically to discover what had made the Prusso-German army so successful. In his resultant The Armies of Asia and Europe (1878), Upton recommended numerous changes to the size, structure, recruitment and training of the US military, to bring it up to the standards of European armies; but without the presence of an obvious threat (apart from the remnants of the Plains Indian tribes and possibly - Mexican bandits) and in a climate of financial austerity, his pleas went unheard. See Gen. Emory Upton, The Armies of Asia and Europe, Embracing Official Reports on the Armies of Japan, China, India, Persia, Italy, Russia, Austria, Germany, France, and England (New York: Appleton 1878), 376pp; and Stephen E. Ambrose, Upton and the Army (Louisiana: State University Press 1992), Chapter VI, pp. 85-111. 41 Believed to be the earliest such battlefield memorial in the United States. Visit to Kings Mountain by the author, August 2003. A very early example of a battlefield guide, a pamphlet entitled The Battle of King's Mountain by Isaac Shelby, was published in April 1823, and has been reprinted by the US National Parks Service, available at the Kings Mountain Visitor Centre. See also Patricia L Hudson & Sandra L Ballard, The Smithsonian Guide to Historic America: The Carolinas and the Appalachian States (New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang 1989), pp. 141-2.


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See Henry Wiencek, The Smithsonian Guide to Historic America: Southern New England: Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island (New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang 1989), pp. 86-87. 43 Ronald F Lee, The Origin & Evolution of the National Military Park Idea (Washington DC: US National Parks Service 1973), Chapter 2. 44 Ibid. 45 Guildford Battleground Company Guidebook (2001), Introduction, p.4. 46 Leavenworth and Its Critics: The US Army Command and General Staff School, 1920-1940 by Timothy K. Nenninger, article in the Journal of Military History, Vol. 58, No. 2 (Apr., 1994) , pp. 199-231. 47 John Hopkins University (JHU) Gazette, Vol. 28, No. 14, December 14 1998, Lessons From The Battlefield Policemen take a Staff Ride of Gettysburg to Sharpen Leadership Skills, by Glenn Small Homewood. 48 Ronald F. Lee, The Origin & Evolution of the National Military Park Idea, op cit. 49 John Plank Tracey (1836-1910) served in the Civil War, enlisting as a private in the Union Army in March 1862, and leaving in March 1865 as 1st Lt. He was subsequently commissioned Lt-Col. in the Missouri Militia in April 1865. He later practised as a lawyer and journalist before being elected as a Republican to the 54th Congress (1895-1897). 50 Ronald F. Lee, op cit. 51 Brig-Gen. Joshua Chamberlain (1828-1914), who won a Medal of Honor at Gettysburg, presided over the fiftieth anniversary in 1913, to which all veterans in the Grand Army of the Republic and the United Confederate Veterans were invited, forty thousand accepting. The highlight of the event on 3 July 1913, which early newsreels captured, was a re-enactment by Confederate veterans of Picketts Charge; at the wall that marked their furthest advance, they were greeted by outstretched hands of friendship from the Union survivors. 52 The American Civil War was covered by many guidebooks, including the very early John Townsend Trowbridges The South: A Tour of its Battlefields and Ruined Cities, a Journey Through the Desolated States, and Talks with the People (First published 1867; republished and edited by J.H. Segars: Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press 2006). It is noteworthy that Trowbridges (1827-1916) title suggests he is visiting another country, not fellow Americans! Another early example of this genre reflecting the growing number of civilian tours in America (and an early example of marketing, linking tourism to hotelkeeping) was A Guide to the Fortifications and Battlefields Around Petersburg, with a Splendid Map, from Actual Surveys made by the US Engineer Dept; Prepared And Published as a Handbook by the Proprietors of Jarratts Hotel, Petersburg, Va. (1866; facsimile edition in authors possession, republished by Eastern National, 2003 & sold at the Petersburg Battlefield Visitor Centre). Many commercial guidebooks have focussed on Gettysburg over the years, funded by advertising, of which L.W. Minnigh, The Battlefield of Gettysburg: How to See and Understand It; The Tourists Guide and Hand-Book With Explanatory Map And Roster of the Armies (Gettysburg: Gettysburg Battlefield with Memorial Association, 1888), published for the 25th anniversary celebrations, is typical example. 53 Joyce Popplewell (ed.), A Gloucestershire Diarist: Lt-Col. AB Lloyd Baker of Harwicke Court: The Early Years 1897-1919 (Gloucester: Thornhill Press 1993) pp. 111-116. William David Holtzworth (1843-1891) was a twice-wounded Civil War veteran who became one of the first Gettysburg battlefield guides. His knowledge of the battle was widely respected and he spent many winters lecturing throughout the United States. Among the guests he guided around the battlefield were Presidents Grant, Hayes and Cleveland; Generals Meade, Sheridan, Sherman, Hancock, Sickles, Warren, Slocum, Gregg, Hooker, Crawford and Longstreet. The battle continued to act as a magnet into the following century; for the 75th anniversary (1938) there were only 8,000 known living veterans of the war. Of these, 1,845 veterans were able to attend - 1,359 from the North and 486 from the South - although only 65 of them had been at the battle. Their average age was 94 and special arrangements had to be made to care for these elderly men. The highlight of this reunion was the lighting of the eternal flame and dedication of the National Peace Memorial on Oak Hill by President Roosevelt the evening of 3 July. 54 Brian Holden Reid, War Studies at the Staff College 1890-1930, SCSI Occasional Paper No. 1 (1992) 55 In The Brain of an Army: A Popular Account of the German General Staff (Westminster: A. Constable 1895). Spenser Wilkinson (1853-1937) was a civilian trained as a lawyer, but entered journalism in 1882 (having been invited by the Manchester Guardian to write editorials on the Egyptian campaign). He wrote for the Morning Post in London (1895-1914) and became in 1909 the first Chichele Professor of Military



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History at Oxford. Illustrating his own beliefs and the state of the army at the time, he later wrote: in 1874, when I was twenty-one and at Oxford, I found myself puzzled by the existence of large armies on the Continent and of a small one, said to be inefficient, at home. I determined to find out what it meant, so I began to read books about war. They were full of technicalities which I did not understand, so hoping to get the practical knowledge which would explain them I became a private in the University Volunteer corps. I learned my drill and began to understand the books but found the corps a sham. I got up a Kriegsspiel club and read more books, English, French and German. Four or five years later I was offered a commission in the best of the Manchester corps and accepted it thinking it would be a better chance to learn. By 1880 I had got a company and made my position as a practical officer; at the time I was called to the Bar and beginning to get briefs. I knew then as much about war as could be got from textbooks; was satisfied that the Army was not what it should be and determined to give ten years of my life, so far as the necessity for getting a living would allow, to the attempt to get the army put right . Quoted in Christopher Bassford, Clausewitz in English: The Reception of Clausewitz in Britain and America, 18151945 (Oxford: University Press 1994), Chapter 9. 56 Gen. Bronsart von Schellendorf, Duties of the General Staff [Der Dienst des Generalstabes (Berlin: E.S. Mittler)]. The first German edition appeared in 1875-76; it was translated straightaway and was published in London by C.K. Paul, 1877-80. The third edition appeared simultaneously in both German and English (1893, translated by the War Office Intelligence Division, publisher H.M. Stationers). A fourth edition appeared in 1905. 57 Gen. Bronsart von Schellendorf (1832-1891) 58 Both of which (according to Spiers), Haldane read in his first month of office in December 1905 and influenced him profoundly. (Spiers, Haldane, op cit, p. 120). 59 John Terraine, Essays on Leadership & War, ed. Ann Clayton, (Western Front Association 1998), pp. 645. 60 Col. George Francis Robert Henderson, CB (1854-1903) was a highly charismatic professor of military history at Camberley, best known for his work regarding the American Civil War and Stonewall Jackson. He was commissioned in 1878, served in India and Egypt, receiving citations for bravery and was promoted captain in 1886. In 1889 he became Instructor in Tactics, Military Law and Administration at Sandhurst, then Professor of Military Art and History to the Staff College (1892-1899). In the Second Boer War (1899-1902), Henderson was Director of Intelligence on the staff of Lord Roberts, but overwork and malaria broke his health, and he had to return home, being eventually selected to write the official history of the war. His health failed and he died in 1903; his lectures and papers were collected and published in 1905 as The Science of War; to this collection a memoir was contributed by Lord Roberts. 61 Holden-Reid, War Studies, op cit, p.7. 62 Ibid, p.7. 63 Brevet-Maj. G.F.R. Henderson, The Campaign of Fredericksburg, November-December 1862: A Study for Officers of Volunteers (London: K. Paul, Trench and Co. 1886). 64 Brevet-Maj. G.F.R. Henderson, The Battle of Spicheren August 6th 1870, and Events that Preceded it: a Study in Practical Tactics and War Training (Chatham: Gale and Polden 1891). Re-issued in 2006 by Helion & Co. Ltd. 65 FM Sir Henry Wilson (1864-1922); an Ulsterman, entered Rifle Brigade 1882; fluent in French and German; wounded in Third Burmese War; served Second Boer war (DSO), then Assistant Mil Secretary to Lord Roberts. Commandant Staff College 1907-10, then DMO at the Wear Office; promoted CIGS in 1918 by Lloyd George, FM and Baronet 1919; resigned from the army and became MP for North Down. Murdered by two IRA men on his doorstep in London on 22 June 1922. 66 Basil Collier, Brass hat: A Biography of Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson (London: Secker and Warburg 1961), p.32. 67 Sir William Robertson, Bart., From Private to Field Marshal (London: Constable and Co. 1921), p.82. 68 Brig-Gen. Sir James Edmonds, The Staff College Fifty-Four Years Ago, article in Owl Pie, 1949, pp.12 and 13. 69 Col. GFR Henderson (ed. Capt. Neill Malcolm), The Science of War. A Collection of Essays and Lectures 1892-1903 (London: Longmans Green and Co 1905), pp.xxv-xxviii. See also, Brig. Mungo Melvin, Battlefield Tours and Staff Rides: A Military Practitioners View, article in British Commission for Military History (BCMH) Newsletter No.12 (Spring 2005), p.20-21.


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Frederick Roberts VC, 1st Earl Roberts of Kandahar (1832-1914). Son of a general, entered Bengal Artillery 1851; VC (Indian Mutiny) 1858; commanded forces in Abyssinia and Afghanistan 1862-78 and relieved Kandahar; C-in-C India 1885; promoted General 1890, Baron Roberts 1892; FM 1895, commanded British forces in first year of Second Boer War 1899. 71 Apart from his frequent visits to the Franco-Prussian battlegrounds, Roberts recorded Hendersons visits to Virginia (in 1885) and the South African battlefields (in 1901-02), where he had been appointed the Official Historian. 72 Dr. Duncan Anderson, paper presented to the conference on The Importance of the Study of Military History and its Impact in Contemporary Society, held at the Academia de Guerra del Ejrcito, Santiago, Chile, 24 November 2004. 73 Ibid. 74 Holden-Reid, War Studies, op cit, p.7. 75 Ibid., p.8. 76 Ibid., p.10. 77 Founded originally in 1801 as the Senior Department of the Royal Military College, Great Marlow, under Col. John Gaspard Le Marchant; the course (for which students had to pay until 1858) lasted two years. The Department moved to Sandhurst in 1820 and after the Crimean War, the name was changed to the Staff College (1857) and made independent of the Royal Military College in the following year. It was given new buildings in 1859-63, accommodating 40 students for a two-year course. By 1870, each staff course had 30 students; by 1884 there were places for 48 students, the potential intake being raised to 60 (including 8 from the Indian Army) in 1886, though there was a considerable shortfall in the numbers taking up places, until the foundation of the General Staff in 1906. See Brian Bond, The Victorian Army and Staff College 1854-1914 (London: Eyre Methuen 1972). 78 Brian Bond, The Victorian Army and the Staff College, op cit, p. 175. 79 Nick Evans, Staff Rides, Tours and Battlefield Tours. A Historical Perspective 1890-1914, article in British Commission for Military History Newsletter No.13 (Summer 2005), p.5. 80 Ibid., and Maj. (later Gen. Sir Alfred) AR Godwin-Austen, The Staff and the Staff College (London: Constable & Co. 1927), p.178. 81 Luvaas, op cit., pp.151-4. 82 Jay Luvaas, The Education of an Army; British Military Thought 1815-1940 (London: Cassell and Co. 1964), p.192. 83 Cited in Charles E. Kirkpatrick, An Unknown Future and a Doubtful Present: Writing the Victory Plan of 1941 (Washington DC: US Army Center of Military History 1992), Chapter 1. 84 Evans, op cit, p.5 and Lt-Col. F Maurice, Sir Frederick Maurice: A Record of His Work and Opinions (London: Edward Arnold 1913), pp.60-1. 85 Luvass, The Education, op cit, pp. 192-3. 86 Luvaas, op cit, p.152. 87 Ibid. 88 Maj-Gen. Sir John Adye, Soldiers and Others I Have Known (London: Herbert Jenkins 1925), p.141. 89 Lt-Col. FW Young MBE, (Librarian, Staff College), The Story of the Staff College 1858-1958 (Camberley June 1958). 90 Col. JFC Fuller, The Army in My Time (London: Rich and Cowan 1935). 91 Holden Reid, War Studies, op cit, p.5. 92 Ibid. 93 Brig-Gen. Sir James Edmonds, The Staff College Fifty-Four Years Ago, op cit, p.13. 94 John Connell, Wavell. Soldier and Scholar (London: Collins 1964), p.60. 95 Maj-Gen. Sir CE Callwell, Stray Recollections (London: Edward Arnold 1923), p.278. 96 Ibid, p.282. 97 Ibid, pp.284-5. 98 FM Viscount Plumer of Messines, 1857-1932, a successful army commander, who emerged from the Great War with his military reputation intact and enhanced. 99 Later Col. Charles Court Repington, 1858-1925, subsequently a military correspondent for the Times and military historian.



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Cited in Geoffrey Powell, Plumer. The Soldiers General. A Biography of FM Viscount Plumer of Messines (London: Leo Cooper 1990), p.21. 101 Callwell, Stray Recollections, op cit, p.286. 102 Ibid, p.287. 103 Maj-Gen. Sir John Adye, Soldiers and Others I Have Known, op cit, p.148. 104 Lt-Col. F Maurice (ed.), Sir Frederick Maurice. A Record of His Work and Opinions (London: Edward Arnold 1913), p.64. 105 Maj-Gen Sir CE Callwell, Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson, Vol.1 (London: Cassell and Co 1927), pp.13-14. 106 Maj-Gen. Sir Frederick Maurice, The Life of Lord Rawlinson of Trent (London: Cassell and Co 1928), p.27. 107 Maj-Gen. Sir CE Callwell, The Life of Sir Stanley Maude (London: Constable 1920), p.27. 108 Ibid, pp.27-8. 109 Edmonds, The Staff College Fifty-Four Years Ago, op cit, p.14. 110 Brig-Gen. John Charteris, Field Marshal Earl Haig (London: Cassell and Company 1929), p.12. 111 Charteris, op cit, p.12. 112 Ibid. 113 Lawrence James, Imperial Warrior. The Life and Times of FM Viscount Allenby 1861-1936 (London Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1993), p.24. 114 FM Sir William Robertson (1860-1933) held the unusual distinction of being the only man to rise from Private to Field Marshal in the British army. He enlisted aged 17 as a Private in the 16/Lancers in November 1877, was commissioned in 1888 into the 3/Dragoon Guards, and entered Staff College in January 1895. Having been promoted Colonel in 1904, Robertson held the key post of Commandant at the Army Staff College, Camberley (June 1910-October 1913), after Henry Wilson and was subsequently DMT at the War Office. He is regarded as having been one of the three most outstanding Staff College Commandants (with Wilson, his predecessor and Rawlinson, his successor). Robertson was QMG to Sir John French's British Expeditionary Force (BEF), then GCS until 1918 (renamed in December 1915, CIGS, when he received promotion to Lt-Gen.). A staunch supporter of Sir Douglas Haig, Robertson blocked Lloyd George's attempts to divert effort from the Western to the Eastern Front; unlike Lloyd George, Robertson was a keen Westerner, believing that the war could only be won on the Western Front. Robertson's name had earlier been mooted as a possible contender for French's position as British C-in-C; in the event Haig received the appointment; historians speculate that Robertson's humble beginnings as a Private worked against him. Having thus antagonised the Prime Minister, Robertson resigned in February 1918, taking instead the lesser role of C-in-C of the British Home Forces (replacing Sir John French) and was himself replaced by FM Sir Henry Wilson, whom he had succeeded as Commandant of the Staff College. Commanding the British forces on the Rhine from 1919-20; Robertson was first made Bt. in 1919, then FM in March 1920. He published his autobiography, From Private to Field Marshal, the following year and died in 1933. 115 Sir William Robertson, From Private to Field Marshal (London: Constable and Co 1921), pp. 85-6. 116 Godwin-Austen, The Staff and the Staff College, op cit, p.236-8. 117 Some Notes suggested by the German experiences at Gravelotte, by E.S.M., undated, Records for 1903. 118 Senior Division 1909, Scheme III, issued March 16 1909 by W.P.B., Records for 1909, JSCSC Archives. 119 Senior Division 1912, 1870 Campaign, Exercise I by E.M.P., 22nd January 1912, Records for 1912, JSCSC Archives. 120 Later Lt-Gen. Sir Richard Haking (1862-1945); GOC 5/Brigade August 1914; wounded. GOC 1st Division, Dec. 1914-Sept. 1915; thereafter GOC XI Corps until the wars end, during which time he took it to Italy (November 1917-February 1918); took temporary command of First Army in September 1916. Later High Commissioner for ther League of Nations of the Free City of Danzig and Hon. Col. Of the Hampshire Regt.. 121 Letter dated 8.4.03, Parties for the Battlefields, Signed E.S.M. (Lt-Col. ES May), Records for 1903, JSCSC Archives. This is at Appendix Two. 122 Godwin-Austen, op cit, p.238 123 Ibid, p.239.



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Senior Division 1905. Subject for Memoir. Issued 24th March 1905, due in on 5th August 1905 by R.H., Records for 1905, JSCSC Archives. 125 Instructions for Keeping and Writing Up War Diaries and Intelligence Reports, Staff College 25th May 1908, Records for 1908, JSCSC Archives. 126 FM Count Radetzky, 1766-1858, a Czech nobleman, led Austrian troops to defeat Sardinian rebels in Italy, but is better known for the march that Johann Strauss composed years later in his honour. 127 Douglas Haigs Chief of Staff; later Lt-Gen. Sir Lancelot Kiggell, 1862-1954. 128 Junior Division 1905. Syllabus for Examination in Military History & Geography, Strategy and Tactics, November 1905, Staff College 11th August 1905, (signed) LE Kiggell, Colonel, Records for 1905, JSCSC Archives. 129 Junior Division 1913, Problem in Connection with the American Civil War by W.R.R., 2.4.13, Records for 1913, JSCSC Archives. 130 Junior Division 1913, 2nd Paper, American Civil War by F.M., October 4th 1913, Records for 1913, JSCSC Archives. 131 Junior Division 1904, 1866 campaign, Task No.88, Issued 10.11.04, Records for 1904, JSCSC Archives. 132 Junior Division 1904, Task No.91, issued 14.11.04, Records for 1904, JSCSC Archives. 133 The American Army, Lecture Notes by C.L.M., Records for 1904, JSCSC Archives 134 Memoir. Senior Division, issued 13.11.05 by H.S.R. Records for 1905, JSCSC Archives. 135 Later Gen. Lord Rawlinson of Trent (1864-1925); son of a general and baronet; commanded British Fourth Army, 1916-18, latterly triumphant at Amiens (August 1918), then C-in-C India, where he died. 136 Keith Jeffrey, FM Sir Henry Wilson. A Political Soldier (Oxford: University Press 2006), p.79. 137 Junior Division 1906. Paper on Field Entrenchments. Issued 4.4.06 by J.P.D.C., Records for 1906, JSCSC Archives. 138 The diary is in the National Army Museum at 7807/25-7. 139 Ian FW Beckett, Johnnie Gough VC (London: Tom Donovan 1989), p.115. 140 Later Lt-Gen. Sir Tom Bridges, 1871-1939, KCMG, KCB, post-war Governor of South Australia. 141 Beckett, op cit, p.115. 142 Senior Division 1905, Issued 26.9.05 by R.H. Records for 1905, JSCSC Archives. 143 Col. CE Callwell, Small Wars: Their Principles and Practice (London: HMSO 1896, new edition University of Nebraska Press 1996). 144 Junior Division, 1910. Warfare in Uncivilised Countries, Notes No.1, November 17, 1910, by C.G.S., Records for 1910, JSCSC Archives. 145 Godwin-Austen, op cit, pp.249-51. 146 Ibid, p.251. 147 Joint Naval and Military Staff Tour. March 1906. Records for 1906, JSCSC Archives. 148 Senior Division 1909, Syllabus: Schemes Indoor & Outdoor, and Notes, issued, not including lectures, Records for 1909, JSCSC Archives. 149 Weissenburg, 4 August 1870; Woerth, 6 August 1870; Spicheren (also called Forbach), 6 August 1870; Colombey, 14 August 1870; Vionville-Mars-la-Tour, 16 August 1870; Gravelotte-St. Privat, 18 August 1870; and Metz,, besieged 3 September-23 October 1870. 150 Battlefield Tour 1907. Programme. Dated 18th February 1907. Records for 1907, JSCSC Archives. 151 Ibid. 152 Gen. Sir Charles Harington (1872-1940), BGGS 1915-17, COS Italy 1917-18; Maj-Gen., COS of Second Army 1918; DCIGS 1918-20; later GOC Aldershot Command 1931-3; Governor of Gibraltar 1933-8. 153 Gen. Sir Charles Harington, Tim Harington Looks Back (London: John Murray 1940), p.33. 154 Maj-Gen. RJ Collins, Lord Wavell. A Military Biography (London, Hodder and Stoughton 1947), p.49. 155 Victoria Schofield, Wavell. Soldier and Statesman, (London: John Murray 2006), pp.31-2; John Connell, Wavell, Scholar and Soldier (London: Collins 1964), p. 62. 156 Brian Bond, The Victorian Army and the Staff College 1854-1914, op cit, p.261. 157 John Connell, Wavell, op cit., p.63. 158 Callwell, Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson, Vol. 1, op cit, p.72. 159 Callwell, op cit, p.72. 160 Ibid, p.71.



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Ibid, p.71. Ibid, p.76. 163 Ibid. 164 Brig. Mungo Melvin, Battlefield Tours and Staff Rides: A Military Practitioners View, op cit, p.23. 165 Basil Collier, Brass hat, op cit, pp.134-5. 166 2 December, 1805. 167 22 July, 1812. 168 Built by Wellingtons engineers around Lisbon, 1809-10. 169 Captured by the French on 8 September 1855, during the Crimean War. 170 Memoir, Senior Division 1909 Task No.10 by H.W., February 6, 1909, Records for 1909, JSCSC Archives. 171 See the notes on Recapitulation of Some of the Ways in Which Cavalry Can Co-operate, as Illustrated by the Napoleonic Battle, by G.B., February 10, 1910, Records for 1910, JSCSC Archives. 172 See the 1910 notes on Railways in War, by R.W., January 26, 1910, Records for 1910, JSCSC Archives. 173 Senior Division 1909, Home Defence Problem, issued 26 February 1909 by G.M.H., Records for 1909, JSCSC Archives. 174 Senior Division 1909, Study of operations involving the employment of the British Expeditionary Force on the Continent of Europe, Task No.78, by H.W., November 8, 1909, Records for 1909, JSCSC Archives. 175 Ibid. 176 Senior Division 1912, War Game 12th, 13th and 14th March by E.M.P., Records for 1912, JSCSC Archives. 177 Senior Division. Battlefield Tour 1909, dated January 30, 1909, issued by W.P.B, [repeated from 1908] Records for 1909, JSCSC Archives; this is included at Appendix Three. 178 The Laws and Usages of War on Land, by Col. JE Edmonds, RE, General Staff, November 1909 (corrected to July, 1910), Records for 1910, JSCSC Archives. 179 Junior Division, 1912, Syllabus for Examination in Military, Martial and International Law, by J.G., October 1912, Records for 1912, JSCSC Archives. 180 Senior Division 1910, Paper on Machine Guns, 6th December 1910, Records for 1910, JSCSC Archives. 181 Bond, The Victorian Army, op cit, p.255. 182 Schofield, Wavell, op cit, p.33. 183 Keith Jeffrey, Sir Henry Wilson, op cit, p.81. 184 Ibid, p.72. 185 Ibid, p.68. 186 Ibid, p.69. 187 Ian FW Beckett, Johnnie Gough VC, op cit, p.139. 188 Senior Division 1911, Comments by the Commandant on memoirs written on one or more of the following subjects. (a) How to ensure concentration of superior force at the decisive point. (b) The employment of cavalry in co-operation with other arms. (c) The principles of command. - page 3, Records for 1911, JSCSC Archives. 189 Military Aviation Notes by H.R.M. B-.P, 3rd November 1911, Records for 1911, JSCSC Archives. 190 Summary of Aeronautical Strengths in Foreign Countries, 1912, Staff College, Camberley, 15.5.13, Records for 1913, JSCSC Archives. 191 Junior Division 1912, Syllabus for Examination in Strategy and Tactics by J.G., October 1912, Records for 1912, JSCSC Archives. 192 Senior Division 1911, Comments by the Commandant, op cit, Records for 1911, JSCSC Archives. 193 Ibid, p.5. 194 Ibid, p.6. 195 Ibid, p.6. 196 Victor Bonham-Carter, Soldier True, The Life and Times of FM Sir William Robertson (London: Frederick Muller 1963), p.72. 197 Ibid, p.72. 198 Senior Division 1912, Exercise on Wastage of Personnel in War, 8-2-12, by W.R.R., Records for 1912, JSCSC Archives. In 1913, Wully also issued a Comparison of Casualties in the Russo-Japanese War 1904-5 and that of the Franco-German War of 1870-01 to all students.



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Junior Division 1912, Artillery Exercise No.1, by H.S.J., 11th February 1912, Records for 1912, JSCSC Archives. 200 The failure to graduate was by no means uncommon in this era, when an Oxbridge degree was (arguably) merely a nice polish to an expensive public school education, and future careers did not rest on possession of a degree. Attendance at university, however, was relatively unusual for army officers and a mark of Haigs aptitude and intelligence. 201 1877-1916. 202 Letter D. Haig to P. Howell, 3 October 1907, Philip Howell (18770-1916) Papers, LHCMA, KCL, Howell 2/18. I am most grateful to Prof. Gary Sheffield for bringing this reference to my attention. 203 John Terraine, Douglas Haig: the Educated Soldier (London: Hutchinson 1963), p.49. 204 Douglas Haig, Cavalry Studies: Strategic and Tactical (London: Hugh Rees 1907). 205 Haig, op cit, introduction, and cited in John Terraine, Douglas Haig: The Educated Soldier (London: Hutchinson 1963), p.35. 206 Supplied for several years; see Senior Division 1913, Instructions for the Visit to Foreign Battlefields, Notes for Coulmiers, by L.J.B., April 1913, Records for 1913, JSCSC Archives. 207 Ibid. 208 Ibid. 209 Coulmiers, 9 November 1870; Loigny-Poupry, 2 December 1870; Beaune la Rolande, 28 November 1870; Le Mans, 10-12 January 1871; Villers-Bretonneux, 26 November 1870. 210 See Peter Pedersen, Villers-Bretonneux (Pen & Sword Battleground Europe Series 2004) 211 Most recently visited by this author in July 2007. 212 Basil Collier, Leader of the Few. The Authorised Biography of ACM the Lord Dowding of Bentley Priory (London: Jarrold's 1957), pp.81-4. 213 Senior Division 1912, Memoir by W.R.R. 1.7.12, Records for 1912, JSCSC Archives. 214 Senior Division 1913, Memoir, Records for 1913, JSCSC Archives. 215 Maj.-Gen. Sir Edward Spears, The Picnic Basket (London: Secker and Warburg 1967), pp. 165-224.



Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme This was a battle, but its significance as an event in human experience transcends the military. The tactical, technical and logistic problems it raised are often of high and absorbing interest. More and more, however, those of us who fought through this battle have become aware that what remains with us can best be described as a spiritual experience General Sir John Hackett 1

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Western Front Tourism. Given the tradition of battlefield tours to Waterloo and Gettysburg in the Nineteenth Century that we have encountered in Chapters Three and Four, it should come as no surprise that visitors flooded to the Western Front after 1918. what was surprising was the speed with which they arrived. Perhaps

Although this chapter

considers post-Great War battlefield tourism as a primarily a civilian phenomenon (which, in terms of numbers, it was), its relevance to this thesis is that the Staff College at Camberley and other military institutions sponsored many battlefield visits, using the ordinary tourist infrastructure. What separates the visitors to the First

World War battlefields in the 1920s from all those who had gone to battlegrounds before (or would travel to any battle terrain in the future), was that these were predominantly veterans, returning to their terrain, where huge numbers of them had served for example, around five million British and Commonwealth service personnel served on the Western Front. Most passed through or near Ypres, which although in ruins rapidly became the centre of a thriving tourist industry.


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Map 9: The principal battlefields of the Western Front 1914-18. Source: John Ellis, Eye-Deep in Hell (London: Croom Helm 1976), p.11.


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme Why had this not happened earlier? The First Wold War involved an

unprecedented number of people. About seven million men passed through the ranks of the British army during 1914-18, but in a uniquely concentrated fashion; a substantial proportion 5.3 million - served on the Western Front at some stage (mainly Ypres or on the Somme), and suffered an unprecedented number of casualties.2 Within the first year of peace (September 1919), Maj. Bernard Law

Montgomery (1887-1976) was undertaking a battlefield tour, having been asked by the C-in-C of the Rhineland Occupation Army (FM Sir Wully Robertson) to take a civilian friend of his on a tour of the French battlefields. The frugal Monty wrote to his mother, ...The trip will be Wiesbaden Strasbourg Nancy Metz - St Mihiel Rheims - Chemin des Dames Soissons Mons Mauberge Louvain - Cologne. A nice round trip and over 1000 miles by car altogetherHe is a rich man and I get all my expenses paid...3 An immediate observation to be made from this itinerary and

many early (post-1918) tours is that the early destinations were rarely exclusively British. The detritus of war that drew the visitors were deposited by many

nationalities British, Belgian, French, American and German.

Early Guide Books. To assist the travellers like Montgomery perhaps the most famous series of battlefield guides of the Twentieth Century were published between 1917-38 by the pneumatic tyre manufacturers Michelin of Clermont Ferrand (France), Fulham (London) and Milltown (New Jersey); in an effort to promote automobile tourism, they published a series of fifteen Illustrated Michelin Guides to the Battle-Fields (1914-18) in English, thirty-one titles in French, four in Italian and one in German.4 Numerous photographs in each show extremely well the destruction still evident in


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme post war France, Belgium and Italy; they were dedicated to the memory of Michelin employees who died for their country; intriguingly the earliest guide was the Battlefields of the Marne 1914, and copyrighted in 1917, before the fighting was over, and before one of the most dangerous moments the German March 1918 offensive threatened final victory. The translated Foreword for the original volume stated: For the benefit of tourists who wish to visit the battle-fields and mutilated towns of France we have tried to produce a work combining a practical guide and a history. Such a visit should be a pilgrimage, not merely a journey across the ravaged land. Seeing is not enough, one must understand; a ruin is more moving when one knows what has caused it; a stretch of country which might seem dull and uninteresting to the unenlightened eye, becomes transformed at the thought of the battles which have raged thereThis book appears before the end of the war, but the country over which it leads the reader has long been freed. The wealth of illustration in this work allows the intending tourist to make a preliminary trip in imagination, until such time as circumstances permit his undertaking the journey in reality, beneath the sunny skies of France. 5

In other words, Michelin had anticipated a wave of battlefield tourists before the 1914-18 conflict had even ended. The rest of the series, though, appeared after Seven of the English-

the wars end, the first English edition being Ypres (1919).

language editions from the authors collection are illustrated at Figure 5.1 (below).

The series was phenomenally successful and sales totalled over two million copies, the profits being recycled into French war charities.6 After the Second World War, instead of guidebooks, Michelin (in 1947) produced a series of four special battle maps tracing the path of the Allied armies liberating France in 1944-5.7 Both the First World War guides and the Second World War maps have recently been reprinted with great success.


Figure 5.1: Some of the English-language version Michel Guides to the Battlefields 1914-18 series. Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow (Source: of the Somme authors collection.)

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Another early guidebook was Douglas Wilson Johnsons Battlefields of the World War, Western and Southern Fronts. A Study in Military Geography, with a Foreword by Gen. Tasker H. Bliss was published in 1921.8 Although published by Oxford University Press and written by an academic, it would have appealed to few outside the military profession and it is significant that its author had worn uniform during 1917-19. Johnson had travelled the whole extent of Western Front (and into Northern Italy) as a major in US Military Intelligence and his book was part-guide, part-geological analysis of the battlefields, which he had surveyed personally during and after the fighting, from the point-of-view of both a soldier and a professor of geography. Johnson wrote pairs of chapters, one dealing in great detail with the His

topography of a region, the other detailing the military operations upon it.

important work is all but forgotten, but he makes several key observations; which have resonance today;

each revolution in methods of combat brings in its train a body of opinion intent on demonstrating that, under the new conditions of fighting, topographic obstacles have lost their significance, strategic gateways no longer exist, and commanding heights no longer command. Then, as opposing forces share in the new discoveries, or profit in equal measure by new systems, the fundamental importance of topography reasserts itself, and each side maneuvers for an advantageous position on the terrain as one of the prerequisites to victory in battle..9 This viewpoint is similar to that of the geographer Peter Doyle, cited in the Introduction. Johnson goes on to suggest that two elements are key to understanding the relationship of topography to modern warfare: ...the first is a reasonably accurate mental image of each battlefield, a picture of those salient features of the terrain which might be expected to influence the dispositions and movements of armies. The second is a record of the military operations on each battlefield presented10 Johnson here identifies the basis on which most military battlefield excursions and studies take place, and the reason for doing so on the ground, rather than in the -239-

Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme classroom. states, It is difficult to place Johnsons book in terms of readership, for he

if thesechapters prove of service to the future historian of the war.if they aid the military student in analyzing the operations of each battle and campaign.if they furnish the intelligent traveler with a new form of guide to the European battlefields.the authors labours will be most abundantly rewarded.11 Johnson is writing not just of tactics on the ground, or the operational level of war (not that he would have used the term) but is making an impassioned plea to decision-makers at the political-strategic level, that the nature of the ground remains paramount, illustrating the cause and continuing need for battlefield tours and staff rides. One could read this passage (written in 1919-20) in 2006 with Afghanistan or Iraq at the back of ones mind:

One object of the present volume is to demonstrate the fallacy of the contention that modern methods of warfare have reduced to insignificance the rle of the terrain in strategy and tactics. This demonstration might be made by abstract argument: by showing that, despite the enormous improvement in the artillery and other arms of service, it is still the infantry which must drive back the enemy and conquer the ground on which he stands, and whatever affects the movement of infantry remains a vital element in the fighting 12 This observation that whilst air can affect the course of the fighting, and help take terrain land is the only military component it that ultimately can hold ground, was vigorously re-emphasised in a June 2002 speech by Maj-Gen. Thomas Metz, You could fly over the land for ever, you could bomb it, atomize it, pulverize and wipe it clean, but if you desire to defend it, protect it and keep it for civilization, you must do this on the ground. The way the Roman legions did, by putting your young men in the mud. That means infantrymen lead the way and they are as valuable and needed today as they have been throughout the course of mankind.13 Being able to anticipate large numbers of civilian and military tourists visiting the battlefields, as Michelin did, implies that the tradition was well practised before the Great War, as Chapters Three and Four have concluded. This anticipation of


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme future battlefield tourism was also echoed by a First World War poet, Lt. John Stanley Purvis, 1890-1968, who (writing as Philip Johnston) penned in 1918 the remarkable High Wood, which was where he had fought and been wounded in 1916. As it is

both prophetic and very much in keeping with the theme of this thesis, it is quoted in full, here:

Ladies and gentlemen, this is High Wood, Called by the French, Bois des Fourceaux, The famous spot which in Nineteen-Sixteen, July, August and September was the scene Of long and bitterly contested strife, By reason of its High commanding site. Observe the effect of shell-fire in the trees Standing and fallen; here is wire; this trench For months inhabited, twelve times changed hands; (They soon fall in), used later as a grave. It has been said on good authority That in the fighting for this patch of wood Were killed somewhere above eight thousand men, Of whom the greater part were buried here, This mound on which you stand being.... Madame, please, You are requested kindly not to touch Or take away the Company's property As souvenirs; you'll find we have on sale A large variety, all guaranteed. As I was saying, all is as it was, This is an unknown British officer, The tunic having lately rotted off. Please follow me - this way ..... the path, sir, please, The ground which was secured at great expense The Company keeps absolutely untouched, And in that dug-out (genuine) we provide Refreshments at a reasonable rate. You are requested not to leave about Paper, or ginger-beer bottles, or orange peel, There are waste-paper baskets at the gate...14 The Fatal Avenue. Even before the First World War had ended, the War Office invited the writer and later Poet Laureate John Masefield (1878-1967) to write an account of what the Western Front looked like, a battlefield guide for those civilians who could not or


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme were not permitted to visit it (today we might call this a virtual guide). The result was a slim, 85-page volume, The Old Front Line, published in 1917.15 Masefields extraordinary book is unique, for he was writing of the Somme before the war had ended; he was not to know that the German March 1918 offensive and the subsequent battles to recover the lost ground had yet to sweep over the battle terrain he was describing. Photographs in the first British and American editions illustrate several of the locations, making this the earliest actual battlefield guide to any of the 1914-18 battlegrounds (it may have inspired the first Michelin guide, also published in 1917); Masefield observed the ground closely and thoughtfully and occasionally leapt forward to how the ground might look to a future generation, finishing his account on the morning of 1 July 1916: To most of the British soldiers who took part in the Battle of the Somme, the town of Albert must be a central point in a reckoning of distancesIt will be, quite certainly, the centre from which, in time to come, travellers will start to see the battle-field from where such deeds were done by men of our raceIt is not now (after three years of war and bombardments) an attractive town; probably it never was 16Long after we are gone, perhaps stray English tourists, wandering in Picardy, will see names scratched in a barn, some mark or notice on a door, some sign-post, some little line of graves, or hear, on the lips of a native, some slang phrase of English, learned long before in the war-time, in childhood, when the English we there. All the villages behind our front line were thronged with our people 17 It may be some years before those whose fathers, husbands and brothers were killed in this great battle, may be able to visit the battlefield where their dead are buried. Perhaps many of them, from brooding on the map, and from dreams and visions in the night, have in their minds an image or picture of that place. The following pages may help some few others, who have not already formed that image, to see the scene as it appears today. What it was like on the day of battle cannot be imagined by those who were not there18

In 1934 a young French officer would write of the same area, This breach in its ramparts is Frances age-old weakness. Through it Roman Gaul saw the barbarians rush in on its riches. It was there that the monarchy struggled with difficulty against the power of the Holy Roman Empire. There Louis XIV defended his power against the


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme European coalition. The Revolution almost perished there. Napoleon succumbed there. In 1870 disaster and disgrace took no other road. In this fatal avenue we have just buried one-third of our youth. 19

This was the young Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970), who was not to know that six years after he penned these words an even greater national disgrace and horrendous casualties would occur within the same fatal avenue. Unsurprisingly,

Richard Holmes used the term Fatal Avenue for his travellers history of northern France and Flanders. Sir John Keegan has noted how the route taken by the German panzers in May 1940, apparently an unconfined romp across open country once the tanks that led it had broken the barrier of the Ardennes forest and the River Meuse, turns out to have followed very closely the line of Route Nationale 43, which for much of its length is the Roman road laid out soon after Caesars conquest of Gaul in the First Century BC20

The quickest of glances at a map of the Arras-Bapaume-Cambrai-PeronneAlbert-Amiens area of Northern France reveals a network of dead-straight roads, all of which were laid down by Roman engineers, underlining the regions military significance even two millennia ago. Maps 10 and 11 show geologically why armies have been drawn to this manoeuvre corridor throughout the ages. A well-known

1914 photograph makes the same point, with British officers pictured inspecting the memorial obelisk on the battlefield of Malplaquet, erected by the French to commemorate the two hundredth anniversary of the battle, fought on 11 September 1709. This understanding of terrain is important, because it can help military

commanders, even today, choose appropriate campaigns to study, according to their needs. For example, before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, USAEUR V Corps units based in Germany studied Guderians crossing of the River Meuse (1940), because they reasoned (correctly) that they would have to undertake assault river crossings.21


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Maps 10 (above) and 11 (below) showing geological aspects of the Fatal Avenue. The Somme area (Map 10) is sandwiched between the low-lying Flanders Plain and the Ardennes hills. Higher ground in ruled in Map 11. This has caused armies through the centuries to fight in this small area. Source: Douglas Wilson Johnson, Battlefields of the First World War: A Study in Military Geography (Oxford: University Press 1921), pp.86 and 92.


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme Other images echo this sense of dj vu; in 1918, photographs (Figures 5.2 and 5.3, below) published in The War Illustrated, a weekly part-work magazine which appeared throughout the First World War, showed British troops on 21 November 1918, on their way to occupy the Rhineland marching past the Lion Mound at Waterloo (with the Panorama building in the background), and officers outside the Wellington Hotel at the same site two British armies on the same spot, separated by 103 years.22

Figure 5.2: Sketch of British soldiers passing the Lion Mound at Waterloo on 21 November 1918. Although this may be artists licence, they appear to have come from Nivelles and are marching North East, towards Brussels and occupation duties in Germany. Published in the War Illustrated on 21 December 1918, p.310. (Authors collection)


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Figure 5.3: Photograph of British officers outside one of the buildings (which still exist today) on the Waterloo battlefield site, 21 November 1918. Source: The War Illustrated, published 21 December 1918, p.310. (Authors collection) Military history repeating itself over the same terrain was not limited to Western Europe, but the ever-shifting frontiers of Eastern Europe with Russia have also prompted a sense of dj-vu by John Keegan and others.23 The German First

World War commander Paul von Hindenburg (1847-1934) had the unusual experience in August 1914 of directing the Battle of Tannenberg (26-30 August 1914) over ground he had personally studied 30 years previously during a staff ride, By a freak of fortune it was in Osterode, one of the villages which we made our Headquarters during the battle, that I received one of the two captured Russian Corps Commanders, in the same inn at which I had


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme been quartered during a General Staff Ride in 1881 when I was a young staff officer24

Within a year of the Armistice, Capt. Atherton Fleming had written the 124page How to see the Battlefields, published by Cassell at half a crown (two shillings and sixpence or twelve-and-a-half pence today), the equivalent of half a days wage in 1919 prices).25 In 1920 Talbot House, the soldiers refuge in Poperinghe, Belgium

(also known as Toc H) founded by the Rev. Tubby Clayton, published a 91-page Pilgrims Guide to the Ypres Salient, by local resident Herbert Reiach. This was one of the earliest guidebooks to the Ypres area and contains a mix of historical articles, advice on visiting, a list of cemeteries and many period advertisements (which betray the method of its funding).26 The same year, Lt-Col. TA Lowe DSO, MC, published The Western Battlefields. A Guide to the British Line (Figure 5.4, below).27

Figure 5.4: The evocative cover of Lt-Col. TA Lowes battlefield guidebook of 1920. (Authors collection) -247-

Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme Lowes advice in this volume extended to the sartorial: What to Wear: As for clothes, an old golfing suit is the most suitable, with stout boots and leggings: the latter protect the shins against sharp ends of wire, for there is still a certain amount lying about in the undergrowth. A mackintosh coat or cape should always be carried except when there is no doubt about the weatherLadies should wear strong boots, thick woollen stockings, and short skirts, with woollen jumper or jersey, if they wish to really enjoy the tour. The country is so rough that any lighter form of kit would be absurd Field gasses and a camera complete the outfit, except that I strongly recommend the addition of a Small First Aid outfit containing some antiseptic which can be dabbed on cuts and scratches 28 Camberley Reopens. The Staff College at Camberley reopened its doors in January 1919, having terminated its last pre-apocalyptic course in August 1914, with the outbreak of war; students on the first three year-long post-war courses (1919-21) were specially selected on the basis of their aptitude and experience in the late war, and thus only spent a shorter time at Camberley. The pre-war tradition of visiting battlefields was thus dropped as it was recognised that most, if not all, students (who included Henry Maitland Tiny Wilson, Alan Brooke, Percy Hobart, and the VCs - Bernard Freyberg, Jack Gort and Philip Neame) of that first Staff College course had just fought over them (indeed their performance in the late war was a factor in gaining a place on the course). Neither was there time, as the course lasted just one year so there were no Senior or Junior divisions. Consequently there is no evidence that a battlefield tour of First World War (or any other) battlefields took place from Camberley in 1919, or in 1920. Nevertheless, James Marshall-Cornwall29 recalled the Staff College course was strenuous, but our weekends were free from work30 and was amused to encounter on a train up to London, Bernard Freyberg reading a life of NapoleonHe was certainly a very ambitious soldier and endeavoured by intense study to make up for his previous lack of education.31


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme Presided over by the Chief Instructor, Brig-Gen. (later FM Sir John) Dill, all the 104 students of 1920 seem to have had a good war and their ranks included (excluding bars) sixteen awards of a CB or CMG, 78 DSOs, 36 MCs, and thirteen with a CBE or OBE; whilst nine possessed no decorations (mostly Indian army, cavalry or colonial forces); whilst two each were from the RN and RAF.32 Three

were colonels and 37 lieutenant-colonels, but most like Maj. Bernard Montgomery, DSO had held higher acting rank (Monty had been a Lt-Col. GSO1 and later commanded 17/Royal Fusiliers in the Rhine Occupation Army). The Staff College

historian noted that the 1919 and 1920 courses together fielded 20 officers who had served as brigadier-generals, and their ranks included five VCs, 38 CBs and CMGs, plus 170 DSO (three of whom had bars).33 Amongst Montys exact contemporaries at Staff College were Maj. Victor Fortune34, an unlucky divisional commander in 1940 and - both as fellow student and later, fellow instructor and corps commander Maj. Richard OConnor (1889-1981) who had commanded the 2/Honourable Artillery Company and won two DSOs and an MC. OConnor, however, undertook a private battlefield tour during his summer leave in August-September 1920; with his mother and a fellow officer, touring the French and Belgian battlefields in a chauffeur-driven car before resuming his studies in September. The expedition was voluntary and

clearly OConnor (besides showing his mother where he had fought) also felt he could learn something by revisiting the scenes of his earlier endeavours.35

The third year (1921) at Camberley was sub-divided into 57 Senior and 52 Junior division students, only five of whom had no decorations, whilst one (Maj. FC Roberts, Worcesters) had a VC, DSO and MC; altogether, 76 had DSOs and 56 an MC; like the preceding two courses, the Seniors studied for only a year, but the 1921 Junior division being the first two-year course, became the Senior division of


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme 1922.36 One of the reasons for a paucity of records within the Staff College Archives for the immediate post-war period was the arrival of the new Chief Instructor, Col. JFC Fuller37 in January 1923. Fuller had attended most of the last pre-war Staff

Course, arriving in January 1913, so experiencing Robertsons last year and Kiggells first, but narrowly missed the summer battlefield tour, which was cancelled due to the outbreak of war in August 1914 when the College closed. Fuller had experienced an exceptionally good war, emerging as the GSO1 of the new Tank Corps in 1917 (and was instrumental in saving it, post-war). With reference to his pre-war Staff College training, Fuller later observed that before the war he had been,

an 1870 soldier. My sojourn in the Tank Corps has dissipated these ideas. Today I am a believer in war mechanics, that is, in a mechanical army which requires few men and powerful machines.38 According to his Memoirs of An Unconventional Soldier, my intention was to start with a clean slate. I did not want old schemes to amend or old lectures to re-hash. So, when the time came, I entered my office, rang the bell, and to the consternation of the head clerk asked him to have all papers, documents and schemes removed and burnt. And I sincerely hope that my successor did the same39 Fullers behaviour was partly the act of the enquiring mind he possessed, and partly a reaction that most of his generation shared against that which had gone before (the Great War, and the road that led to it). In terms of Kolb, we can assess Fuller as a blend of Abstract Conceptualisation (AC), and Reflective Observation (RO), in other words, an Assimilating Learning Type, or Honey and Mumfords Theorist. Fullers destructive tendency towards the Staff College archives was confirmed by the Commandant (Maj-Gen RJ Collins) in 1940, via a memorandum pasted into the flyleaf of the surviving Camberley records:


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme The Commandant has agreed that the Staff College files containing the years work for BOTH the Senior and Junior Divisions of the under mentioned years will be kept. The remainder to be destroyed:1923. Ironside Period 1929 Gwynne 1933 Dill 1935 Armitage 1936 onwards ALL to be kept[signed]18 Jun 4040 In 1923 Fuller also published his fifth book, The Reformation of War,41 in spite of the opposition of the CIGS, FM the Earl of Cavan, who began the destructive process (which continues to this day) of actively discouraging (then banning) serving officers from publishing books - which (to put it kindly) might be regarded as an expression of institutional anti-intellectualism. In The Reformation, Fuller looked

forward to tri-service strategy and the mechanicalizing of transport, artillery and infantry within twenty years, stating the age of the present naval Brontosaur is nearing its end.42 Another aspect of Kolbs Assimilating types is that ideas and

concepts are more important than people (Chapter One) and Fuller, alas, made as many friends as enemies with his ideas. With the blessing of his Commandant (Maj-Gen. Edmund Tiny Ironside43, who had requested him, and whom Brian Holden Reid states was Fullers mentor)44, it was Fuller himself (Jay Luvass says that Ironside gave him a free reign)45 who initiated the new-style battlefield tours for the Senior Division of 1923, in four-man unaccompanied syndicates to destinations of their own choosing. This division could muster a VC (GRP Roupell, East Surreys), 26 DSOs, 24 MCs and nine other decorations between 49 students. According to a Staff College memoir46, sufficient funds were allotted for a ten-day visit in civilian clothes, and the meat of the exercise was the comprehensive report the syndicate penned afterwards, which was marked by syndicate and divisional Directing Staff.


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme The New Battlefield Tours. The Staff College have kept records of only some tours in nine years (of the seventeen years they ran, 1923-39), as follows: 1923 (seven tours); 1926 (ten tours); 1927 (11 tours); 1928 (13 tours); 1929 (16 tours); 1930 (12 tours); 1931 (11 tours), 1938 (eight tours) and 1939 (nine tours)47. From the start, these were known as

Foreign Tours, not battlefield tours and the 1923 tours took place during January or April-May. Half the 1923 reports are missing; despite there being 49 students in the 1923 Senior Division, reports from only seven four-man syndicates survive; as most locations differ, the surmise is that the reports had been weeded for repetition (perhaps by Fuller himself, or perhaps his successors in 1940) and only a representative sample survive.48

The 1923 tours visited Alsace-Lorraine; Verdun-Rheims-Soissons; MetzVerdun-Rheims; East Prussia; Northern Italy; South-East Europe; whilst two tours went to areas of the Italian battlefields (where the British fought in 1917-18). Instantly, one can observe that this kind of tour was very different to the pre-war idea of the whole division touring the Franco-Prussian battlefields. There was a huge

onus on the individuals to first agree their campaign, then prepare by intensive reading, and conclude with a post-tour phase of report-writing; but validation was difficult because no DS accompanied the syndicates, who were marked only on their written work and campaign narrative, rather than their apparent profound understanding of the terrain and its effect on leadership and decision-making. It is

difficult to comprehend why such small groups were despatched, when the readymade formula of the traditional Camberley syndicate (ten), plus a DS, was available and could easily have accomplished the same result, with the DS stimulating and moderating discussions, as in the syndicate room. Maj. Carolyn Johnstones thesis,


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme discussed in Chapter One, observed that syndicate room discussions could be seen as an ideal vehicle for professional developmentFormally arranged discussions can also assist students in developing skills as self-directed learners, 49 which may have been Fullers aim, but Johnstone also argues also that the discussions can be transferred easily to place of workthe students have to apply their expertise in diverse circumstances and the learning environment should reflect the fact that clearcut answers are not always available50 The post-war tours provided an

opportunity for this and, conducted in syndicates or groups of syndicates, would have provided continuity with the Camberley methodology.

Apart from Fullers idiosyncratic objectives, perhaps the answer lies also in the nature of the report submitted, as a model of service writing and report-making; there is also a sense of the students adding to the history of warfare on the Staff College shelves (as the first post-Second World War tours of 1947 were also designed to do).51 Whilst requiring much engagement from students, the overseas element of the tour was essentially passive, with the students having to do little more than survey the terrain in conjunction with narrative histories; but this is also an example of Fullers approach less spoon-feeding and more making the student think for himself: in 1926, Fuller had observed, The Staff College was run like a school (absurd)I, in my division, changed it into a university.52

The group visiting Metz-Verdun-Rheims between 11-17 January 1923 (see Map 9), spent five days on the ground, with and without their French hosts; alas, they do not state why they chose their destinations or what their learning outcome was to be. Their report53 highlights aspects of battlefield touring war-torn France and

Belgium in the 1920s,


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme 1. The size of the syndicate should be kept down; four is suggested as a maximum so as to allow room in a five-seated car, for a guide if required. 2. The syndicate should be composed of all arms if possible, but infantry and artillery officers are essential. 3. Each member of the syndicate should prepare a paper on the operationsallotted to him for study. It is essential that such papers should be produced in sufficient time to allow their being thoroughly digested before the tour commences, asthe journal and discussions will take up all the time available4. When a programme has been arranged, it should be sent, in ample time, to the Military Attach at PARIS together with a request for any further information that may be required 6. A car is essential if any benefit is to be obtained from the visit. 54 The points about all-arms syndicates and preparing papers beforehand (in the manner of a present-day HCSC Staff Ride), emphasises Vygotskys concepts of the importance of learning from each other, and is an excellent example of Kolbs whole CE-RO-AC-AE Learning Cycle at work. Administratively, the syndicate observed,

1. Use of car. A car, whether taken over, or hired locally, is essential, if full benefit is to be obtained for time spenta powerful car is required in the devastated areas. In the ARGONNE especially, gradients are steep and road surfaces thoroughly bad. When off the beaten track, the road, where it crosses the front trench systems, should be carefully reconnoitred2. Hotel Accommodation. Varies considerably. METZ. Grand Hotel. Moderate. Room 15 frs. Dejeuner 10 frs. Dinner 10 frs. But extras charged for. Bill for four persons, from 11 p.m. Wednesday to 3 p.m. Friday, including one dinner to a French officer was 550 frs. (8.7.0). REIMS. Grand Hotel du Nord. Very reasonable. Room 15 frs. Double room 25 frs. All meals out, so the bill would be an unfair comparison. VERDUN. The party was accommodated by the French ArmyMeals. Good in hotels, but expensive. In station buffets, good and cheap. Restaurant cars should be avoided if possible. In the HAVRE-PARIS train, lunch for four came to 55 frs. In the REIMS Station buffet, a very much better lunch came to 32 frs. Beer in this district was light and good, and a better drink than the vin ordinaire. Food on the SOUTHAMPTON-HAVRE boat is bad and very expensive. 3. Liaison with local Officials. In this instance, a first call was paid at METZ, as a consequence, Staff cars were provided at METZ and VERDUN, and accommodation at VERDUN.In each place visited, arrangements were made for a French officer to meet the party and act as guide. 4. Kit. Boots are badly cleaned and always scraped with a knife. Also the battlefields still abound in old wire, half buried. As a consequence, old boots, provided they are watertight, are recommended. A dinner jacket is not required. But in view of the necessity of entertaining French Officers, a good dark or blue serge lounge suit should be taken7. The French Staff and Officers start earlier, and keep


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme different hours to those looked on as normal in England. If the programme demands it, a start at 7.30 a.m. is not looked upon as anything out of the way. 8. It is essential that each such party should include a good linguist of the country or countries visited. It is also an advantage for the party to be composed of different arms, including at least one R.A. and one R.E. officer10. Finance. Allowances easily covered expenses, but this was almost entirely due to:- (a) The provision of a free car for 4 out of the 6 days. Car hire for the last came to 740 frs. (over 13.). (b) The provision of free accommodation at VERDUN. (c) The favourable rate of exchange, averaging 66 frs. to the sovereign55 This is a lost era of boot-boys and sovereigns; but the report reads partly like a modern travellers Rough Guide and has been written by and for those un-used to visiting war-torn France. The advice about cars would equate to an enjoinder to use a 4x4 vehicle today and it is interesting to note that the HCSC Staff Ride (Chapter Eight) adopts this self-drive, syndicate-per-car approach today. Most British officers travelling in France five years earlier (in 1918) would have been doing so at their Governments expense, in uniform, with no knowledge or consideration of exchange rates, car hire charges, tipping habits or where to eat cheaply. This had altered

considerably and the nature of the Administrative Report perhaps implies a gulf between expectations and reality. It also points up a profound isolationism in

understanding Continental habits (Frenchofficers keep different hours to those looked upon as normal in England). Still in 1923, Charles Carrington, MC,56

formerly of the 1/5th Royal Warwicks, was exploring the ground he had fought over six years earlier, at Biaches on the Somme - with unexpected results. He found, A trench full of the flotsam and jetsam of war. I dug an old gun out of the mud and found to my surprise that it was not a modern rifle but a Brown Bess musket, dropped there by some British soldier during Wellingtons last action against a French rearguard in 181557

The Caddick-Adams Tour. Other travellers enduring the same challenges of war-torn France and Belgium included many veterans, including this authors grandfather, Charles Caddick-Adams,


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme MC (1889-1969), who took his wife - whom he had married on leave in 1915 - on a three-week private battlefield tour in 1921.58 Travelling by train and chauffeur-

driven car, they visited the areas where he had led his battalion, his old billets where his wartime civilian hosts still resided, and cemeteries at Ypres, Loos and on the Somme containing fallen comrades from the 1/5th North Staffordshire Territorials, into which he had been commissioned in 1910. They also visited popular sites with which he had no personal connection, such as Zeebrugge (scene of a coastal raid on 23 April 1918). The photograph album they compiled of this tour (now in the

authors possession) also contained many picture postcards of battlefield tourist attractions, such as coastal guns and wreckage at Zeebrugge (Figure 5.8) and Ostend, craters (on the Somme) and ruined buildings (at Ypres, Lens and Bethune, Figure 5.5) and churches (at Arras and Amiens); thus the tour was part pilgrimage (the cemeteries and billets) and partly a tour of battlefield curiosities.59 In his diary, Charles recorded

Figure 5.5: picture postcard of a military cemetery at Bethune, purchased during the Caddick-Adams battlefield tour of May 1921, before the Imperial War Graves Commission had installed their distinctive headstones. (Source: authors collection).


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Figure 5.6 (above) is a picture postcard from the Caddick-Adams 1921 tour showing the primitive nature of refreshments on the immediate post-war battlefields, but hinting at an immediate tourist industry (note the caption is in English). Judging from the landscape, the postcard would seem to date from 1918-19. Figure 5.7 (below) shows an aspect of the Loos battlefield, c.1919; this is further evidence of the instantaneous arrival of tourists on the 1914-18 battlefields. The civilian in the foreground gives a good sense of scale alongside the trenches. The authors grandfather led his battalion (1/5th North Staffordshire Regt.) over this terrain on 13 October 1915. (Source: authors collection)


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Figure 5.8 (above): postcard commemorating the Zeebrugge raid of 23 April 1918; note the multi-lingual caption for tourists. This is evidence of the substantial postwar battlefield tourist industry - the captions are in French, Flemish and English. Figure 5.9 (below): fragment of a trench map of Gommecourt and Fonquevillers on the Somme, where CC-As battalion attacked with heavy loss on 1 July 1916; (note the trench called Stafford Avenue). The map was taken on the 1921 tour. (Source: both authors collection)


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Figure 5.10 (above): tourist postcard of wrecked British tank at Ypres railway station, purchased by Charles Caddick-Adams in a later tour (circa 1930, to judge by the reconstruction in the background). Figure 5.11 (below): this is the same tank, photographed in May 1940, purchased by the author in 2001. (Both authors collection)


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme finding shrapnel balls next to a War Cemetery at Gommecourt (on the Somme, Figure 5.9), where some of his brother officers were buried, and buying trench art engraved shell cases, a letter opener and pair of ashtrays made from cartridge cases, at Ypres (these are now in the authors possession); these and the widespread availability of postcards60 portraying post-war destruction and remains of trenches and bunkers in France and Belgium demonstrate that battlefield tourism was already in full swing.

From annotations in the margins, it is clear that the couple also made use of several Michelin guidebooks to the battlefields. The immediate popularity of

battlefield tourism is reinforced by the image of the wrecked British tank outside the Ypres railway station (Figure 5.10); whereas many war-damaged tanks were still visible around Ypres during the inter-war years, this one was deliberately displayed at the railway station as a tourist attraction, which proved embarrassing on the arrival of new tourists in May 1940! (Figure 5.11).

Further Camberley Tours. At Camberley, Boney Fuller61 and Tiny Ironside obviously had no qualms about syndicates striking further afield than Flanders (to SE Europe and Italy) no mean feat in the Europe of 1923, providing they delivered the goods. Amongst the 1923 arrivals at Camberley was Brevet-Maj. Arthur Percival, DSO and bar, OBE, MC,62 (who was later to surrender Singapore), whose biographer observed,

In many ways the highlight of the course was the foreign tour which all students undertook. Percival teamed up with a Grenadier Guards officer for a tour of the countries of Eastern Europe and an evaluation of the defence forces of Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary on which a detailed report had to be written.63 Although no formal Staff College archival records survive for 1924-5, an article in Owl Pie for 1925, Impression of East Prussia, indicates that the Foreign


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme Tours continued.64 The anonymous piece was of a tour during the closing months

of 1924 through Germany, which finally led us to visit Knigsberg, Fusterberg, Allenstein, [and] the battlefields of Tannenberg and Goeben.65 It is difficult to

conclude whether other tours took place in 1924-5, but the next set that survive are from 1926. Fuller himself had an enormous influence at Camberley but it is

instructive to note that his DS included at this time (1925) the very able Lt-Cols. AF Brooke66, RF Adam67 and HE Franklyn68. Owl Pie (which was edited by the

students) observed in the Christmas 1925 edition, Although it is not our rle to comment on the changes of the changing year, perhaps we may be permitted to congratulate the Army on the appointment of Col. Fuller as Assistant to the new CIGS. Too many generations of students owe too much to Boney for us to say less or more69 The magazine then carried an article by Fuller of a 1924 battlefield visit he had personally undertaken of Wolfes attack on Quebec in 1759 a fitting adieu.70 In January 1926, Lt-Cols. Montgomery, Paget71 (who had attended Staff College with Monty in 1920) and Pownall72 (Staff College 1921) arrived as Directing Staff. Whilst all the DS had either a DSO or MC, the service of the 52 students was more varied than before: they could still field 12 DSOs, 29 MCs and 8 other decorations, but 16 of the students had no gongs (not that this denoted a lack of war service - one of these was Frank Messervy, had fought with Hodsons Horse 1914-18, and would hold high command in the Desert and Burma campaigns).73 The records of ten foreign tours survive; what is interesting here is that all the operations they studied on location relate to 1914 campaigns, many of them exclusively French: Mons; Lorraine; Guise-St Quentin (28-9 August 1914); Operations of the BEF; Mulhouse-Alsace (7-9 August 1914); the BEF up to 25 August 1914; the Ourcq; the


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme French Armies 4-9 September 1914; the Marne 6-9 September 1914 (twice). This

time, the exercise seems dominated by a theme (the encounter battles of 1914), plus the opportunities afforded for liaison with the French, perceived as the major military power on the Continent, and occupying the Ruhr with Belgium until 1929; interestingly, some of these early battles were not regarded as French achievements at the time (Guise and the Ourcq, for example). remarks for each syndicates work. Other years contain all the DSs

It is indeed a great shame that few of the

instructors comments have been preserved from the 1926-8 period, which is exactly when Montgomery was on the Staff. He may not have been involved directly with

the foreign tours, but the battlefield tour reports are the only papers extant from this period at the Staff College. Messervys syndicate (in strident political overtones)

chose the battle of the Marne, 6-9 September 1914 because,

the battle affords an example of what may well recur as long as the British Government maintains its accustomed attitude of balance of power. This inevitably results in:- A small expeditionary force fighting as a unit in a large continental Army to defeat an enemy seeking world power. Its commander with his hands tied by special instructions from the Government, which preclude him risking severe losses, owing to the fact that his specialist force must supply the cadre of instructors for the nations army when formed. A lack of trust in allies, due to the evident superiority, man for man, of British long service troops over continental conscripts74 They also visited the military college at St Cyr, observing that: Much time is spent on Military History and cadets are crammed with knowledge of campaigns from the time of Alexander the Great to modern times. It is doubtful whether real value is obtained as the cadet cannot apply his knowledge, and the tendency must be to try to assimilate a large number of facts without learning the lessons which they bring out.75 The same syndicate also recorded the general impression gained was that FRANCE was disappointed with her late alliesthe man in the street undoubtedly considers


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme that although both countries fought with him, they both made peace against himthat resentment against the USA was deeper than that against GREAT BRITAIN76 Capt. FS Tuker77 of the 2/Gurkha Rifles (who would command 4th Indian Division in Tunisia and Italy and demand the aerial bombing of the abbey at Monte Cassino) and his syndicate looked at Mons 1914 and then assessed how the battle would be fought with modern weapons in 1940 (of all apocryphal years). They

correctly decided to ignore the limitations imposed by the Versailles Treaty but did not foresee a great increase in the number of RAF aircraft; all artillery will be mechanicalized they stated, but also the need is now apparent for an increased number of [horsed] cavalry [to act] as Divisional Cavalryto seize, resist, demoralize and destroy; they foresaw a BEF of two Corps, each of two divisions (which was the case in 1939).78 Another syndicate in 1926 were more sceptical about the future,

financial considerations will not permit of vast schemes of mechanicalizationThough the next war will undoubtedly bring about radical changes, there can be little doubt that at its commencement manpower and horsepower will not have been entirely replaced by mechanical powerit is considered that infantry transport should remain horsed until the infantryman himself is carried in a cross country vehicle79 Although 1926 was the year of the General Strike, the reference to financial considerations is interesting, because reductions in defence expenditure became acute only in 1932. Not even in the early stages of Normandy (1944), were British infantry housed in cross-country vehicles; perhaps these scatter-gun guesses about the future can be explained by the fact that looking ahead a decade or so was not a common practice in the inter-war period; although military development had been fast in 191418, it had been preceded and succeeded by relatively slow periods (although the lessons were present in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-5 for anyone who cared to


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme search). Accepting consistently rapid progress and gazing into the future is more of a post-Second World War phenomenon. However, it certainly disproves the common belief that the Staff College (and by extension their battlefield tours) were stuck fighting the last war. Others thought more about process than outcome; the 1926

syndicate dealing with the Operations of the BEF, 6-9 September 1914 did so because

They form an example of mobile warfare which was peculiarly dependent for its success on the ability of the Staff to deal with rapidly changing situationsThe operations were of particular interest as the BEF was acting in co-operation with Allies. The syndicate considers that such circumstances may reasonably be expected to recur.80 Several tours of battlefields were conducted apart from those of the Camberley Staff College, by British military formations at this time. For example, the Karslake papers at the IWM contain details of a tour in March 1926, when twenty officers (eight officers of Southern Command HQ and twelve from 3rd Division) conducted a five-day tour in mufti of Mons, Le Cateau, Lille and Aubers Ridge, to practise writing orders and comparing 1914 with the present day.81

OConnor and Alexander. Lt-Col. Richard OConnor joined the DS in 1927, when the Senior Division was 62-strong, including a VC, DSO, MC (Hudson, Sherwood Foresters), another 12 DSOs, 40 MCs, seven with other decorations and 16 with none. Harold Alexander82 and Douglas Wimberley83. Students included

Eleven studies remain from this

cohort, all of which bar one (Battle of the Selle, 1918), again studied campaigns of 1914, and seven of these concentrated on exclusively French battles. Tour Instructions for 1927 are included at Appendix Five. The Foreign

For their foreign tours

during the Easter Vacation (between 15 April-15 May), syndicates for 1927 were


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme allowed 22-10-0 each, which was designed to be sufficient for a 10-12 day tour in France or Belgium and had to undertake

the examination of any phase of mobile warfare of The Great War which lends itself to profitable study on the ground from the points of view of: (a) What happened with the resources available and why. (b) What might have been done, if improvement was possible, in the light of the information available now as compared with then. (c) Briefly how, in the syndicates opinion, based on their similar knowledge of probable future developments, a similar situation would present itself and be dealt with 15 years hence [1942]. Static warfare problems are ruled out.84 They had to write subsequently an 8,000 word report answering these questions; typical was Alexanders four-man syndicate who looked at the battle of the Ourcq, 191485, as one had done the year before. Unlike the studies of 1925-6, those of 1927 stated the rationale behind their choice of battle. Those who chose the battle of the Marne (6-9 August 1914) did so because It involved the co-operation of the small BEF with a continental army a condition likely to be repeated in the future.86 Alexs patrician syndicate87 argued that the reason for choosing their campaign was that France was then Britains foremost coalition partner (retaining a large, conscript army), and studying the French armys recent history was a good way of understanding their modus operandi:

If it is confined to the exploits of the students own nation, military study becomes narrow and fails to achieve that breadth of view so necessary in those who would direct war successfully. This is particularly applicable to the British Army, which is seldom likely to be called upon to fight a European war, except in conjunction with foreign allies. The syndicate felt that by studying an operation carried out by the French army they would get a comprehensive picture of that armys organization at the beginning of the Great War, and a glimpse of the nations mentality.The Battle of the OURCQ, in particular, was chosen as providing an instance of joint action between allied forces at a vital juncture.88 This is a fascinating way of exploiting a battlefield tour as a means of studying a coalition partner, and one that we would value today. They were also obliged to


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme anticipate fifteen years hence, how the battle might be re-fought under the conditions likely to prevail in 194289 and to apply modern conditions to the historic battle of the Ourcq. Here again, we can see Kolbs ideas at work, particularly using their

Concrete Experience (CE) and encouraged to embrace Abstract Conceptualisation (AC). This is a strikingly pro-active use of a battlefield tour; their reaction to the

challenge illustrates how forward-thinking some junior officers were in 1927, for when asked to cast their minds forward, they were broadly correct in their predictions, though the group badly misjudged the future of the tank:

Tanks not being a commercial proposition, it is unlikely that we shall see a very large increase in their numbers, even in fifteen years time. Such increase as there is will be the product of money set aside for this form of military specialisation and will therefore be limited. On the other hand, the production of armoured cars is so much akin to that of touring and commercial vehicles that a considerable increase in these weapons may be looked for in the near future;90 However they were correct in their thinking about anti-tank weaponry and machine guns, misjudged chemical weapons, but were right about general mechanisation:

The presence of tanks, even in limited numbers, in the hands of the enemy, constitute so great a threat that every effort will be made to procure an anti-dote. The next few years will see the introduction of improved anti-tank artillery and minesAutomatic rifles and machine guns proved the most deadly weapons to the infantry in the open during the Great War. They are the essence of fire-power and more economical to maintain than rifles; machine gun units will therefore increase considerably, and a number of them will be mechanized [the Machine Gun Corps (MGC), raised in October 1915 had recently been disbanded as a cost-cutting measure, in 1922] Chemical Warfarewill show a marked increase. Humanitarian objections will not be strong enough to prevail MOTOR TRACTION Improvements in cross-country vehicles, particularly six-wheelers, and the mechanization of an increased proportion of field artillery will add greatly to the mobility and radius of action of formations [nearly all field artillery in 1927 was still horse-drawn] Improved organization, such as the introduction of extra machine gun units and the provision of antitank and close support weapons as part of the Infantry will increase mobility and firepower. [This prediction was accurate for 1940.] While the development of wireless, the increase in motor despatch riders


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme and improvement in methods of signal routine will speed up the circulation of information and orders in the modern battle91 They concluded, in modern war, owing to greater mobility and fire power and more rapid means of communication, the vulnerability of flanks is infinitely greater.92 Hindsight reveals, of course, that this flank vulnerability was exactly the German problem in their blitzkrieg through France thirteen years after Alex and his syndicate penned their thoughts. They also applied modern conditions to the 1914

battle, with a predominance of air and armoured assets. Fullers legacy demonstrates how in 1927 the aims of battlefield tours could be startlingly original and forced students to think out of the narrow confines in which they operated.

Another 1927 syndicate chose the Retreat from Mons with remarkable foresight because,

As the size of her [Great Britains] contingent is likely to be no greater at the beginning of the next European War than of the last, she may be early surprised by the attack of greatly superior enemy forces, and be forced hurriedly to convert an advance into a retreat; especially in view of the fact that she will probably be fighting without unity of command, and so without guarantee of co-ordinated action, by the side of Allies who may act independentlyThe employment of cavalry with mechanized forces also requires consideration, as the future of this arm will depend on its ability to maintain an equal relative speed to the rest of the army. 93 Although this syndicate were scoring first-round hits with every observation, their DS merely criticised their poor English; the syndicate went on to observe,

In BELGIUM, the people believe that there will be another big European War within the next 10 years, and that their country will again be the scene of operations. They were evidently afraid of an invasionby GERMANY and did not seem to be very trustful of support from ENGLANDThey did not have a high opinion of the efficiency of their own army. As one graphically put it, they thought their army would retire to SPAIN if GERMANY invaded BELGIUM The future of army mechanization appears to lie with BRITAIN and


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme GERMANY, French and Belgian machinery is likely to prove unreliable94 The Sapper Maj. Brian Robertson, DSO, MC95 (son of Wully Robertson), was at Camberley between 1926-7; in May 1926, his biographer states that the Camberley students were encouraged to volunteer to help keep essential services running during the General Strike, and went up to London dressed in their oldest clothes (to infiltrate the picket lines) and work as bus, tram or tube drivers and guards. The following year, as his biographer relates,

Probably the most enjoyable part of the course took place during Easter 1927. Small groups of students were given sufficient money to travel to France or Belgium and study a First World War battle of their own choice. An interesting light was shed on the more congenial aspects of this tour in an article in La Vie Parisienne: Chaque soir vtus dimpeccable smokings ils dnent ensemble et discutent tactique et stratgie Les problmes de stratgie sont multiplis, et les officiers anglais en soutenant leurs forces dun peu de champagne et de brandy96 This - and the following passage - reveal the easy route that Staff College tours can take, from battlefield to bottlefield, and recall Callwells description of the lurid night in a German cavalry mess in Metz (1885) enjoyed by his colleagues, and is an issue which has cropped-up throughout their history (and would do so after the Second World War). The Staff College historian (Maj. Godwin-Austen) also noted in 1927 that,

Another welcome part of the [Camberley] programme is the foreign tour, for which officers arrange their own syndicates and, unaccompanied nowadays, embark for the Continent to study some phase of the Great War. Their projected trip, with its objects, is laid before the Commandant, and they are then left to their own devices, equipped with sufficient funds to spend some ten days abroad. On return they must compile a report revealing the value of their trip. If at any time, in some Continental resort, you come across a motley crew whose business you find it hard to guess, or perhaps remark that some six or eight young men tasting the night life of a gay city in a manner that a slight thinness on the crown seems hard to justify, do not blame


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme them: they are more syndicate than sinning, and will duly produce an elaborate thesis which, no doubt, will deal with the psychology of the nation whose hospitality they are enjoying.97

Camberley in 1928. Some thirteen tours (which may be all of them) from the 59 students of the 1928 Senior Division (who included EH Bubbles Barker98, RC Bridgeman99, EE Chink Dorman-Smith100, JLI Hawkesworth101, OWH Leese102 (who also captained the Camberley Cricket 1st XI) and WRC Ronnie Penney103) survive. Leese recalled of his Camberley days,

You were presented with almost every known military problem in the many syndicates and schemes with which you were confrontedyou came away with complete confidence that no matter what problem might face you, either in peace or war, you would always be able to find a solution. You learned, too, at Staff College how to work. You were only given a limited time to get your exercise finished, and you knew that you had got to get it done in that time; you therefore learnt very quickly how to organise your work and how best to get it done in time, so that you were ready for whatever problem which might next be shot at you.104 The well-organised and brusque Oliver Leese is here expressing

characteristics of Marton and Entwistles Strategic Learning Approach; Leese is writing of Staff College generally, but one might observe that impossibly tight deadlines were also an aspect that could have been inserted into the battlefield tours, (as the Germans had been doing for decades and American staff rides at this juncture were also doing, see below) a supreme sense of urgency that to a degree replicated some of the friction of war; but this was not done.

Students generally spent a week away during the Easter Vacation, and again looked mostly at battles of 1914; six examined French campaigns of that year; five examined British, whilst two looked at Italian operations of 1915. For three years


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme running, students had pondered the battles of 1914, and were certainly avoiding any studies of the 1915-17 era of static, trench warfare. The prevailing mood amongst all the former belligerent powers was certainly that trench warfare was so costly that no nation wanted to venture towards anything similar in the future therefore encounter battles of the open warfare type, commonly associated with 1914 were embraced for study; but nothing of the combined arms success at Amiens in 1918 had yet been examined by any of the syndicates until now. So far, there is a sense, from the battles the syndicates examined in 1923-8, of denial of all military experience after 1914.

All fifteen tours from the Senior Division of 1929 survive; in contrast to the foregoing reports, these syndicates ranged far and wide, taking in many battles from 1918 and very few from 1914. Four looked at French operations in 1914; one, the

Defence of Belgium, none at the BEF operations of 1914; one examined the RussoGerman battles of Stalluponen and Gumbinnen in East Prussia (August 1914 the first study of combat from the German point-of-view); another visited Loos (1915); the syndicate led by Major Gerard (Jerry) Bucknall105 looked at Cambrai (1917) the first such Staff College report on this innovative battle whilst six looked at operations in 1918, one made a topographical report on the Franco-German border and one produced a study of three counter-attacks (Lagnicourt, Gouzeaucourt and Villers Bretonneux, from 1917-8). On the face of it, there seems no particular reason for the sudden explosion of interest in the rest of the war years, 1915-8, or the profusion of destinations visited in May 1929. Perhaps because a decade had now

passed since the most recent battles studied, it was easier to return and criticise; Douglas Haig had also died in January 1928; this may not have had an impact on the tours for 1928, but it may have meant it was more acceptable to re-examine his generalship in 1929.


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme There may have been another more cultural reason for this wide-ranging interest at Staff College in 1928-9 (the tenth anniversary of the Armistice and Versailles), that had not been expressed earlier. For a brief time there was an literary outpouring of wartime nostalgia as physical and mental scars healed, which commenced with the appearance in 1928-30 of several works, most notably Erich Maria Remarques Im Westen Nichts Neues - first serialised in the Vossische Zeitung106 from 10 November 1928 (a significant date in itself) - and subsequently published as a book in January 1929, where it caused a sensation, selling 200,000 copies in three weeks.107 By March it had been translated into English as All Quiet on the Western Front and had sold 260,000 copies by September; by December 1929 Remarque had sold a million copies in German and a further million in translation.108 Universal Pictures immediately bought an option and it became Lewis Milestones hit feature film of 1930.109 Remarque was writing ten years (1928) after the war had

ended and this time-lapse of a decade from the last of the fighting prompted many to rush into print, such as Robert Graves, Siegfried Sassoon, Edmund Blunden, Ernest Hemingway and Ernst Junger. All Quiets arrival coincided to the month with

Journeys End, still considered to be one of the best Great War plays, by a thirty-two year old insurance official, R.C. Sherriff.110 The single, collective experience the

war on the Western Front - was remarkably similar, whichever side of No Mans Land the authors found themselves. None of the other hard-fought campaigns (in the East, Italy, Salonika, Mesopotamia, Palestine, the Balkans, Gallipoli, Africa or even the Naval war) caught the public imagination in the same way (although this is beginning to alter now). Contrast this with the Second Wold War, where accounts

are as common from the Eastern Front in Russia as from Italy, Burma, Normandy or the North African Desert. Never before or since have so many works of literature


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme and memoirs from a single conflict appeared over such a short (two-year) time-span and whilst this was a cathartic, literary return to the 1914-18 battlefields for many authors, many physically returned also. Ironically, just as this outpouring may have stimulated many of their readership with the passage of time - to travel to their old battlefields, events conspired to rob them of the financial means to do so. May 1926 had seen the General Strike in Britain and October 1929 witnessed the Wall Street Crash, sending wages spiralling down and unemployment climbing to a peak of three million (in the UK) by 1932; this curtailed the ability of most to undertake trips abroad and indicates that the 1929-30 publishing boom in war memoirs was all the more remarkable, for it began just as the means to buy the books diminished. 111

Re-fighting Cambrai (Map 12). At Camberley, Jerry Bucknalls 1929 archived report (Syndicate No.13) is as interesting for the comments of the DS marking it, as for the research itself. This

report was triple-marked and all three DS (who did not accompany Bucknalls tour) appear to have been present at Cambrai, whereas none of the students had been. This produced almost a battlefield tour in reverse, with the eye-witnesses contributing back in Blighty, once the tour had completed. It is an extreme version of Fullers desire to promote self-education (rather than spoon-feeding), but one cannot help feeling in this case, that the DS could have contributed more by accompanying what was clearly a fascinating and well-rounded tour. The DS observations included,

We certainly gathered from Lord R[awlinson] that GHQ wanted to rethink the number of Divisions used + that GHQ looked on the whole thing as a rather doubtful experiment that Cambrai might be raided but not held112; the tanks were destroyed by guns run out on the flanks of the village [Flesquieres] on to which the tanks piled themselves up. I saw the result of this on the following day. From an infantry point of view the


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme exhaustion of the troops was largely due to the overweighting of the men. You mention the 29th Div. carrying 60lbs. my recollection is that in many cases it was nearer 76113 The DS comments here might be related to Kolbs Diverging learning type (from Chapter One), which blended Concrete Experience and Reflective Observation (or CE/RO), whom Kolb felt were feeling and watching individuals, able to look at things from several different perspectives. The terrain at Cambrai taught the

syndicate many lessons, but one cannot help feeling they might have been learned perhaps even more vividly if comments like these were pointed out on location by eye-witnesses (albeit their DS), rather than afterwards in exchanges of words. The

tour also provided a useful teaching vehicle on the operational level of war (not that the term was in use then). One of the DS mused in his comments,

Why was Cambrai fought at all? It was actually suggested soon after the battle that it had been fought to score off the political enemies of GHQ at home! You set out all the official reasons, but I must confess that none of them seem very convincing now, unless one tries to put oneself back into the position of GHQ in October 1917.Moral[e] effect of 3rd battle of Ypres. You could well stress this more than you have. The British Army was definitely tired by Nov. 1917114 Another syndicate in 1929, led by Capt. AF John Harding115 of the Somerset Light Infantry, examined aspects of the 1918 battle of Amiens. Apart from

examining their chosen battle on the ground, all the syndicates had to consider fighting their campaign with the possible effect of modern improvements in equipment and organisation.116 Again, the battlefield tour prompted DS comments which brought out some useful lessons that Harding and his generation were to apply in 1944-5:

The arrangements for artillery support [at Amiens] after the first barrage seem to have failed completely. What was the reason? The control of a considerable amount seems to have been decentralized to Infantry Brigades. Possibly as a result of Trench Warfare, brigades may


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme never have had artillery under their command before and so had had no experience in handling it.117

Map 12: The Cambrai battlefield, scene of the first massed tank assault of November 1917. Source: John Laffin, The Western Front Illustrated 1914-18 (Stroud: Alan Sutton 1991), p.114.

Apart from Bucknall and Harding, the 1929 Senior Division included Capt PGS Gregson-Ellis118, Wg Cdr AT Harris119, Major RL McCreery120, Capt GHA


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme MacMillan121 and GWR Templer122; (Harding, McCreery and Templer all also held office in the Staff College Drag Hunt), whilst the DS who marked the lone syndicate that went to East Prussia was Lt-Col Richard OConnor (Montgomerys contemporary as a student in 1920); his observations would be as pertinent to his own handling of the Western Desert Force, British Troops Egypt and VIII Corps (in 1940-44) as they were valuable to his students,

It would have been of interest to consider how far an indifferent form of operations order was responsible for the various misunderstandings, indecision + counter orders which occurred in various operations. And possibly most important of all how lack of determined leadership on whichever side it occurred, invariably was followed by confusion + lack of success123 Gerald Templers syndicate studied the Fifth French Army during August 1914 and offered some observations on leadership and tank country, stating that it:

has proved interesting in presenting the difficulties of co-ordination and the failure of subordinate commanders to appreciate correctly the intentions of the commander in the opening stages of a campaignIn considering what better action could have been takenthe open rolling country, of which these battlefields were very largely composed, was ideal for the movement of AFVs.124 An attack by Tanks would, however, have to be supported by a large amount of neutralizing fire or smoke, on account of the excellent field of fire provided for anti-tank weaponsThe existence of so many rivers emphasized the necessity of having a large quantity of bridging materials for AFVs accompanying the Field Army 125 Note this early use of the abbreviation, AFV. The DS and students identities point up another interesting aspect of staff rides, namely that instructors can benefit hugely from the process whether intellectually (as here with OConnor), or in terms (as Montgomery would do) of getting to know a generation of staff officers and thus be well-placed to pick trusty subordinates in war. It also benefitted the Joint

approach to war (actually, mixed-service operations were then called Combined)


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme as witnessed by Arthur Harris presence on the course. According to his biographer, Bomber (as he later became) Harris was struck by Monty

as an excellent instructor and a man with advanced ideas on the likely pattern of future warfareTen years later [in 1939]Harris drew on this knowledge of Montgomery and described him to his ADC as a very good soldier who will make a damned good general. Incidentally he is the first soldier I have come across who has a proper grasp of the vital role of a tactical air force in land battles 126 Apparently at the end of his last year, Harris was asked to stay on and join the staff but declined to do so.127

Defending Belgium. One 1929 battlefield tour was (uniquely) marked Secret immediately, and a series of Ministry letters still attached show that it was requested and retained MI3(a) at the War Office in 1933, as the only study of its kind, for the tour examined the Defence of Belgium, and began, It appears probable that BELGIUM will be the scene of operations in the initial phase of the next war in Europe. Throughout history BELGIUM has been one of the battlefields of Europe and, since the only war which seems at all possible in this area in the future is one between FRANCE and GERMANY, BELGIUM may again become involved, as she was in 1914The subject affords scope for the study of a problem facing a militarily weak power opposed by a relatively strong enemy. It also includes study of:- (a) Delaying power of demolitions and modern Artillery. (b) The future of fortresses. (c) The choice of defensive positions.128

This appears to be very similar to the German General Staffs use of staff rides, prior to the First World War, as a way of investigating and trialling real war plans on the actual terrain, where history becomes the cover story, rather than the guide, or metaphor. This, of course, was also Henry Wilsons approach to battlefield tours prior to 1914 exploring likely areas of future operations. In a separate,

attached letter, the syndicate observed that they had been accompanied by


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme Lt-Col Duvivier, whois employed in the Historical Section of the Belgian General Staff. While discussing very fully and frankly the various aspects of the problem of Belgian Defence, he was, naturally, unable to discuss the present day Belgian Plan.129

Touring in 1929, before Belgium adopted neutrality in 1936, this trip was a hybrid part terrain study, part TEWT examining the combat options of third-party countries, part report on an ally and part exploration of some of the Belgian battlefields of 1914. One of the areas it studied was mobility in the northern

Ardennes, around Malmedy exactly the route chosen by the German Peiper battlegroup in December 1944 (and was explored in the 1970s Ex. PIED PEIPER series of battlefield tours, see Chapter Seven).

Wider Tourism. As the staff college students were touring the battlefields of 1914-18 with education in mind, they would have encountered many other groups of former and serving soldiers there for different purposes. For civilians, pilgrims and ex-military men, from as early as 1921 Thomas Cook and Son was offering one-day Organised Automobile Tours of the battlefields of the Somme or Vimy Ridge for 150 Francs, inclusive of guide, meals and first class rail travel. Lurking amongst the

advertisements for hotels, restaurants and travelling valises in the 1921 Cooks Guide already were the following establishments (Figures 5.12 and 5.13, below), demonstrating the quick emergence of a war-tourism industry:


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Figures 5.12 (above) and 5.13 (below): advertisements from the Thomas Cook and Son April 1921 promotional booklet, How To see Paris and the Battlefields Automobile Tours.

The 53-page April 1921 promotional booklet, How To see Paris and the Battlefields - Automobile Tours contained twelve separate tours to battlefields ranging from Flanders, Vimy, the Somme and the Marne, to Chateau-Thierry, the Chemin des Dames, Rheims, the Argonne, Verdun and St. Mihiel. 130 Thus the Cooks tours were aimed as much at American (hence the Argonne, St Mihiel and a tour to Compigne) as British visitors. The Thomas Cooks brochure for Motor Tours, Paris & environs, & the Battlefields, July 1928 was similar but more comprehensive, in containing maps, route maps and photographs.131 tourists and souvenirs. The Great War had become an affair of

In this context, the Great War poet, David Jones,

acknowledged that Cooks tourists were visiting his old battlefield is his epic poem of 1937, In Parenthesis 132 - just as Philip Johnston, cited earlier, had anticipated the same eventuality before the Armistice. Jones own notes to the following lines in his poem, which appear at the very end of the work, state


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme This may appear to be an anachronism, but I remember in 1917 discussing with a friend the possibilities of tourist activity if peace ever came. I remember we went into details and wondered if the unexploded projectile lying near us would ever go up under a holiday-maker, and how people would stand to be photographed on our parapets. I recall feeling very angry about this, as you do if you think of strangers ever occupying a house you live in, and which has, for you, particular associations.133 In Parenthesis mirrored Jones own eight months on the Western Front with the 15/Royal Welsh Fusiliers, and described the adventures of (the fictional) Private John Ball and his battalion from training to an attack on Mametz Wood (10 July 1916), where many of his battalion were killed and Ball himself was wounded (as was Jones). In this sense, it can be argued also that In Parenthesis was Jones At the very end of the work, as the wounded Ball

(literary) return to the Somme.

crawls away, he has to dump his rifle and webbing, which are hampering his movements: Its difficult with the weight of the rifle. Leave it under the oak. Leave it for a salvage-bloke let it lie bruised for a monument134 At the gate of the wood you try a last adjustment, but slung so, its an impediment, its of detriment to your hopes, you had best be rid of it the sagging webbing and all and whats left of your two fifty but it were wise to hold on to your mask. Youre clumsy in your feebleness, you implicate your tin-hat rim with the slack sling of it. Let it lie for the dews to rust it, or you ought to decently cover the working parts. Its dark barrel, where you leave it under the oak, reflects the solemn star that rises urgently from Cliff Trench. Its a beautiful doll for us Its the Last Reputable Arm. But leave it - under the oak. Leave it for a Cooks tourist to the Devastated areas and crawl as far as you can and wait for the bearers135

The costs associated with battlefield visits and mention of first class travel in the Cooks brochure is a reminder that early civilian historical tours were still an


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme upper middle class phenomenon, although this may have altered in the late 1920s, as numbers permitted a temporary reduction in costs. been easier. Nevertheless travel had never

According to Bradshaws Railway Timetable for 1921, the battlefield

visitor could leave Victoria Station in London at 0845hrs and arrive at Ypres railway station by 2017hrs for a cost of 1/2s/11d [1.15] single.136 Numbers climbed

through the decade, in spite of unemployment and David Lloyd has observed that whilst 67,787 people signed War Graves Commission cemetery registers in the year 1926-7, this figure had increased to 104,000 in a four-month (May-August) period of 1931.137

The Menin Gate and Pilgrimages. On 24 July 1927, a crowd of 50,000 (mostly Britons) attended the unveiling of the Menin Gate by FM the Lord Plumer of Messines and Bilton (1857-1932), attended by HRH King Albert of Belgium and Marshal Foch of France, an occasion which was broadcast live by the BBC (in itself a most unusual occurrence) back to the United Kingdom, where it caused a ripple of sympathy and understanding throughout the land. This was partly because Plumer was an able public speaker and produced a

truly memorable speech.138 The ceremony resulted in the nightly playing of the Last Post by buglers of the local fire brigade, a ceremony still conducted today, interrupted only by the German occupation of 1940-44.

It also inspired the powerful and atmospheric painting The Menin Gate at Midnight by the Australian artist Will Longstaff (1879-1953) who had attended the ceremony and painted the dream he had experienced the night after the unveiling; in it, the ghosts of British soldiers rise out of the marshes surrounding the newly-built


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme Menin Gate at Ypres.139 Longstaffs still-powerful and very atmospheric Menin Gate at Midnight (1927), which now resides in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, is pictured (Figure 5.14) below. The ghostly outlines of the British soldiers are just

discernable in the foreground, assembling with rifles slung to pick their way across the marshes towards their own, newly-constructed memorial. The same month as the Menin Gate ceremony, Punch Magazine tipped its hat to pilgrimages and pilgrims by publishing a full-page caricature of The Rev. Tubby Clayton, founder of Toc H in Poperinghe, and sanctuary (as it still is) to many Ypres pilgrims.140

In August 1928, eleven thousand former servicemen had travelled by road, rail, ferry and charabanc to visit the old Western Front on a pilgrimage (as it was described at the time) organised by the Royal British Legion and the British Empire Service League, at a cost of 4/0s/0d a head. It was later recounted in the hard-back 152-page A Souvenir of the Battlefields Pilgrimage (1928), which contained letters of support from Edward, Prince of Wales and Earl Jellicoe, who also took part; it was to have been led by Haig, but he had died in January of that year. 141

Some married couples attended and photographs within the Souvenir book show not just solemn services and commemoration, but smiling faces exploring the Newfoundland Memorial Park and Vimy, wearing rusty helmets and clutching the metalwork of old rifles (see Figures 5.16 and 5.17, below), time on the beach at Calais, and the memory of others at Vimy: Please, miss, would you snap me where I was wounded? said a sturdy little Welshman to a Pilgrimess, who bore a camera. The Pilgrimess looked embarrassed. Over there, in the trenches, he

explained142 In other words, this trip, hosted by the French 51/Infantry Regiment,


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme based at Amiens, was a mixture of pilgrimage and tourist holiday. Also present were 265 ex-Service women and the same number of war widows, pilgrims from the Irish Free State, as well as young men who would have missed the fighting, which had started fourteen years earlier. Elsewhere that year, English tourists in Bruges were

being tempted to day trips by luxury car to Ypres and Dixmude for 26/- (a princely sum), by handbills, such as the one illustrated at Figure 5.15.

Figure 5.14: Australian artist Will Longstaffs evocative Menin Gate at Midnight (1927). Source: the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Eleven of the Camberley tours to foreign battlefields from 1930 survive in the archives; their stated aim was to write a report in such a form that it could be used as a basis either for a lecture or of an article for publication, which seems a rather selfdefeating limitation.143 One might have expected some of the excitement of walking the ground to be communicated via the report, to encourage others to do the same, but this does not seem to be the case. Following the 1929 pattern of disparate -282-

Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme destinations, five examined various British and French operations of 1918; one returned to Cambrai; three studied the BEF in 1914 and one the French in 1914; whilst the first studies appeared of the German attack on Verdun (21 Feb-22 Mar 1916) and the 1916 Austrian attack in the Trentino region of Northern Italy.

Figure 5.15: handbill distributed in Bruges during 1928, offering day trips by luxury car to the Ypres battlefields and Dixmude for 26/- . (Source: authors collection)

Amongst these, the syndicate that included the future X Corps commander, Capt. Herbert Lumsden144 of the 12th Lancers, looked at the BEFs cavalry and concluded that in August 1914, Cavalry units in many cases were without rations and forage. Although their efficiency suffered in consequence, they were still able to carry on. Today, if a similar failure occurred in the supply arrangements, a complete breakdown would result in the mechanized portion of the Cavalry Division.145


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Figure 5.16 (above) shows veterans with war relics at the Newfoundland Memorial Park, on the Somme, in August 1928 (Source: A Souvenir of the Battlefields Pilgrimage, p.45). Figure 5.17 (below) illustrates veterans and family members from North West England inspecting the trenches on Vimy Ridge, August 1928 (Source: A Souvenir of the Battlefields Pilgrimage, p.103).


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Figure 5.18: Booklets of postcards picturing battlefields, c.1920-30, illustrating the growth of inter-war battlefield tourism (Source: authors collection) -285-

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This is what would happen to the BEF in May 1940 and to Lumsden himself when pursing Rommels Afrika Korps after Alamein in late 1942 (and which resulted in his dismissal by Montgomery that December). Another syndicate looked at the German March 1918 attack on Fifth Army, surmising, The fact that no Battle Zone had been broken since trench warfare commenced led to a false sense of security, which made surprise all the more complete when the German penetration took place in fog.146

After the Second World War, many British commanders saw parallels between March 1918 and the German Ardennes attack of December 1944, likewise launched in poor weather and fog; these were links the US high command in 1944 were unable to understand because they had not studied this 1918 battle; for example, in 1968 Miles Dempsey wrote to the historian Ronald Lewin about the so-called Battle of the Bulge: The Americans of course had not experienced this sort of thing before. March 1918 and Dunkirk were part of our lives. I really do believe that this explains most of what happened in the Ardennes, and all the dramatic stories which have been written.147

Jack Slessor. In 1931 John Dill148 returned to the Staff College as Commandant, with Col HM Jumbo Wilson149 as one of the divisional colonels and Lt-Col John Smyth, VC, MC150 and Sqn Ldr John (Jack) Slessor, MC151 arrived as Directing Staff. Smyth

remembered Dill as a terrific worker [with] few interests outside soldiering and visited Germany with the Slessors, at the end of which, on our way back through France we spent a night at Bethune and, with the aid of some locally purchased maps, went in search of the Glory Hole in Richebourg LAvou, where I had won my VC in 1915In many places one could still trace the trenches and one would suddenly come upon a bit of trench which had been left just as it was. To my -286-

Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme great delight we discovered the Glory Hole trench in this condition with an old rusted shell and some bombs [i.e. hand grenades] lying beside it152 Whilst the formal Camberley instructional tours took place, less formal battlefield tours, such as the Slessor-Smyth one, were happening all the time. Slessor spent

some twenty pages of his autobiography commenting on his Camberley days, and underlined the success of Jointery: I think it is difficult to overrate the importance of such personal friendships between officers of the different servicesAt that age one learns more from ones contemporaries and equals than from any Directing Staff, and if there had been more mixing of the Services in the earlier days, there would have been less inter-Service friction than there was between the wars153 This author can observe with the safety of hindsight that one way of addressing such friction might have been to pick suitable multi-Service battlefield tours, such as (in 1930 terms) Gallipoli, or closer to home, the landings at Zeebrugge or the Battle of Amiens.

US Army Staff Rides in the Inter-war Period. It is instructive to contrast the battlefield touring activity of the British Staff College with that of other nations at this time. We have seen how the US Civil War battlefields themselves became manoeuvre grounds and encouraged both military exercises and military tourism in late Nineteenth Century America. inter-war period? What of the

The archives at the US Military College, West Point, New York (established by Thomas Jeffersons Presidential decree in 1802), indicate that the earliest organised battlefield visit by a US Army school involved the graduating class of West Point visiting Gettysburg in 1902. Annual Reports by the Superintendent of the US


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme Military Academy and the Gettysburg National Military Park Commission indicate similar trips until 1916, with the (unexplained) exception of 1908. These were not to learn staff techniques, but to assist the intense study of Civil War, as required by the curriculum.154 As a result of these West Point visits, military history captivated two of Americas foremost Second World War commanders. Both Patton (who

graduated in June 1909) and Eisenhower (graduate of June 1915) studied the American Civil War battlefields extensively as students, then returning many times afterwards. Pattons biographer, Carlo DEste, observes that during the interwar period Patton was able to indulge fully his interest in the Civil War and frequently took his family on outings to various battlefields, delivering detailed orations on the battle fought there.the German military attach, Gen. Friedrich von Btticher, accompanied the Pattons on the day in the 1930s when they visited the sites of the Battle of the Wilderness In 1932, without notes or maps, Patton unerringly took his family and guests to the place where his great-uncle had fallen at Gettysburg.155 Back in 1913 at the

50th Anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg, the US Army had sent 1,500 soldiers to assist the 40,000 veterans who attended. An Act of Congress authorized $150,000

(around $4.5 million today) to support the event which was matched by a further $150,000 from the State of Pennsylvania. One of the officers who had proudly

participated was Lt. Patton, who rode from Fort Myer with his 1st Squadron of the 15/US Cavalry Regiment.156 (See Figure 5.19 for photographs of the 75th anniversary celebrations.) For US Army officers stationed in Germany as part of the Rhineland occupation force, battlefield study guides were produced, designed to further military education via in situ study of battle terrain. A Staff Ride to the Battlefields of Metz

(War of 1870-71) was published in 1920 and, importantly, seems to be the first occasion when an educational battlefield visit (other than by West Point, Leavenworth or Carlisle) was specifically referred to as a staff ride; the book is literally just a


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme battlefield tour guidebook, without any of the accompanying staff exercises, syndicate work, or rle-playing instructions that one might expect to find with an excursion grandly labelled as a staff ride.157

In the aftermath of the Great War, US Gen. John J Pershing (1860-1948)158 began a series of battlefield tours of the late European battlefields for his officers, which evolved into A Guide to the American Battle Fields in Europe, published by the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) in 1927 to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Americas entry into the war. This was designed for US Army officers and was a comprehensive work. The 1992 reprint of the 1938 edition runs to 547 pages.159 One of its authors, assigned to the ABMC in 1926, was Maj. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)160. Leaving for War College (September 1927-June

1928), Ike then returned to the ABMC for a year of duty in France gathering information for a revised guidebook161. The project was closely supervised by

Pershing, the American Expeditionary Force commander, who personally vetted every officer assigned to him. For Eisenhower, this in some ways made up for his

lack of combat service in France during 1917-8 and gave him valuable insights for the European war to come.162

Yet another type of battlefield guide intended for the military user appeared in 1934, published by the US Army under the title Infantry in Battle. In over 386 pages it describes many small unit actions (grouped in twenty-seven themes such as surprise, mobility, infiltration and night attacks) from the Great War with detailed maps, followed by discussion points. In his Foreword, Gen. Edward Croft tellingly stated:


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Figure 5.19: Photographs of the 75th anniversary gathering at Gettysburg in 1938, attended by President Roosevelt. Such a close association between veterans, the US army, civilians and the Civil War battlefields did much to encourage the affection that many Americans still feel for their armed forces today. (Source: authors collection). -290-

Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme Sixty-five years ago a French officer, Col. Ardant du Picq, foreshadowed the need for a work of this kind. He wrote in Battle Studies: Deductions should be based upon study of modern combat, and that study cannot be made from accounts of historians alone 163.

Which, one might argue, is the point of taking serving soldiers onto old battlefields, where they can add their own observations to that of the historian in a real combat zone. The project was overseen by one Col. of Infantry George C. Marshall

(who went on to become the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Second World War and Alanbrookes counterpart as CIGS).164 Introduction observed, This volume is designed to give the peace-trained officer something of the viewpoint of the veteranBy the use of numerous historical examples which tell of the absence of information, the lack of time, and the confusion of battle, the reader is acquainted with the realities of war and the extremely difficult conditions under which tactical problems must be solved in the face of the enemy.165 This volume directly linked military training to Great War military history, although without setting foot on the ground (but this was for financial rather than educational reasons, because the US Army was training in America, not Europe).166 Marshalls

Eisenhower became so hooked that he eventually bought his retirement farm on land adjacent to the Gettysburg battlefield.167 As his biographer records,

Gettysburg was a place that possessed a special attraction for Eisenhower. He was very knowledgeable about every aspect of the desperate battles fought there in July 1863, both from a battlefield tour in 1915 [whilst at West Point] and from his extensive reading Eisenhower found solace tramping the battlefield alone whenever he could spare some time for himself. Later on, when Mamie [his wife] arrived, he would take her to the various battlefield sites and explain the events that had taken place there. Even though it was no a subject that particularly interested her, Mamie was proud that her husband was so knowledgeable that he knew every rock of that battlefield...168


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme As Eugenia C. Kiesling has observed169, a change in West Points curriculum in 1922 led to a cessation of visits to Gettysburg.170 The US Command and General Staff College archives at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, show that the various military schools at Fort Leavenworth (established in 1881) were also conducting battlefield trips by 1906, when Maj. (later Maj-Gen.) Eben Swift (1854-1938), the assistant commandant, took a party of twelve to study the North Georgian campaign of 1864. Previously terrain rides had been conducted in and around Leavenworth. T.R.

Brereton has traced how in 1894, during the opening year of the US Infantry and Cavalry School, on-site instruction for students had been recommended by Col. Arthur L Wagner (1853-1905) at some of the most noted battlefields of the War of Secession but this was only realised in 1906 as a staff ride.171 Subsequent years

visited Manassas, Chickamauga-Chattanooga and Jacksons Shenandoah Valley Campaign. 172

The US Army War College (founded in 1903 and then equivalent of the Imperial Defence College [now the Royal College of Defence Studies], established in 1927) essential for selection to higher level command and promotion to general officer - became the third major school to visit US Civil War battlefields between 1909 and 1940, when the curriculum changed. Little military history had been

studied until the arrival of Maj. Eben Swift from Fort Leavenworth, who introduced a wide range of tactical and staff problems, gradually increasing in complexity, which moved from model, to map, then onto historic battlefields. Col. Dominic R Settes Military Studies Program Paper argues convincingly that Swift made a huge contribution to the intellectual growth of the War College.173 Its archives, shared

with the US Military History Institute and the Omar Bradley Collection at Carlisle


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme Barracks, Pennsylvania, (to where it moved in 1951) include background notes and detailed blueprint maps of the battlefields visited, detailed terrain studies, records of attendance and notes of the discussion exercises.174 Military history, taught both in

the classroom and on Civil War battlefields, provided a central focus for the early War College curriculum; it remains an important element, though is no longer the central focus of its activities.175 Prior to 1940, the historical ride (which was a true

staff ride) was the centrepiece of the War College course; held annually in May and June, historical rides lasted two to three weeks and covered up to five hundred miles in the saddle, journeying between historic battlefields, following old military routes. According to Col. Sette, Frequently the Secretary of War accompanied by the President of the Army War College would join the student party during these rides and participate for up to 2-3 days.176 This is far more in keeping with the German model, and contrasts vividly with the more leisurely Camberley approach to battlefield visiting.

Conclusion. The use of Camberleys undirected battlefield tours, where syndicates chose their own destinations and travelled unaccompanied by Directing Staff, was undoubtedly Fullers legacy in giving Staff College students something of the university of life. What is striking is not so much their comments on the terrain they saw, but their observations on other European nations France and Belgium particularly. This was an era when foreign travel was still a relative novelty and

news media was still in its infancy; thus nations were far more isolationist than today and consequently their soldiers far more ignorant of each other than is the norm at the time of writing. Observations on the French or Belgians penned in these


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Five: The Shadow of the Somme battlefield tour reports can thus appear nave to the reader now, but were relatively profound at the time; this was one of the subliminal values of these tours introducing soldiers not just to foreign terrain, but foreign culture as well. After all, it was anticipated that the French and Belgians would be allies in the next war, and therefore one needed to know something of them. The tour reports also hint that

there was a general feeling of the inevitability of another European war, sometimes explicitly stated, but always present. Thus whilst these tours may not have prepared students tactically for fighting the next war, in terms of gaining an eye for the ground, staff work and liaison with Allies, they may have been excellent training at the operational level.

This Chapters heading was inspired by conversations in 1999 with one Second World War British infantry platoon commander, who recalled that the Somme dominated his teenage years in the 1930s and his army life in the early 1940s as it would have done all those who attended any staff college in this period; It seemed to me that the German infantry still followed the same defensive tactics which they had used so effectively in 1916I remember with horror being locked into the timetables of meticulously planned large battlesUndoubtedly, far shadows from the Somme clouded my emotions, but instinct told me that this kind of show would be unlikely to succeedThe Somme had also cast its shadows on our artillery and armoured commanders. Both genuinely believed that in their hands they had the panacea which would protect us, the infantry, from the terrible slaughter of 1916Now in my sixties, I do not underestimate the influence that the Somme had on the British military psyche177


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non fatal casualties recorded in the war, in all theatres, some of which represented multiple incidents to the same individuals. 65% were non-battle casualties; 57% of casualties on the Western Front were not related to enemy action; these could include non-fatal sufferers of the flu epidemic of 1918, disease, included VD, broken bones and cuts from accidents and falls from horses, range accidents and vehicle collisions. Apart from the Army Medal Office figures, all figures (other sources have minor variations to these) from Gordon Corrigan, Mud, Blood and Poppycock (London: Cassell & Co. 2003), Chapter 2, The Lost Generation, pp.52-76. In modern parlance, the entire population were stakeholders in the war, in a way they had not been since the Civil Wars of the 1640s. Thus, many had an incentive to visit the battlefields, and in staggering numbers. Never before had travel to the old battlegrounds been easier; they were geographically close, located on terrain owned by neighbouring friendly powers, possessed a dramatic quality of their own in terms of the memorials, cemeteries, wire, trenches, bunkers and destruction that marked their presence, and institutions such as Old Comrades Associations, the British Legion and tour companies removed much of the stress of solo visits by offering packaged trips for a low, fixed price. 3 Nigel Hamilton, Monty, Volume One: The Making of a General 1887-1942 (London: Hamish Hamilton 1981), pp. 142-3. As soon as the tour had ended, Montgomery found that Robertson had caused his name to be added to the January 1920 intake of the Camberley Staff College, the second since its closure during 1914-18. Montgomery also attended the British Staff School, established in France, during 1918. Due to the recent ending of the war and that fact that every one of the intake had combat experience, no battlefield tour was undertaken in this year. The Senior Division had contained Bernard Freyberg VC, Viscount Gort VC and three other VC-winners. 4 The first English language edition of these was Ypres and the Battles of Ypres. The others were The Americans in the Great War (3 volumes); Arras; The Yser; Amiens; Lille; Rheims; Soissons; The Somme (2 volumes); Verdun; The Yser; and The Marne 1914. All are currently reprinted by the Naval and Military Press, UK. Original prices (1922) for the English editions ranged between Two and Four Shillings per volume, or Thirty Shillings for the set of 15; quite an investment in the early 1920s. 5 Battlefields of the Marne 1914 (Paris: Michelin & Cie. 1917), Foreword. 6 Original copies of The Marne 1914, Rheims and Arras in the authors possession. See also battlefields.html, accessed 12 July 2006. 7 In the scale of 3.15 miles to the inch. They were Michelin Map No. 102 The Battle of Normandy, June-August 1944; No. 103 The Battle of Provence, August 1944; No. 104 The Battle of Alsace, Nov 1944-March 1945; and No. 105 The Road to Liberty, June 1944-January 1945. All have since been reprinted. 8 Douglas Wilson Johnson, Battlefields of the World War, Western and Southern Fronts: A Study in Military Geography, With a Foreword by General Tasker H. Bliss (American Geographical Society, Research Series No.3; Oxford and New York: University Press 1921). The book, which included 165 maps also came with a slip case containing a further 11 topographical maps, diagrams and panoramas; Johnson (1878-1944) was Professor of Physiography at Columbia University and was writing for the US market; he had earlier published Topography and Strategy (New York: Henry Holt 1917) and Plain Words from America: A Letter to a German Professor (Columbia: University Press, 1917) Originally written in reply to a letter, pleading the cause of Germany, received from a German colleague, first published in the Revue de Paris, September, 1916. Book and maps in the authors collection 9 Johnson, Battlefields, op cit, Introduction, p. xv. 10 Ibid, p. xviii. 11 Ibid, p.xix. 12 Ibid, p.xvi. 13 Metz (b. 1948) was COS CENTCOM October 2003-January 2003; commanded US III Corps in 2003; the Multi-national Corps, Iraq 2004; and since 2006 has been COS of TRADOC; Metzs speech of 28 June 2002 is oft-used in NATO circles, but actually comes from TR Fehrenbach (b.1925), a former WW2 platoon commander and company commander in Korea, in This Kind of War: A Study in Unpreparedness (New York: Macmillan 1963), p.427. 14 High Wood has been allowed to return to its 1914 boundary and covers about 75 acres (0.12 sq. miles). On the 1 July 1916, High Wood was well behind the German front line trenches and the battle for it only developed in the second phase of the campaign (14 July-12 September). At 500ft elevation, High Wood was the main artillery observation post for this sector of the battlefield, and German gunners exploited this to great effect when stemming the advance of Fourth Army northwards in the first week of July 1916. It was the last major wood to be taken, and the most fought (over - 64 days) and well deserved the soubriquets, the hell of High Wood and the rottenest place on the Somme. High Wood was silhouetted on top of the Bazentin ridge line, dominating the advancing British


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soldiers. It lurked in the landscape (as it does today) like a black fist. One website estimates that as many as 10,000 British and Germans soldiers still lie unrecovered within the bounds of High Wood, making it, in effect, a huge mass grave. See, accessed 24 July 2006. In the anthology Vain Glory (London: Cassell 1937) editor Guy Chapman states that the poem was published in the Nation on 16 February 1918, which was taken over by the New Statesman in 1931. Brian Gardner repeats this in his anthology, Up the Line to Death (London: Methuen 1964, intro. by Edmund Blunden) but gives no biographical details for Philip Johnston. Born in 1890, Lt. John Stanley Purvis, 5/Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire, was invalided out of the army having been gassed during the 1916 Battle of the Somme. Following the war he returned to Cranleigh School in Surrey where he had previously taught. He then took holy orders and at the age of 50 he settled in York, becoming a Canon of the Minster. Here he gained an international reputation as the translator of the York Mystery Plays and was awarded the OBE for his work on the York Minster archives. He died in 1968. 15 This was following Masefields earlier (very successful) account of the Gallipoli campaign (Gallipoli, published in 1916 by Heinemann), which he had witnessed when attached to a Red Cross unit. John Masefield, The Old Front Line (London: William Heinemann 1917), new edition published by Pen & Sword books, 2003, with preface by Martin Middlebrook and introduction by Col. Howard Green MC. 16 Ibid, p. 78. 17 Ibid, p. 87. 18 Ibid, p. 91. 19 De Gaulle quotation from Richard Holmes, Fatal Avenue (London: Jonathan Cape 1992), pp. 1-6. 20 Sir John Keegan, A History of Warfare (London: Hutchinson 1993), p.71. 21 The author helped prepare these units by leading staff rides to Sedan in 2002. 22 J.A. Hammerton (ed.), The War Illustrated (London: Amalgamated Press Ltd, 21 December 1918 issue), page 311. 23 John Keegan has identified several other locations where a clash of arms seems to be inevitable, largely because of geography and geology. He suggests a Quadrilateral between Mantua, Verona, Peschiera and Legano in Northern Italy but, he says, the most arresting example is Adrianople, now Edirne, on the extreme North-West border of European Turkey, where fifteen battles or sieges have been recorded, the first in AD 323 and the last in July 1913 The city straddles the main movement corridor between the Balkans and Istanbul (Constantinople). See John Keegan, A History of Warfare, op cit, pp. 69-70; but see the whole of Interlude One: Limitations on Warmaking, pp.63-76. 24 Paul von Hindenburg, Aus meinen Leben. (Leipzig. S. Hirzel. 1920) [Out of My Life, translated by FA Holt (London: Cassell and Co. 1920)], p. 96. 25 Authors figures, taken from University of Essex website for average wages and relative values of money, 26 Herbert Reiach, The Pilgrims Guide to the Ypres Salient (Poperinghe: Talbot House 1920). The guide includes three good maps and essays on various aspects of service in the Salient, including Hugh Pollard on the infantry and Walter Gardiner on mining. Authors collection. 27 Aldershot: Gale and Polden Ltd (1920), authors collection. 28 Lowe, The Western Battlefields, op cit, p.3. 29 Later Gen. Sir James Marshall-Cornwall, 1887-1985, led Brit Mil Mission to French Tenth Army 1940; GOC Brit Mil Mission to Turkey 1940-1; GOC Western District 1941-3; retired; later Editor-inChief of captured German archives 1948-51; Pres of the RGS 1954-8; died aged 99. 30 James Marshall-Cornwall, Wars and Rumours of Wars (London: Leo Cooper 1984), p.50. 31 Ibid. 32 Authors calculations from Owl Pie 1920, list of students. 33 Godwin-Austin, The Staff and the Staff College, op cit, p.272. 34 Maj-Gen. Victor Fortune, 1883-1947, was later captured by Maj-Gen Erwin Rommel in 1940, when commanding 51st Highland Division at St Valery. He spent the war as a POW. 35 Lt-Col. Sir John Baynes, Bt., The Forgotten Victor: Gen. Sir Richard OConnor (London: Brasseys 1989), p 29. OConnor subsequently became a Corps commander in Montys 21st Army Group; his subordinate position was due to his unlucky capture in April 1941 by Rommels Afrika Korps. OConnor subsequently escaped from an Italian prison camp and was immediately employed as VIII Corps commander. Baynes argues convincingly that OConnor may well have taken Eighth Army to victory, rather than Montgomery, had he not been captured, and therefore might have commanded


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either 21st Army Group or Second Army in Normandy. The author had several conversations with the delightful John Baynes (1928-2005), father of a school friend, about his earlier book Morale: A Study of Men and Courage: the Second Scottish Rifles at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle 1915 (London: Cassell 1967) and about Richard OConnor. (John Baynes also told me that the man who published a book without an index ought to be damned ten miles beyond Hell, where the Devil could not get for stinging nettles. 36 Authors calculations from Owl Pie 1921 and 1922, list of students. 37 Later Maj-Gen. JFC Fuller, 1878-1966. 38 Cited in Anthony Trythall, Boney Fuller. The Intellectual General (London: Cassell 1977), p.51. 39 Maj-Gen. JFC Fuller, Memoirs Of An Unconventional Soldier (London: Ivor Nicholson and Watson 1936), p.419. 40 For example in 1935 Senior Division Records Vol. I, JSCSC Archives. 41 Col. JFC Fuller, The Reformation of War (London: Hutchinson 1923). 42 Fuller, Reformation, op cit, p. ix. 43 Later FM the Lord Ironside, 1880-1959, CIGS in 1940. 44 Brian Holden Reid, J.F.C. Fuller: Military Thinker (London: Macmillan Press 1987), p.108. 45 Jay Luvaas, The Education of an Army, op cit, Chapter 10: Maj-Gen. JFC Fuller, p.345. 46 Kenneth White (Staff College Librarian), The Last Battlefield Tour 1979: An Historical Memoir, article in Owl Pie, December 1979, p.21. 47 JSCSC Archives. The battlefield tour collection is prefixed with the letters BTC. 48 See my Recommendations for these and all future archives in Chapter Nine. 49 Maj. Carolyn Johnstone, Syndicate Room Discussions at the Staff College, Camberley, op cit, p. 76. 50 Ibid. 51 Several Commandants and DS make comments to their students to the effect that Im sure this will add much to our understanding of[campaign]. 52 Holden Reid, op cit, p.83. 53 Maj. RG Money, MC, Maj. FM Montresor, MC, Maj. CJV Shepherd, DSO & Capt JH Woods, Foreign Tour Report, January 1923, BTC 005, JSCSC Archives. 54 Ibid, Notes on the organisation of a Trip to visit the battlefronts in France, p.26-7, BTC 005, JSCSC Archives. 55 Ibid, Administrative Report, pp. 28-31, BTC005 JSCSC Archives. 56 Charles Edmund Carrington, 1897-1990. 57 Charles Carrington, MC, Soldier from the Wars Returning, (London: Hutchinson 1965), p. 151. 58 Maj. Charles Caddick-Adams MC, Scrapbook and Photograph Album of European Tour, 10-31 May 1921. Authors archives. 59 Diaries and photograph album in authors collection. Lt-Col. Charles Caddick-Adams, MC, JP (1889-1969), commissioned into the Territorial Force in 1910, served with 1/5 North Staffordshire Regt and later, the Machine Gun Corps. This was partly a honeymoon, for he had married on leave in 1915. He subsequently undertook a second tour with his younger brother, Capt. Thomas Geoffrey Caddick-Adams, MC, who had served with the 9/North Staffordshire Regt. 60 Tonie and Valmai Holt, Picture Postcards of the Golden Age. A Collectors Guide (London: MacGibbon & Kee 1971). Picture postcards had long been a way of depicting war. They observe that before the postcard was a year old it was involved in war. At the end of July 1870 war broke out between France and Prussia, and by September Paris was surrounded and under siege. Only the balloon could get in and out of the city and special light postcards were produced for the balloon post. (p.79) They go on to state that At the turn of the century, the mass communication media were not established as they are today. Literacy was not high and radio did not exist. The picture postcard may well have commanded more readers than the newspapers (p. 80). 61 Fuller was so-nicknamed because of his resemblance to Napoleon. 62 Later Lt-Gen. AE Percival, GOC Malaya from April 1942 until surrender in January 1942; invited by MacArthur to be present on USS Missouri for Japanese surrender in 1945. 63 Clifford Kinvig, Scapegoat. General Percival of Singapore (London: Brasseys 1996), pp.91-2. Maj. AE Percivals syndicate report is at BTC004 in the JSCSC Archives. 64 Owl Pie, Christmas 1925, Some Impressions of East Prussia, pp.56-57. 65 Ibid, p.56. 66 Later FM the Viscount Alanbrooke, 1883-1963, CIGS 1942-6. 67 Later Gen. Sir Ronald Adam, 1885-1982, AG, 1941-6. 68 Later Gen. Sir Harold Franklyn, 1885-1963, GOC 5th Division 1940, C-in-C Home Forces 1943-5. 69 Owl Pie, Christmas 1925, editorial, p.1.


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Col. Fuller, Wolfes Cove: September 13, 1759 article in Owl Pie, Christmas 1925, pp.6-7 Later Gen. Sir Bernard Paget, 1887-1961, GCS Home Forces 1940, -in-C SE Command 1941, C-inC Home Forces 1941-3, C-in-C 21st Army Group until sidelined by Monty in Dec 1943, thereafter Cin-C Middle East Force 1944-5. 72 Lt-Gen. Sir Henry Pownall, 1887-1961, DMO 1938-9, CGS to BEF 1939-40, C-in-C Far East 1941; COS to Mountbatten 1943-4. 73 Later Gen. Sir Frank Messervy, 1893-1974, GOC 1st & 7th Armoured Divisions, 1942, 7th Indian Division (Arakan), 1943, IV Corps, Burma 1944-5, GOC Malaya 1946, C-in-C Pakistan Army 1947. 74 Report of No.6 Syndicate (Maj EGWW Harrison, Capts. FW Messervy, RH Campbell & MB Burrows), The Battle of the Marne Sept 6th-9th 1914, Foreign Tour, BTC 016, JSCSC Archives. 75 Ibid, Annex A, Visit to the Ecole Speciale Militaire Saint Cyr. 76 Ibid, Annex B, Frances Attitude Towards Great Britain and the United States of America. 77 Later Lt-Gen. Sir Francis Tuker, 1894-1967. 78 Foreign Tour Report on Operations of the BEF, Mons 1914, BTC008, JSCSC Archives. 79 Report on the Operations of the French Armies, 4-9th September 1914, BTC015, JSCSC Archives. 80 Operations of the BEF, 6th to 9th September 1914, BTC017, JSCSC Archives. 81 Sir Henry Karslake Papers, Imperial War Museum, box 02/41/2. The tour took place 11-16 March, 1926, travelling by road and rail. 82 Later FM the Earl Alexander of Tunis, 1891-1969, C-in-C Middle East 1942, GOC 18th Army Group, 1943-5, Governor-Gen of Canada, 1946-52, Minister of Defence, 1952-4. 83 Later Maj-Gen. DN Wimberley, 1896-1983, GOC 51st Highland Division (1941-3), wounded in Sicily, Commandant Staff College 1943-4, Director of Infantry, 1944-5. 84 Foreign Tours during Easter Vacation 1927, Administrative Instructions, BTC021. Because of the destruction of nearly all Camberley archives during this period, the only set of instructions that deal with the administration of battlefield tours were found bound into one of the syndicate reports at BTC021. See Appendix Five. 85 BTC024, JSCSC Archives. 86 Foreign Tour. Battle of the Marne, 6th to 9th Sept.1914, p.1, BTC026, JSCSC Archives. 87 The syndicate was Lt-Col. the Hon HRLG Alexander DSO, MC, Irish Guards; Maj. ESD Martin DSO, MC, 5th Inniskilling DG; Maj. GHB De Chair, OBE, MC, Royal Sussex; Capt. JAC Whitaker, Coldstream Guards. 88 Foreword to syndicate report, BTC024, JSCSC Archives. 89 Ibid. 90 Ibid, Part IV, pp.1-2. 91 Ibid, pp. 2-3. 92 Ibid, p.8. 93 Report on the Retreat from Mons, BTC018, JSCSC Archives. 94 Ibid, Annex B. 95 Late Gen. the Lord Robertson of Oakridge, Bt., GCB, GBE, KCMG, KCVO, DSO, MC, Chief Admin Officer, 15th Army Group, Italy 1943-5; Deputy Mil Governor, Germany Control Commission 1945-7; C-in-C Occupation Zone 1947-9; C-in-C Mid East 1951-3; Chairman of Brit Transport Commission 1953-61; Life Peer 1961. 96 David Williamson, A Most Diplomatic General. The Life of Lord Robertson of Oakridge 1896-1974 (London: Brasseys 1996), p.22. 97 Godwin-Austen, The Staff and the Staff College, op cit, p.290. 98 Later Gen. Sir EH Barker, 1894-1983, KCB, KBE, DSO, MC, GOC 49th Division 1943-44, VIII Corps (after OConnor) 1944-5. 99 Later the Viscount Bridgeman, 1896-1982, KBE, DG Home Guard & TA 1941-4, then DAG. 100 Later Maj-Gen. EE Dorman-Smith (originally OGowan), 1895-1969, later an instructor at Camberley (1936-7), but had fallen foul of Monty whilst he was a student at Staff College, publicly burning his lecture notes on graduation. COS to Auchinleck at 8th Army in 1942 but purged with his boss and after brigade command at Anzio was dismissed from the army in 1944. The brilliant Chinks spat with Montgomery ultimately wrecked his subsequent career. See the useful biography by Lavinia Greacen, Chink: a Biography (London: Macmillan 1990). 101 Later Maj-Gen. Sir Leslie Hawkesworth, KBE, GOC 46th Div in Italy, X Corps Nov 1944, Heart attack, May 1945. 102 Later Lt-Gen. Sir Oliver Leese, 1894-1978, GOC XXX Corps at Alamein, in Tunisia & Italy, GOC 8th Army, 1944-5.



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Later Maj-Gen. Sir Ronald Penney, 1896-1964, GOC 1st Div in Italy 1943-4, wounded and later DMI SE Asia Command 1945. 104 Rowland Ryder, Oliver Leese (London: Hamish Hamilton, 187), p.31. 105 Later Lt-Gen. GC Bucknall, 1894-1980, GOC5th Division in Sicily 1943, then XXX Corps 1944, sacked July 1944 and replaced by Horrocks. 106 The Vossische Zeitung was the principal German newspaper published in Berlin (17211934); it was generally regarded as the national newspaper of record, like The Times and Le Monde, but was discontinued by the Nazi Party (perhaps on account of its liberal views, and not least because it had serialised All Quiet) and replaced by the NSDAPs newspaper, Der Vlkische Beobachter. 107 Modris Eksteins, Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age (New York: Doubleday 1989), pp. 275-6. 108 Erich Maria Remarque (1898-1970). Details from authors G.P Putnams Sons (Sept 1929) edition, translated by A.W. Wheen. All Quiets sequel, Der Weg Zurck (The Way Back), appeared in 1931, but neither it nor any of Remarques subsequent writing achieved the acclaim of his first work. In the 1930s Remarque's books were banned in Germany by the Nazis and publicly burnt. The film's premiere was disrupted by Nazi gangs, Remarque was accused of pacifism and in 1938 he lost his German citizenship. He had moved to Switzerland in 1932 and in 1939 emmigrated to the United States, where in 1947 he became a citizen. After the war he returned to Switzerland, where and wrote a play (Die Letzte Station, 1956) about the fall of the Third Reich, and died in 1970. 109 Milestone starred in and directed the film, winning one of the two Academy Awards given to All Quiet. It also had five other nominations and, according to Halliwells Film Guide (2004) it was a landmark of American cinema and Universals biggest and most serious undertaking until the sixties; this highly emotive war film with its occasional outbursts of bravura direction fixed in millions of minds the popular image of what it was like in the trenches, even more so than Journeys End which had shown the Allied viewpoint. Despite dated moments, it retains its overall power and remains a great pacifist work. 110 Robert Cedric Sherriff (18961975) served as a Captain in the 9/East Surreys and was wounded at Passchendaele. Journey End was first published by Samuel French in 1928 as Remarque was finishing All Quiet. The play opened at the end of 1928, starring the unknown Lawrence Olivier (then 21) and soon transferred to the Savoy Theatre in January 1929 and opened on Broadway in 1930. By the autumn of 1929 it was playing by 14 companies in English and 17 in other languages; it, too, was made into a film version in 1930. It was one of BBC televisions first plays, broadcast on Armistice Day 1937, and more recently, was revived very successfully in January 2004 for what turned out to be a two-year run. See reviews in the Radio Times (4 March 1960) of a radio play version, and reviews of its revival in the West End. Sherriff later wrote the screenplays to Goodbye, Mr Chips (1933) and The Dambusters (1955), both of which were nominated for Awards. 111 Craftsmen in Southern England received an average annual wage of 178; between 1918-38 labourers 139, and agricultural labourers an average weekly wage of 1.12s (1.60) or about 83 a year. Rates in Northern England would have been considerably less. Authors figures, taken from University of Essex website for average wages and relative values of money, 112 Report on the Operations by the British at Cambrai 1917, including the attack by Third Army 20 November and the German Counter-Attack 30 November, by Maj GC Bucknalls syndicate, DS mss comments I, p.1, BTC056, JSCSC Archives. 113 Ibid, DS typed comments II, p.1. 114 Ibid, DS typed comments III, p.1 115 Later FM The Lord Harding of Petherton, 1896-1989, Triple DSO, GOC 7th Armoured Division 1942-3, badly wounded, COS to Alexander in Italy 1943-5, later GOC XIII Corps, CIGS 1952-5. 116 Foreign Tour of Syndicate No.11, Report on Operations of the 4th Army 8-12 Aug. 1918 with a special reference to the Canadian Corps, Part XIV, p.27, BTC 054, JSCSC Archives. 117 Ibid, DS mss comments with reference to p.24. 118 Later Maj-Gen. Philip Gregson-Ellis, 1898-1956; GOC of 5th Div. at Anzio; later Commandant Staff College 1945-6; retired 1950. 119 Later Marshal of the RAF Sir Arthur Bomber Harris, 1892-1984, AOC Bomber Command 1942-5. 120 Later Gen. Sir Richard McCreery, 1898-1967, GOC 8th Army 1944-5. 121 Later Gen. Sir Gordon MacMillan of MacMillan, 1897-1986, KCB, KCVO, GOC 15th Scottish Division 1944, then 49th Div, then 51st Div, subsequently GOC Gibraltar 1955. 122 Later FM Sir Gerald Templer, 1898-1979.


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Report by Capt JR Kennedy, MC, RA, et al, The Battles of Stallponen and Gumbinnen, 17 and 20 August 1914, DS mss comments, 30.IX.29, BTC 057, JSCSC Archives. 124 Note this early use of the abbreviation, AFV. 125 Operations of the Fifth French Army During August 1914; With Special Reference to the Battles of Charleroi and Guise, pp. 83-5, BTC05-, JSCSC Archives. 126 Air Commodore Henry Probert, Bomber Harris His Life and Times (London: Greenhill Books, 2001), pp. 59-61 127 Ibid, p.61. 128 Senior Division 1929, Report on Foreign Tour May 1929, The Defence of Belgium, by Capts. A Galloway MC; JOM Ashley; CdeL Gaussen MC; KL Stewart MBE, BTC045, JSCSC Archives, p.1; Galloway was later Gen Sir Alexander Galloway, 1895-977. 129 Ibid. 130 I am most grateful to Graham Ross for lending me his copy of How To see Paris and the battlefields, Automobile Tours Organised by Thos. Cook & Son, Paris, Season 1921. 131 Copy held in the Nottinghamshire Archives, Gandy Family Papers, ref DD/2243/52/49. 132 David Jones (18951974) was the son of a Welsh father and an English mother. He studied at the Camberwell School of Art before joining the army in January 1915, serving as a Private in 15/Royal Welsh Fusiliers. These experiences provided the material for In Parenthesis (1937), which is epic in scope and tone, and builds its narrative around very ordinary characters, who are presented in vivid silhouettes, sudden stabs of personal memory, or reflected in the eyes of their fellow soldiers. Private John Ball is the central figure, suggesting the poet himself pretty much the only, though wounded, survivor of his unit at the book's end. I am grateful to Professor Paul Gough of the University of the West of England (UWE, Bristol), for drawing these lines to my attention. 133 David Jones, In Parenthesis (1961 Introduction by T.S. Eliot; original edition: London: Faber & Faber 1937, reprinted in paperback) Part 7, note 45, p. 224. 134 In Parenthesis, op cit., p. 183. 135 Ibid., p.186. 136 Bradshaw Railway Timetable, in authors collection. This was, however, nearly a weekly wage for the very lowest paid. 137 David Lloyd, Battlefield Tourism, op cit. p.107. 138 Plumers speech was recorded in the Radio Times, all major newspapers and by Gen. Sir Charles Tim Harington GCB, GBE, (1872-1940, who was with Plumer both on the day and as his Chief of Staff, in Ypres during the war), in Plumer of Messines (London: John Murray 1935). Plumers powerful speech, which resonates through the decades, concluded: One of the most tragic features of the Great War was the number of casualties reported as Missing, believed killed. To their relatives there must have been added to their grief a tinge of bitterness and a feeling that everything possible had not been done to recover heir loved ones bodies and give them reverent burial. That feeling no longer exists; it ceased to exist when the conditions under which the fighting was being carried out were realised. But when peace came and the last ray of hope had been extinguished, the void seemed deeper and the outlook more forlorn for those who had no grave to visit, no place where they could lay tokens of loving remembranceIt was resolved that here at Ypres, where so many of the Missing are known to have fallen, there should be erected a memorial worthy of them which should give expression to the nations gratitude for their sacrifice and its sympathy with those who mourned them. A memorial has been erected which, in its simple grandeur, fulfils this object, and now it can be said of each one in whose honour we are assembled here today: he is not missing; he is here 139 The painting can be seen in the Australian National War Memorial in Canberra, Australia. 140 Punch Magazine, 31 August 1927, p.249. 141 A smaller British Legion-sponsored pilgrimage had been organised in 1927, which encouraged the Legion to mount the 1928 expedition. Scrapbook in the South Wales Borderers Museum, the Castle, Brecon, viewed by the author in May 1998, and A Souvenir of the Battlefields Pilgrimage, a 152-page, fully-illustrated hardback souvenir book of the tour, published by the British Legion, 1928 (authors possession). Despite its success, the immense logistical undertaking meant that the pilgrimage was not repeated. 142 A Souvenir, op cit., p.97. 143 The stared aim (copying DS instructions) is actually reiterated in only one report, Operations at Cambrai, 20 Nov-29 Nov 1917, by Maj. NK Jolley, Capts. EH Allen, BS Challen, MHS Penhale and JE Barrett, BTC065, JSCSC Archives.



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Later Lt-Gen. Herbert Lumsden, 1897-1945, GOC 1st Armoured Div 1941-2, X Corps 1942, then sent as British observer to the Pacific and killed by Kamikaze attack on USS New Mexico. 145 Foreign Tour 1930, Operations of the British Cavalry in France and Belgium from August 20th to August 28th 1914, by Syndicate No.6, Capts. KN Crawford, JG Elloitt, VFS Hawkins and H Lumsden, pp.49-50, BTC066, JSCSC Archives. Crawford became Gen. Sir Kenneth Crawford, 1895-1961, GOC Land Forces Greece, 1946-7 & DCIGS, 1947-9. Elloitt became Maj-Gen, 1898-1990, DAG 1945. 146 Senior Division, 1930. Foreign Tour. The Fifth Army, 1-3 Mar. 1918 with Special Reference to III and XVIII Corps, by Syndicate No.3, Capts. CM Vallentin, N McMicking, FI Garforth, GE Younghusband & FH Vinden, BTC069, JSCSC Archives. Maj-Gen. McMicking, 1894-1963 was later DAAG in Egypt 1941 & GOC Antwerp 1944-5. 147 Letter, Sir Miles Dempsey to Ronald Lewin, 15 November 1968, p.3, paragraph 10, RLEW 7/7, Churchill College Archives, Cambridge. 148 Later FM Sir John Dill, 1881-1944. 149 Later FM Sir Henry Maitland Wilson, 1881-1964. 150 Later Brig. Sir John Smyth, Bt., VC, MC, 1893-1983. 151 Later Marshal of the RAF Sir John Slessor, 1897-1979. 152 Sir John Smyth VC, Milestones (London; Sidgwick and Jackson 1979), pp.96-9 153 Sir John Slessor, The Central Blue: Recollections and Reflections (London: Cassell 1956), p. 86. 154 US Army Military History Institute, Memorandum on US Army Use of Battlefield Sites for Staff Rides, 3 November 1999. I am indebted to Lt Col. (retired) Dr. Roger Cirillo for bringing this document to my attention. 155 Carlo DEste, A Genius for War: A Life of George S Patton (London: HarperCollins 1995) pp. 3256. 156 See Gettysburg Battlefield: an Army interest well after Civil War, by Kim Holien, Fort Myer Military Community (FMMC) Historian, Pentagram website for the Fort Myer Military Community,, accessed 29 June 2006. 157 G-3 Section, American Forces in Germany, A Staff Ride to the Battlefields of Metz (War of 187071), (US Army: Coblenz 1922) 158 Born in 1860, in the era of Indian wars, Pershing lived through extraordinary military transformations, including both World Wars, and dying in the age of the atom bomb, in 1948. He was an 1886 graduate of West Point and a veteran of the Spanish-American War of 1898. In 1917-18, he trained and led the huge US Army deployed to Europe (the American Expeditionary Force), insisting that US troops fight as an American army, rather than being seconded to French and British formations depleted by years of trench warfare. Afterwards, with George C. Marshall as his ADC, the two developed a close working relationship - Pershing was the best man at Marshall's second wedding in 1930. When Marshall was Chief of Staff, he continued to visit his mentor, by then an invalid at the hospital where he died in 1948. 159 American Armies and Battlefields in Europe (Washington DC: Center of Military History, US Army 1992). I am most grateful to Dr Roger Cirillo for forwarding me a copy of this book. David C. Homsher comments that the expanded 1938 edition was an attempt to turn a military handbook into a public document, both to provide visitors with a detailed, documented itinerary for visits and to serve as a history of the AEFs [American Expeditionary Force] accomplishments. See:, accessed 3 December 2005. 160 Born in Texas in 1890, Eisenhower graduated from West Point in 1915 with Omar Bradley. He missed service in France during the Great War, but after Pearl Harbour, George C. Marshall called him to Washington to run the War Plans Department. He commanded the Allied Forces landing in North Africa in November 1942 and was Supreme Commander of the troops invading France on D-Day 1944. After the war, he became President of Columbia University, then Supreme Commander of the new NATO forces being assembled in 1951. Republicans persuaded him to run for President in 1952. In September 1955, Eisenhower suffered a heart attack but in November ran and was elected for his second term. He left office in January 1961, retiring to his farm adjacent to the Gettysburg battlefield and died in March 1969. 161 Carlo DEste, Eisenhower: Allied Supreme Commander (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2002), pp. 189-196. 162 However, the book was written by regular officers and two valid criticisms can be levelled at it. First, it provides very little context to the tactical actions it describes (although the maps are excellent), therefore losing any much potential benefit from discussing the operational level of war; in this sense it is almost a military manual. Secondly, it skips over most activities of the National Guard and National



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(war-raised) Army, concentrating on the activities of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd (Regular) Divisions, particularly the Big Red One (the First Infantry Division), which was Pershings favourite. David C. Homsher observes that the writers were directed and edited by Regular Army personnel who had no use at all, before, during, or after the war, for the divisions of the National Guard. He goes on to speculate that possibly this occurred because in most cases the non-regular divisions equalled, and in some cases even excelled the general performance of the much-touted Regulars. See Homsher, op cit, accessed 3 December 2005. 163 Maj.-Gen. Edward Croft, Chief of Infantry, Foreword to Infantry in Battle (Washington DC: The Infantry Journal 1934), pp. v-vi. 164 George Catlett Marshall (1880-1959), graduated first from the Virginia Military Institute in 1901, then Fort Leavenworth in 1907 and from the Army Staff College in 1908. During the Great War, he served in all the key US battles of Canting, Aisne-Marne, St. Mihiel, and Meuse-Argonne. After acting as ADC Pershing (1919-24), q.v., Marshall served in China from 1924-7, at the Army War College (1927), as assistant commandant of the Infantry School from 1927-32. He commanded 8/Infantry Regt in 1933 and, as Brigadier-General, 5/Infantry Brigade (1936-8), when he joined General Staff in Washington, DC and in September 1939 was promoted Army Chief of Staff by President Roosevelt. He participated in all the wartime summit conferences (the Atlantic Charter, 1941-1942, and in those at Casablanca, Quebec, Cairo & Teheran, 1943, Yalta and Potsdam, 1945, in January 1947 served Secretary of State; in the spring of 1947 he outlined in a speech at Harvard University the plan of economic aid (the Marshall Plan). For one year during the Korean War General Marshall was Secretary of Defence, but resigned in September, 1951, three months before his 75th birthday, retiring from public service. His diplomatic work brought him a Nobel Peace Prize in 1953 and he died in 1959. See especially Forrest C. Pogue, George C. Marshall: Education of a General (New York: Viking Press 1963), which contains an excellent bibliography. 165 Colonel George C. Marshall, Introduction to Infantry in Battle, pp.ix-x. 166 At the height of the Second World War, George C. Marshall took a small party including Field Marshal Sir John Dill (1881-1944, head of the British Military Mission to the USA 1941-4), on a private battlefield tour of Gettysburg. In mufti, they hired a licensed battlefield guide but eventually dispensed with his services as Marshalls superior knowledge led to his guiding the group. The guide was heard to mutter I wonder who those people think they are? without realising he was dealing with two of the free worlds most senior military commanders. See Gettysburg Battlefield: An Army Interest Well After Civil War, Kim Holien, Fort Myer Military Community (FMMC) Historian, op cit. 167 Dwight D Eisenhower, At Ease. Stories I Tell to Friends (London: Robert Hale 1968), Chapter Three. 168 Carlo DEste, Eisenhower, op cit, p. 128. 169 Kiesling, Defence Studies, op cit. 170 Annual Report of the Superintendent of the US Military Academy (West Point, NY 1922), p. 13. 171 T.R. Brereton, Educating the US Army: Arthur L. Wagner and Reform, 1875-1905 (Nebraska: University Press 2000). 172 Annual Reports of the Commandant, US Army Service Schools, Ft Leavenworth, 1906-1919. 173 Col. Dominic R Sette, Staff Rides at the War College Prior to World War I: Their Use and Effectiveness, USAWC Military Studies Program Paper (USAWC Carlisle Barracks 30 March 1988), pp. 1-11. 174 Richard D Terrell, The Army War College Curriculum, Implications of Design (USAWC Study Project 1986); GB Hunter, AWC Historical Ride 1939, Work Notes & Miscellaneous Data (USAWC File #355-39/5); Army War College, Course in Military Art 1908-09, Exercises, Solutions, Discussions, Records of Attendance and Miscellaneous Papers, Vol. 2. 175 Army War College entry in Jerold E Brown (ed.), Historical Dictionary of the US Army (London: Greenwood Press 2001). 176 Sette, op cit, p. 15 177 Sydney Jary, 18 Platoon (Bristol: Sydney Jary Ltd. 3rd edition 1994), pp.19-20; the author has the good fortune to undertake a staff ride with Sydney Jary, 28 November-3 December 1999, for the CRE of 3rd (UK) Division, looking at Ops. VERITABLE and PLUNDER. Prof. Gary Sheffield has made the same point in his Chapter, The Shadow of the Somme: the Influence of the First World War on British Soldiers Perceptions and Behaviour in the Second World War, in Paul Addison and Angus Calder, (eds.), Time to Kill: the Soldier's Experience of War in the West 1939-1945 (London: Pimlico, 1997).


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Eight: Out of the Shadows So as through a glass, and darkly The age-old strife I see Where I fight under many guises Many names but always me George S. Patton, Junior 1

CHAPTER EIGHT Out of the Shadows

The Future of the Tour. In 1976, Hugh Beach handed over the Camberley Commandants baton to John Stanier and the lead DS for the 6th Airborne day (Map 20) had become Peter de la Billire. At the top, Roy Mason had handed the Defence portfolio over to another unsympathetic ear - Fred Mulley (who as the Intelligence Sergeant of 7/Worcesters had been wounded and captured at Dunkirk, spending the war as a POW, but would become more famous for falling asleep during an RAF fly-past).2 In the course of a nice letter to Freddie de Guingand in May, inviting the latter to Camberley to speak, Stanier - sensing the tour might be seen as out of step with the times observed, There are, of course, people outside the Staff College who accuse us of looking too far back in studying the last war. They, however, do not realize the great value which our students obtain from a study of the human elements at war. Without exception those who have attended our Battlefield Tours return totally convinced of its value; I share this view entirely myself3

Stanier was clearly worried and after the 1975 tour asked for ways of cutting the tours costs. One of the divisional colonels noted, 1. I agree than money could be saved. 2. I believe that reducing the strain on guest artists might be even more important but that if we want


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Eight: Out of the Shadows to earn the maximum number of Green Shield stamps in MOD we should stress the financial side. 3. The guest artists hate change. It would be, therefore, prudent to consult them before floating any changes4

Arguably, the Staff College had to contend not only with a shortage of money, but also a shortage of enthusiasm for military history in general, expressed by a younger generation. During the 1960s and 70s, the interpretation of military history (inspired by and coinciding with the 50th anniversaries of the 1914-18 battles) was heavily influenced in its conclusions by external events such as the Vietnam War5, the unrest in Northern Ireland6 and Paris7, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia8, ArabIsraeli wars and the proliferation of nuclear weapons; this interpretation was also reflected in contemporary culture, for example by the Lennon-McCartney record Revolution9. Younger historians expressed a general mood of youthful rebellion

against authority and wrote of the incompetence of senior military officers in the First World War10 (though, arguably, it was really Vietnam that was never far from their deliberations)11. Their work included Alan Clarks The Donkeys (1961)


inspired Joan Littlewoods play Oh What a Lovely War! (1963)13, Reginald Pounds The Lost Generation (1964)14, and, later on, Norman Dixons surprising, best-selling scientific analysis of commanders, On the Psychology of Military Incompetence and Paul Fussells work of literary analysis, The Great War and Modern Memory, which both appeared in 1975, amongst others. 15 When working in Westminster in the early 1980s, this author used to meet The Donkeys author Alan Clark, then a Conservative Defence Minister, and discussion sometimes turned to the First World War; there was never - on his part - any acknowledgement that scholarship had moved on and that his rather harsh pronouncements on Great War British generalship, made twenty years earlier, were dated and the subject was being reassessed by scholars. Anthologies of


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Eight: Out of the Shadows First World War poetry also followed this mood, as with Brian Gardners Up the Line to Death (1964) and I.M. Parsons Men Who March Away (1965),


emphasised themes of slaughter and despair (and were penned by a remarkably small and unrepresentative group of middle class officers), and overlooked the fact that many soldiers and officers felt their war service was a positive step in their own self development and were not anti-authority at all. Although dealing with later wars,

this was also the era of the irreverent, hugely influential and anti-war M*A*S*H (book 1968, film 1970, TV series 1972-83, play 1973)

and the profoundly anti-patriotic,

anti-authority Catch-22 (novel by Joseph Heller, 1961, and film of 1970).18

Sir John Stanier. Consequently, partly buoyed up by this general wave of pacifism and antimilitarism in the West, military history both within and without the military took a back seat. 19 Against this wider backdrop, the annual Camberley Battlefield Tour Gen. Sir Mike Jackson, though he does not mention his

was fighting for survival.

Camberley battlefield tour, does paint a good picture of life at Staff College during his year there as a student, in 1976, and hints that it was the 1973 Yom Kippur War that was more influential than the events of 1944.20 John Stanier a cavalry officer who had recently commanded 1st Armoured Division (and 20/Armoured Brigade and the Royal Scots Greys before that) privately may also have felt out of sympathy with his Airborne brethren and that 50th Divisions battles and GOODWOOD offered little to his perception of future armoured warfare (studying what was essentially a British defeat) on the North German Plain. There were clearly mutterings about the future during the 1976 tour, for Stanier felt it necessary to write to Gen. Napier Crookenden (one of the speakers) and reassure him immediately afterwards, In your letter you


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Eight: Out of the Shadows indicate that next years tour may be in question. I can reassure you that this is not the case and that it will continue as before21 But this was not actually the case; by October, Stanier had revised his view and wrote to the senior guest speakers (Gens. Crookenden, dAvigdor-Goldsmid22, Mogg23 and Roberts) in the following vein,

I am writing to you about the future of the Battlefield Tour. Those who have not had the chance to attend the tour often accuse us of living in the past and attempting to teach the lessons of the last war. It is only those of us lucky enough to hear the accounts of the operations who realize that, not only is there still a need to hear about the exploits of the past but as experience of war recedes the need for the young officer to be told what war is all about becomes increasingly important. This year once more the tour was rated by the students as the highlight of the course. It would be easy for me to leave matters to run indefinitely; however I realize that one day, sooner or later, the Tour will have to end and I believe that, with the passing of thirty two years since the battles, the end is probably not very far off. It occurs to me therefore that it might be better to appoint a final year for the tour, so that it could be brought to a close on the crest of a wave, rather than allowing it to sink into decline as fewer and fewer of the star speakers are able to come. You may think that this is unnecessarily pessimistic but you must realize that if it is to be concluded, I shall have to consider very carefully what should take its place in the Staff College course and planning for this must also be put in hand well ahead. I would therefore like to propose that during next summers Tour we should find an opportunity to discuss the future. I am writing to you well in advance so that you can, if you wish, obtain the views of the other members of your team24 He convened a meeting on 5 June during the 1977 tour, attended by the DS and senior speakers and ten days later they had received the minutes, The purpose of the meeting was to hear the views of the guest artists. It was not intended that the meeting should take any decision on an ending to the Tour. Such a decision would in any event concern other senior officers with responsibilities towards the Staff College. The senior guest artists expressed the view that the Tour was assured for the next two years and all hoped that they would be able to give it their support for longer.25 Stanier played his cards close to his chest and when one DS was offered a new guest speaker in 1977, the offer was gently turned down with the (perhaps bizarre)


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Eight: Out of the Shadows observation, My immediate reaction is that, as the Battlefield Tour has few years to run, it is late in the day to introduce another speaker26; yet, another DS was happy to welcome back Brig. James Hill for 1979, even though he had not spoken on the tour since 1974.27 The formal announcement of the end came in his Staff College Report for 1977 (dated 28 February 1978), where John Stanier stated that, The Battlefield tour was again a resounding success. 1977 was particularly noteworthy in that the College was in France on the occasion of HM The Queens Silver Jubilee.It was with great regret that, on the advice of the principal Guest Artists, I recommended that the last of the present Tours should take place in 1979. Following the Army Boards approval of this proposal, planning for the New Tour [a series of visits to modern European military institutions], to begin in 1980, has now started. I think it appropriate here to record the immense debt owed by the college to all the Guest Artists who have so generously given their time and unique experience to successive Courses over the last 31 years.28

Yet, this does not seem to be correct; none of the evidence uncovered so far suggests the veterans had recommended this course of action, were ready or even willing to see an end to the tours. The DS all report them happy to continue. The DS had explored this course in 1974, but recommended the tours continue, in a different format but still saw the tours continuing for another ten years (i.e. until 1984 which for the fortieth anniversary of D-Day, might have been a more logical time to terminate them). If not the veterans getting older, was there another reason? Finance was clearly an issue, and would begin to affect the College in 1979-80, but was only on the horizon in 1977 and would emerge during someone elses watch. Perhaps Stanier wanted to reassert control over a programme he felt was not his, or had indeed become fed up with the Bottlefield aspects of the enterprise but these details were his to change. The fact that the Army board approved his decision

suggests he was appealing to like-minds, but it is curious that he made no effort to


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Eight: Out of the Shadows retain any form of battlefield tour. witnessing history, as Owl Pie observed, It was for all of us a unique and humbling experience to listen to these accounts of war from the men who had fought there. The tour had put a lot of the theory and discussion that we had had into perspective and left us all with a great deal to think about. It was undoubtedly the highlight of the year at Camberley and it is indeed sad that this was the penultimate tour29 The 1978 students were aware they were

It had long been an ambition to film the tour; this had been done several times earlier. In 1968, extracts of the tour (with Hans von Luck and Stan Hollis) were

included in a commercially-made programme about the Staff College, This is My Contract, made for military consumption.30 Coverage of the 1973 visit had been A third filming New

commissioned but there were concerns over its technical quality.

project began in 1975, whilst the DS review of speakers was underway.

potential speakers were shown the earlier film and invited on the 1975 tour, so as to warn them what to expect. The new filing project was realised in 1977 by the

Services Kinema Corporation (SKC), but it was noted, the film was to illustrate command and leadership in the stress of battle. The human element therefore has priority over historical record.31 This illustrates perfectly the tension that Professor Eugenia Kiesling alluded to in Chapter One: the clash between the desire to discover what actually happened on a battlefield and the need to teach contemporary lessons (in this case command and leadership in the stress of battle); what Kiesling fails to take into account in her argument is that if the military are paying her salary, then they get to dictate the priorities the trade is a fair one, because it then provides the funding for the historian to practice their craft.


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Eight: Out of the Shadows In September 1978, Army Training News gave a curious impression that battlefield tours were time-consuming and expensive to organise, implying perhaps that they did not offer value for money. Certainly in the days of currency controls, and before Euros, credit cards and the Channel Tunnel, they were less straightforward to undertake, but not excessively so. Most family holidays were taken

across the Channel travelling by ferry, and much army routine involved motoring between Germany and the UK, so the organisational argument seems difficult to sustain. At this stage, Army Training News was promoting the SKC film to the wider army (as part of a War Studies package), which was arguably an institutional attempt to find an alternative to studying Normandy in situ. The dangers of fighting the last war are often stressed but there is an equal danger of ignoring the lessons which only war teaches. Battlefield tours are the best way of portraying the atmosphere of war but they are expensive in time and money and impossible for most of us to organise. We have undertaken an experiment to find out how we can capture the atmosphere of a battle in a form which is relevant to the needs of a wide range of audiences and flexible enough to be used in several different waysa War Studies package containing a film, some slides [and] a booklet.The film may be used in its entirety or split up as the presenter wishesFor 30 years the Staff College has visited Normandy to study events which occurred in June and July 1944. GOODWOOD was the codename given to the attack by three British Armoured Divisions to the east of Caen on 18 July 1944. It is this story which War Study Operation GOODWOOD tells. The conduct of the defence against a massive armoured attack which was supported by overwhelming artillery and air bombardment has obvious relevance to our present situation, but there are many other lessons such as the value of intelligence, the training of junior leaders and soldiers, the value of all arms co-operation, the effects of continuous action on morale and the effect of the individual in the battle.32

The Last Tour. It was only in late 1978 that the Staff College Librarian [Kenneth White] initiated the first formal effort, to ensure that the material used on tours over the many years is not lost. It is intended to collate all the material and have it properly


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Eight: Out of the Shadows preserved in the Staff College archives. Thus it seems that none of the material for each years tour was held centrally in the library, but handed from DS to DS, implying very much a decentralised control of the tour; this is reflected in the correspondence saved by various DS. Some clearly made strenuous efforts for the

tour each year, tracking down long-lost veterans, compiling ORBATS and collating veterans accounts from books, regimental journals and tape recordings. The DS in charge of the 6th Airborne presentation felt moved to write in 1979, The time has come once again to send out the letters on travel arrangements for the Battlefield Tour. It is very sad to reflect that this will be the last such letter33 The attitude of the Commandant played a role in this; Nigel Poetts memoirs seem to indicate he was hands-off, whilst the warm and appreciative thank-you letters from Hugh Beach demonstrate a boss who took a close interest in the tour. On the last battlefield tour, 9-15 June 1979, nine speakers addressed the Airborne stands; seven spoke on the 50th Division day and five at the GOODWOOD presentations; BBC-Panorama also appeared to take some footage.34

By the time of the last tour, John Stanier had handed over to Frank Kitson35, who wrote a series of effusive letters of thanks to the final speakers, peppered with the right phrases: Several generations of Staff College students have been privileged to listen to your vivid and enthralling account of the capture of Brville and it is very sad to think that subsequent courses will not be able to re-live that battle with you36; I find your particular story quite fascinating and your vivid description of life in very close and confused contact with the enemy is exactly what the students need to bring some reality into their studies37; and yourstory [is] one of the most intriguing of the Tour and feel it really deserved a whole day on its own. It is a quite remarkable


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Eight: Out of the Shadows illustration of leadership and determination of the highest order which have provided Staff College students over the years with a most valuable lesson.38

Owl Pie provided a worthy tribute to the last Staff College tour in December 1979, with an historical memoir by the Librarian (Figure 8.1, below), poems and photographs (of the bottlefield variety, alas). A final dinner was held in October

1979 for all present and past speakers, DS and Commandants. Exactly 100 sat down, including 26 officers of one-star rank (brigadiers) and above.39 Over the years, 74

speakers had addressed 32 tours on the ground or the 1952 tour in the UK, of these sixteen had spoken on more than ten occasions, and 28 on more than five occasions. The GOODWOOD Day was the most consistent, having been in the programme almost from the start. Here, two speakers (Maj-Gen. Pip Roberts & Maj. Bill Close) had addressed the stands on 20 and 23 occasions, respectively; Hans von Luck had managed 15 tours, and two others had spoken for 16 and 11 years. The 6th Airborne Day had seven speakers who had spoken on ten or more occasions, including John Howard40 (14 times). On the day covering 50th (Northumberland) Divisions battles, Gen. Jackie dAvigdor-Goldsmid, Robin Hastings, Alistair Morrison and Peter Dickens had spoken on ten or eleven occasions.41

So why had the Staff College battlefield tour drawn to a close? Ironically, if the Staff College Commandants were concerned about MOD budgets under Labour, the advent of a Tory administration under Margaret Thatcher on 3 May 1979 brought an immediate 25 percent increase in forces pay, which the Callaghan government had allowed to fall behind in real terms. The decision to terminate the tour was

really the Staff College Commandants, but it had long sown the seeds of its own


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Eight: Out of the Shadows demise by being primarily reliant on the speakers. Towards the end, there was a

constant battle to find new speakers, and the figure of 74 individuals to deliver about fifteen stands illustrates the point. So does the longevity of some of the guest

artists (a displeasing term if ever there was one): the same speakers (very good though they may have been) for fifteen or twenty years illustrates the fossilisation that had taken place.

Figure 8.1. Cover of the booklet issued at the time of the last Staff College battlefield tour to Normandy in 1979. (Source: authors collection) -439-

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Arguably the tour had very low expectations in learning outcomes, merely using the tour to bring out tactical decision-making and the atmosphere of war; the treasures of the terrain were often overlooked in favour of the story the speaker had to tell, and there was no attempt to interpret the history at the operational level.

Nigel Bagnall. The scalpel was undoubtedly wielded by John Stanier (announced formally in February 1978), who must have decided very early on what he was going to do perhaps three years beforehand (he had departed before the final act) and left Frank Kitson to do the deed.42 On one hand there must be sympathy for his decision (there were undoubtedly financial worries and in 1979 the College suffered a reduction in establishment of two DS posts, a five percent cut in civilian manpower and a ten percent reduction in civilian overtime)43, but the tour had long since become an exercise in nostalgia and the issues of civilian clothes, yachts, wives and bottlefields undoubtedly detracted from its gravitas. Yet, Stanier had the opportunity to turn the tour into something else along the lines of a staff ride. This he chose to forego,

which is puzzling; he himself had attended the College (and its tour) in 1964-6 and had also been an Assistant Instructor GSO1 at the Imperial Defence College, 196870.44 The institutional lack of understanding of the operational level of war until the 1980s is perhaps pertinent to his line of thought. In his obituary of another field

marshal - Nigel Bagnall (1927-2002) - John Keegan credited the latter with introducing the Army to the operational level, a concept borrowed from the panzer generals which he successfully domesticated by brilliant exposition. He also made the study of war respectable and transformed the outlook of a whole generation of officers.45


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Eight: Out of the Shadows Bagnall had served as GCS (1985-9) and in retirement published The Punic Wars (1990) on which he had been working when in office, which deserves to be better known than it is today. In his Epilogue, he observed, As Polybius pointed out, the study of history provides a means of learning from the experience of others, so avoiding some of the mistakes of our predecessorslet me reinforce this opening statement by quoting Capt. Mahan History both suggests strategic study and illustrates the principles of war by the facts which it transmits. But if these lessons are to be of any value, they must be shown to have a practical application.... We can at least introduce an element of predictability in assessing the likely consequences of our actions by applying the lessons of the past, although care must be taken that those lessons are not reduced to dogmas. They should be regarded only as signposts or guidelines for future action, which can then be formulated into policy through debate46

Bagnall analysed very specifically the strategic and operational conduct of the distant Punic Wars in terms of contemporary lessons for the West, as the Soviet Union was disintegrating. 47 Yet Bagnall was not the only senior soldier at this time to employ military history to illustrate current military thinking. Gen. Sir Frank

Kitson published Directing Operations in 1989, about the qualities needed by modern army officers; in it he argued that there are certain principlesthat seem to have remained the same throughout history, and it is worth realizing that success in the past has usually been achieved by acting in accordance with these principles. They are, in effect, a distillation of the combined experiences of the many thousands of commanders who have operated throughout recorded historyThe value of understanding the underlying principles governing the conduct of operations was greatly stressed at one time, but is now largely neglected in the British Army. The reason for this is not clearit is none the less useful to absorb the distilled experience of the ages, particularly in peacetime when it is difficult to gain experience at firsthand48

Kitson saw there were two ways to absorb the principles of war: through personal experience or by studying military history (which included touring battlefields); to illustrate the eternal nature of the British Armys ten principles of war,


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Eight: Out of the Shadows he included in Directing Operations a brief historical study of Wolfes capture of Quebec in 1759 to show how practical experience can be gained from studying a past campaign in the light of the principles of war.49 At the time Kitson was writing his book, Bagnall as CGS had lent his weight to the establishment of a resident civilian historian at Staff College (this was Brian Holden-Reid - in retrospect it is surprising that this happened as late as it did) and to the establishment of the Higher Command and Staff Course.50

Arguably then, it may have been Stanier who in 1979 was not forward-looking enough, rather than the tour itself. Stanier was Commandant at a time when, in some minds at least, there was a nagging doubt that military history had less relevance in an era of acute technological change, and that operational research, decision-making theory, systems analysis and computer simulation offered more than those who studied or possessed military experience.51 A 1981 paper by US historian Walter

Millis summarised succinctly this Cold War-era doctrinal myopia: The military professional who must today preside over the design, production and employment of the giant weapons of mass destruction cannot really learn much from Napoleon, or Jackson, or Lee, or Grant who were all managers of men in combat, not of weapons systems about which one of the most salient points is that they must never be allowed to come into collision It is the belief of the present writer that military history has largely lost its function the old tales are increasingly irrelevant to modern international politics, to modern war and modern citizenship it is not immediately apparent why the strategy and tactics of Nelson, Lee or even Bradley or Montgomery should be taught to young men who are being trained to manage the unmanageable military colossi of today52

It was this view that Marshal of the RAF Sir John Slessor also reflected when writing of pre-war battlefield tours (discussed in Chapter Six) in his 1956 memoirs, The Central Blue:


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Eight: Out of the Shadows but tactics change, or should development of weapons that I am anything to be gained whether disadvantage from detailed tactical ground53 change, so quickly with the very doubtful whether there is indeed there is not positive study of past campaigns on the

Staniers official - and rather lame - argument - quoted in Owl Pie and elsewhere at the time (it would have been disastrous to let it [the tour] fall off gradually as one after another of the eye-witnesses on which all depended, succumbed to the effect of time)54 certainly has not been borne out in fact. Indeed the evidence suggests that the tour closed despite the protests of the guests that they were fit and happy to carry on. John Howard, Hans von Luck, Bill Close, John Mogg, James Hill and many others whom this author met in Normandy, carried on with unit and formation tours and pilgrimages for another twenty years, and battlefield tours have undergone an upsurge in interest and participation beyond all levels experienced in 1979.

The very next year, 1980, for example, Gen. Pip Roberts, Hans von Luck and Brig. Jack Churcher were to be found in Normandy, conducting their GOODWOOD stands for the Old Comrades of the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry.55 The immediate reaction of two serving, former Staff College DS, Christopher Dunphie and Gary Johnson, was informative: in 1980 they wrote-up the Staff College tour and published it commercially as Brightly Shone the Dawn;56 Dunphie has since written another book about Op. GOODWOOD, specifically incorporating much Staff College material.57 John Stanier also could have opted to carry on with the tours, using a mix of veterans and historians as happens today and ironically in 2003 this author met Stanier preparing to do just that - guide a battlefield tour himself of the Cassino area! The newspaper obituaries of Luck58, Howard59, Close60 and Morrison61 all stressed


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Eight: Out of the Shadows their lecturing roles on the Staff College battlefield tours suggesting that speaking to the College on their old battlefields was an achievement in its own right. Most

recently, Morrisons (in April 2007) was titled Major Alastair Morrison, who has died aged 83, won an MC in Holland in 1944 and was well-known for his lectures on battlefield tours of the Normandy beaches62.

Strangely, other solutions lay open to Stanier which he chose to ignore.


could not only have altered the emphasis, but the changed the locations. The original Camberley tour of 1947 had produced templates for subsequent tours to which BAOR had added. The result was the series of seven battlefield tour books: GOODWOOD BLUECOAT TOTALIZE - NEPTUNE, and VERITABLE PLUNDER - VARSITY, which had been published with the BAOR imprint in 1947-8. The Directing Staff

editions contain all the maps, photographs, lecture scripts and stand details necessary for a very professional tour. In the authors experience they have been used many

times since and prove a very robust and comprehensive training aid; many of the locations today remain appropriate and unaffected by modern construction. These

were in any case designed to be undertaken without the original eye-witnesses and required interaction and participation from the students. In a sample study of the

1956 Camberley tour, the pre-tour DS instructions indicate that the BAOR Goodwood books were issued to each DS, who were also recommended to study Chester Wilmots Struggle for Europe and the relevant chapters of the VIII Corps history, Normandy to the Rhine and Taurus Pursuant (the history of 11th Armoured Division).63 Choosing other areas, such as the Ardennes (relevant to 1940 and

1944)64 or going back to the BAOR studies of other battles had been raised as an option in 1974 but was not pursued - partly, one suspects, because the administrative


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Eight: Out of the Shadows support had become so comfortably ensconced in Cabourg. Neither had Lt-Col.

Peter Inges very sensible suggestion of carrying on, using professional historians rather than senior former commanders which is what happens today - been further investigated.

It appears the termination of the annual tour thus need not have happened at all. The story of the Staff College Battlefield Tour to 1979 was a tale of a marvelous learning tool first growing stale, being under-used, mis-applied and then neglected. At the end of the same year that Camberleys detailed examination of the planning and execution of a large-scale land operation had been terminated, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan.65

A Tour to Arnhem (Map 21). Frank Kitson reviewed the end of the tour in his Staff College Report for 1979, admitting there is no doubt it will be sadly missed on future courses66. However, he went on to loyally defend Staniers decision (- how could he otherwise?), I have little doubt however that the decision to end it at this juncture was correct67 Yet, it was not long before there was a sense in the Staff College of having tilted against history too far in dropping the tour. The very next year -1980 Owl Pie recorded the visit of some officers to Ypres.68 Quite why we chose Ypres neither of us knows, but we

were determined to do something other than spend our time on coaches visiting Waterloo or Brugge, mused the articles author.69 This was a thought-provoking,

private day-long tour, undertaken during the free day of the European visit, but perhaps underlines the fact that touring battlefields was in the Staff College institutional blood; note that there was already an organised visit to Waterloo at the


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Eight: Out of the Shadows same time. The days previously occupied by the Normandy battlefield trip were

filled by a European Tour, when the Staff College visited organisations like SHAPE and BAOR; however the many non-NATO students (with a few British warriors) were given an alternative programme for the more militarily-sensitive days of the tour. This included a few days studying the airborne landings at Arnhem. Owl Pie recorded as early as 1981, After weeks of chinagraph battles it was a rewarding and sobering experience to stand on the spot where an entire battalion or even a brigade had made its last stand. This was the value of the visit in May by a party

from the Staff College to Arnhem.70

Map 21: the objectives of the Op. MARKET GARDEN campaign of September 1944, ending with the failed attempt to seize Arnhem. Source: Maurice Tugwell, Arnhem: A Case Study (London: Purnell 1975), p.61. -446-

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The return of a mini-battlefield tour in the programme and so soon after the termination of the Normandy one, during the reign of Frank Kitsons successor (MajGen. DB Alexander-Sinclair), suggests an early, institutional about-face; even the methodology was the same, using veteran eye-witnesses, geared to the tactical level, but the tour seems to have been a stand-alone, and not stitched into the curriculum: As we were conducted around Arnhem and Nijmegen we were fascinated and enthralled by intimate accounts of battles and individual incidents by those who participated in Op. MARKET GARDEN. LtCol. Doug Crawley MC (Retd.) who commanded B Coy 2/Para near the bridge itself, gave a graphic account of the fierce fighting in that area. Mr Tex Banwall, BEM, late of 10/Para, regaled us all with revealing and candid stories of the operations of his battalion and of events within the Hartenstein perimeter leading to the night river crossing from Oosterbeek ChurchThose of us fortunate to visit Arnhem were able to experience a battlefield tour in miniature and to profit from the experience of those who actually took part in the fighting. It was a memorable few days.71

Within four years of its demise, the next Commandant, Maj-Gen. John Akehurst72 was reviewing 1982 in his annual report (of March 1983) and observed that during Part 1 of the European Tour, the non-NATO students had visited Arnhem battlefield and during Part 2, During our stay in Brussels we arranged 4 battlefield visits, to the Ardennes, Fontenoy, Waterloo and Ypres, which were led by RMAS War Studies lecturers. These visits were highly popular with the students, but primarily filled a spare day forced upon us by programming difficulties.73

We Really Do Miss The Tour. Already, albeit through the back door, tours were back in the programme. Akehurst - who had commanded a brigade against Communist rebels in Dhofar 19745 with enormous success - was described in his obituary (February 2007) as one of the most successful and popular commandants since the war, being particularly adept


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Eight: Out of the Shadows at summing up after lectures delivered by the great and good.74 He was remarkably forthright in his 1983 review: in posing the question, What effect has the loss of the Battlefield Tour had on our instructions? Akehurst stated, We really do miss the Battlefield Tour but the Battlefield Stress Study (2 days) has been extremely successful in dealing with the Human Factors in War. Instead of just hearing from veterans, as we did on the old tours, we now approach the subject from 4 angles; the veterans, the military historian (this year Corelli Barnett); the psychologist (Prof Norman Dixon); and APRE [Army Personnel Research Establishment]. The veterans are invited on a scale of one per syndicate and one of them (this year Brig Thompson) speaks centrally on the Commanders view of stress in battle. I should add at this point that I was offered staff support for a Staff College tour to the Falkland Islands. I politely declined on the grounds that the arduous journey, potentially awful weather and lack of accommodation and Calvados (or its equivalent) would only be tolerable if a really effective tour could be assured on arrival. This seemed unlikely. Instead a party of DS visited in Jan 83 to film and photograph the ground and to research up-to-date material for input to our tactics presentation, emphasising the All-Arms battle. Also the second European Tour is an extremely important alternative [to the battlefield] tour to us in Term 4 and it provides an excellent and wellearned break from the class-room.75

From this passage, it is perhaps significant that Akehurst (who had been a DS at Camberley in 1966-8, but not a student, and whose main operational expertise was irregular war in Dhofar nothing like the high intensity war of Normandy) personally felt that the battlefield tour concept had continued relevance. The fact that he felt he could say this in his annual report [to the Army Council] indicates he may have assumed he had a sympathetic audience. Although he had turned down a College

tour of the Falklands, the fact that the old tour was still missed - and the perception that it was still of value is important - because during the year under review the army had undertaken its first major joint operation since Korea (Op CORPORATE, to free the Falklands). Experiences from the Falklands (including talks from the participants and the Governor, Rex Hunt) were fed into that years course, but there remained the sense that something akin to the old-style Normandy tour was still needed. Once the


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Eight: Out of the Shadows original battlefield tour had gone, however, financial considerations were never going to permit Akehurst (or any other Commandant) to re-introduce it and his report was full of the frustrations of defence cuts, limitations of civilian staff and their overtime; these were the result of the wide-ranging defence review, announced by the incoming Secretary of State, John Nott (a former regular 2/Gurkha Rifles officer), in 1981. The student critique of the Arnhem visit stated that it, was rated a success and the administrative arrangements were much appreciated. It was felt that in future the commentaries should be more structured and informative, some felt that a German veteran and a speaker from 30 Corps or 43 Div should be includedOverall the general view was that the visit underlined that there was still an unquestionable need at the Staff College for a comprehensive battlefield tour to illustrate the chaos, confusion and unpredictability of war, to balance theoretical studies.76

This is very significant feedback, for none of the students had had previous experience of the old Staff College tour, yet perceived that the Battlefield Stress Study Day did not entirely address the issues of leadership in war. however, was geared to finance: The point on the commentaries is noted. As the Arnhem visit is not classified as a battlefield tour, it is unlikely that financial cover would be made available for additional speakersWe are aware of the widespread feeling that there is a place for a battlefield tour in the syllabus but this is a matter for the Course Committee to discuss..77 The DS response,

Within five years of its demise, during his tenure as Commandant (1984-6), Maj-Gen. CPR (now Gen. Sir Charles) Palmer78 acknowledged the lack of a battlefield tour had left a gap and initiated a study tour of the British armoured counter-stroke at Arras of 21 May 1940, but to be undertaken out of College hours. A battlefield guide to Arras was issued by the Staff College in 1985 to all its students, introduced by Palmer in the following terms:


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Eight: Out of the Shadows Until 1979 the Staff College made an annual visit to the Normandy battlefields to study the realities of combat. The visit was invaluable as a means of passing on the previous generations practical experience to future commanders and staff officers. It also did much to kindle interest in military history79 This was perhaps an unexpected by-product of the tour that John Stanier hadnt fully understood, that it also encouraged a professional understanding of the use of military history. This was before Camberley had its resident civilian historian; Palmer continued,

Sadly the Battlefield Tour had to end in 1979. Its place has been partly taken by the annual Stress Study held at Camberley. However the more academic Stress Study cannot entirely replace a Battlefield Tour on the ground.80 In Frank Kitsons Planning Directive for the last (1979) tour, he had directed that the visit include a lecture on Morale and Battlefield Psychology81 and that the 1980 course include a new Battlefield Stress Study Day, which was designed to replace some aspects of the discontinued Battlefield Tourto permit students to study and discuss human behaviour under the stress of battle. It will consist of a number of presentations given by outside speakers with medical, historical and personal experience82

Here, perhaps, is one of the areas where the old battlefield tour had stumbled, by not exploiting the unique, out-of-doors nature of the learning, its experiential qualities, and the examples of terrain affecting operations all about. None of the

educational values outlined in Chapter One were mentioned or even recognised in connection with its demise. In their defence, it is unlikely that the Commandant and his staff were aware of the learning cycles of Kolb or Honey and Mumford, or Gardners multiple intelligences, but it may be that their successors are still unaware, which is less defensible.


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It seems to a degree, at least that the tour had become a series of lectures given out of doors, which were (relatively easily) then moved indoors and transferred to Camberley. The 1981 Battlefield Stress Study ran over two days in September

and its robust selection of speakers included Dr Norman Dixon (author of On the Psychology of Military Incompetence), John Keegan and Maj-Gen. Joachim Oster83 (a founder of the Bundeswehr, who had commanded a tank company at Stalingrad and whose father had been executed for his rle in the 20 July 1944 plot), who lectured on a military commanders view of stress in battle. Each syndicate also had a veteran to contribute to syndicate discussions; these included some of the old Battlefield Tour speakers (Brig. Peter Young, Alistair Morrison, Peter Dickens, John Howard and Bill Close), but also Max Hastings, David Chandler84 and Maj-Gen. Bala Bredin,85 amongst others. Charles Palmers 1985 study guide introduction continued:

This reduction in the emphasis placed on the study of Military History has been partly offset by the increased use of historical examples in the tactical studies undertaken at the Staff College, but I still wish to take every opportunity to encourage further and deeper study of Military History. The next step in this process is this Battlefield Guide. It is intended for you to use on your next continental holiday, or on your way to your next posting in BAOR. It is a good example of what can be achieved using available material and does not demand enormous resources. Any one of you could produce a similar guide when you get your next job, on any action you consider appropriate; and that is exactly what I hope you will do86

In many ways, this was a bizarre exhortation drag your family around a battlefield; the route to follow the 1940 battles around the industrial town of Arras is not conducive to gentle motor excursions or family holidays it is an affair of busy roads, war cemeteries and muddy farm tracks where there are no restaurants and


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Eight: Out of the Shadows facilities to help make the exploration more pleasurable. Arras in size and hospitality is not dissimilar to Coventry not necessarily a destination to visit or linger in, unless there is specific and enticing purpose. Gen. Palmers study guide (it is not his fault) betrays the armys lack of understanding of educational theory how we learn for one of the major benefits of outdoor terrain study is peer discussion. This is the

learning where Vygotsky (explored in Chapter One) identified a rift between what an individual can do alone and unaided and what can be achieved with the help of more knowledgeable others. Palmers battlefield tour was maybe a poor substitute, but

nevertheless an attempt to plug the gap that was universally perceived to have opened up with the demise of the tour; and it was arguably an acknowledgement the scrapping the annual tour had been a mistake.

Gradually, a diversion via Arnhem (Map 21) became a fixture on the Camberley European Tour, as Owl Pie observed in 1988. It is a place about which much has been written and around which many stories have sprung up. We were very lucky to be part of a well-researched tour that was brought to life by veterans who had fought on the operation. Our party consisted mainly of overseas students and more than a few officers who wore parachute wings themselves. By the end of our brief visit the myths were dispelled and the true story of a bold operation bravely carried out was toldHere too, we were given the factual rather than the Hollywood version of events [a reference to the 1977 film A Bridge Too Far].87

The tour was still an adjunct to the main European Tour and a way of entertaining non-NATO students, but was also becoming a focus for the airborne mafiosi, and at no little expense; three veterans were organised to lead the various stands (Maj-Gen Tony Jones, Col. Geoffrey Powell88 and Capt. Jim Flavell). The

Owl Pies author was clearly moved and motivated by the experience, and conscious


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Eight: Out of the Shadows of the expense, provided an erudite justification of the exercise, which alas not all his year could share: In an age of financial constraint critics are quick to point out that jollies such as battlefield tours have outlived their usefulness. Most of our guides commanded nothing grander than a company in the battle. After weeks of moving divisional symbols across maps in the syndicate room it was a chastening experience to hear men, now old, tell their very personal tale of battle. It was not a war story in the pejorative sense. We heard first-hand accounts about hardship and individual bravery that are far removed from our own peacetime experience. For most of us our next command will be at the same humble level. It was the face of battle exposed with great clarity and humility. The lessons learned are the ones that should be told again and again.89 Yet this piece hints at the fact that the Arnhem experience did not attempt to build on other lessons from the whole course, and there is no direct reference to the Battlefield Stress day; in 1990, Owl Pie carried a page of photographs from the Arnhem visit, but no article.90

TDRC and Battlefield Tours. In 1994, Army Doctrine and Training News issued a second list of battlefield tour reports held by the Tactical Doctrine Retrieval Cell, which amounted to 36 destinations, visited by 189 tours, of which 13 were by foreign units and 18 were papers relating to visits made by the new Higher Command and Staff Course. This represented a considerable leap from the mere 27 listed in Army Training News, only seven years earlier, in 1987.91 A few earlier tours had crept in, which were not

listed in 1987 but the striking fact is how many tours were mounted after 1985, when Sir Nigel Bagnall became GCS 132 out of 158 (removing the US and HCSC contributions), which equates to 84 percent; this does not take into account those tours mounted in 1985 (eleven). What is different about these new tours was that they

were being conducted by formation headquarters 35 by brigade HQs and 14 by


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Eight: Out of the Shadows divisional staff, as well as 29 by regiments and battalions themselves. As observed in the previous chapter, this data may be inaccurate, in that there was (and, alas remains) no obligation to lodge details of tours with the TDRC (or its successor, the Joint Lessons Cell), but it does at least give a minimum indication of what was happening in the army. The 1994 data from TDRC for the 24-year period is illustrated at Figure 8.1 (below).

60 50 40 30 20 10 0 1970-5 1976-80 1981-5 1986-90 1991-4

Figure 8.2: Chart illustrating the Growth in the number of Army Battlefield Visits, whose details were lodged with the Tactical Doctrine Retrieval Cell, 197094, (as recorded in Army Doctrine and Training News, No.2, November 1994). Visits recorded for five-yearly intervals, until 1991-4. Note the totals for 1986-90 (60 tours) and for 1991-94 (a four year period), at 59 tours.

The British army had always undertaken battlefield tours throughout the Twentieth Century, whether as regimental pilgrimages or at a higher aspirational level. Only world war or economic crisis (in 1932 and 1952) had interrupted the

Staff College tour, which was seen as the final arbiter of best practice throughout the field army. The important thing that had happened with the demise of the annual tour in 1979, was that for the first time, Staff College had surrendered the initiative and methodology of running and encouraging battlefield visiting, to the field army - it was as if Camberley were saying, carry on, but were not interested in this any more. If the fundamental role of the General Staff is to introduce or maintain a uniform, co-454-

Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Eight: Out of the Shadows ordinated approach to training and operations, then Staff College, arguably, is the place where those practices should be taught but that baton had now been passed to the rest of the army instead.

Ex. SEELOW STRIKE. As it turned out, two factors helped to resuscitate the battlefield tour, one from outside the Staff College, the other from within. On 9 November 1989 the Berlin

Wall was breached by Germans from both sides and within a remarkably short space of time the Iron Curtain across Europe was swept away; German unification followed in less than a year and was concluded on 3 October 1990; by June 1991, the Cold War seemed a such thing of the past and travelling restrictions into the old GDR had been eased; in this benign atmosphere, British military units based in Germany, including HQ 1st Armoured Division under Maj-Gen. Rupert Smith, fresh from service in the First Gulf War, and the Berlin Infantry Brigade, led by Brig. David Bromhead, mounted battlefield tours of a kind it would have been impossible to have achieved in the past crossing into the east of Germany, they examined Marshal Zhukovs 1945 assault across the River Oder, over the Seelow heights and into Berlin itself. These tours were highly significant and hugely influential for two reasons: first, because they embraced warfare at the operational level, something as previously observed the British were only beginning (and belatedly) to recognise.

Secondly, they were guided by a mix of professional historians and veterans, unlike the Staff College tours to Normandy. For Ex. SEELOW STRIKE, mounted

by the Berlin Infantry Brigade, 22-24 October 199192, Professors Brian Holden-Reid and Richard Holmes, joined forces with Lt-Col. (retd.) Tony LeTissier (formerly the


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Eight: Out of the Shadows Assistant Provost Marshal for Berlin and the last Governor of Spandau Prison, turned historian), and veterans Karl-Heinz Tams (a 21-year old company commander in PanzerGrenadier Regt. 76) and Lt-Gen. HJ von Hopfgarten (commissioned into the Wehrmacht in 1935 and subsequently a Bundeswehr Divisional commander); these guest speakers led five different stands over 48 hours and delivered several lectures, embracing not just vignettes from the past, but issues like Manoeuvre Warfare, Urban Combat, and Soviet Philosophy of War. The 48 people taking part were

divided into three 15-strong syndicates who had to pre-read themselves into the campaign, discuss questions at the stands and present syndicate solutions. This was, in many ways a departure from the traditional, passive battlefield tour and incorporated elements of a TEWT, to create something approaching a true staff ride, as identified in Chapter Two. In reviewing the merits of Battle for Berlin staff rides, Prof. Chris Bellamy has recently observed, it has everything. Most fascinating is the bitter rivalry and antipathy between different methods and style of the two principal Soviet commanders. Zhukov in his clay bunker banging his head against the Seelow Heights; Koniev in a castle slipping across the River Neisse and up the autobahn like a racing snake. You get the bunkers at Zossen, first the HQ of the Wehrmacht, then of the Warsaw Pact; and you get the issue of choice of final objective the Reichstag - defining and announcing victory and all the Russian war means; all the war cemeteries you want without going to Russia and it can be done comfortably in three days without a visa.93

Although regiments and units had occasionally run other tours in the meantime, such as the PIED PEIPER series of Mike Reynolds and the NORTHAG Terrain Study Tours, examined earlier, these Berlin visits were hugely influential because of the level of war they studied and the inter-active nature of the exercise and were thus completely different to any similar activity the participants had experienced before. The tours were no longer conducted as history for its own sake


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Eight: Out of the Shadows which is arguably what the Staff College Normandy tours had become but events where history became the metaphor for discussing current military operations.

Map 22: The Battle for Berlin, 1945, showing the envelopment of the city by Zhukov (to the North) and Koniev (to the South). Source: Maj. Claude R Sasso, Soviet Night Operations in World War II, Leavenworth Paper No.6 (Leavenworth, Kansas: Combat Studies Institute 1982). -457-

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The participants on the 1st Armoured Division and Berlin Infantry Brigade tours, many of whom had just returned from a major war in the Gulf, were soon themselves organising tours for their units and sub-units, and the new-style battlefield touring habit rapidly cascaded through the army stationed in Germany and elsewhere. This gave rise to the current wave of requests for battlefield tours that the army is now experiencing; for example within a year of Ex. SEELOW STRIKE, in September 1992, 5/Airborne Brigade, based in Aldershot, undertook an ambitious four-day battlefield tour of the Somme, Arnhem and Eben Emael (Belgium).94 In the same period (1992), 3rd Division visited Normandy, South East District travelled to Arnhem, 19/Brigade to Le Cateau, Arras and Sedan; 7/Armoured Brigade toured Sedan, the Berlin Infantry Brigade took-in Jena-Auerstadt (1806), which 6/Brigade also visited along with Lutzen-Bautzen (1813).95

The Higher Command and Staff Course. The second factor which shaped future battlefield touring was born in April 1986 when the Army Board endorsed a recommendation of the Review of Officer Training and Education (ROTE) that a twelve-week Higher Command and Staff Course be established at Camberley.96 The first cohort of 20 students (including LtCols. Patrick Cordingley, Jack Deverell, Tim Granville-Chapman, Cols. Roddy Cordy-Simpson, Charles Vyvyan and Oberst Hans Speidel of the Bundeswehr) began in January 1988 and concluded with a Staff Ride of the Ardennes. This exercise

specifically looked at the higher levels of war and, guided to an extent by the resident historians, the students researched the campaign thoroughly and presented papers at each stand. Although the campaigns covered have now extended back to include


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Eight: Out of the Shadows 1870, 1914 and 1940 as well as 1944 and guest lecturers have been incorporated into the programme, such as Generalmajor Heinz-Gnther Guderian97 (son of Heinz, and 1a Chief Operations Officer - for 116th Panzer Division during 1944-5; later as his father had been - Inspector of Armoured Forces, but for the Bundeswehr), the format and emphasis on the higher levels of war have been retained. As graduates from the HCSC return to their units and are promoted, they have been promoting the HCSC brand of participative staff ride to stretch the talent amongst their subordinates, as well as provide an interesting few days on unfamiliar terrain. Staff Rides initially

and necessarily reflected lessons from land warfare, but the HCSC focuses on Joint Warfare, where elements of armies, navies, air forces (and in the US case, marines) fight in close co-operation; indeed, validation on the British Higher Command and Staff Course (HCSC, for colonels and their equivalents) suggests the staff ride itself is considered the highlight of the three-month course by all participants, regardless of arm or service98. Wisely, Nigel Bagnall - who lobbied hard to get the course

instituted - felt that NATO interoperability was so important that four of the HCSC places should be reserved for NATO allies (usually Americans, Germans, French and the Dutch); this provides an added dimension for the week-long staff ride, which is the penultimate phase of the HCSC and is designed to link historical events, preliminary research and the actual terrain, to analyse the key lessons for application to future major operations and campaigns.99 It is also designed to demonstrate some characteristics of conflict and command at the operational level. Although following stands, it does not follow the format of a battlefield tour but, in the manner of Clausewitz, or the US model for staff rides, special emphasis is given to student preparation, participation and analysis, with an element of guidance and narration from the accompanying historians. Students also write and present a 3500 - 5000


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Eight: Out of the Shadows word paper prior to most stands, which is followed by a theatre wargame, where principles learned are put into practice.100 Gen. Sir Mike Jackson is probably the first HCSC graduate to have written his memoirs, and recalled the second HCSC in 1989, it was three months of concentrated intellectual study and hard work, but enormously stimulating and rewardingThe course involved lectures, syndicate discussions, private study, map exercises and the socalled staff ride, a sequence of battlefield tours that took us to sites in Normandy, Verdun and the Ardennes, among others. We were fortunate that our tour was conducted by Professor Richard Holmes. There was a lot one could learn from studying these past campaigns on the ground. Though of course the tactics and technology were completely different, many of the principles remained the same.101 Like the Berlin battlefield tour, the HCSC Staff ride has cascaded down to formations; for example, in 1993 1/Mechanised Brigade undertook a major (and ambitious) tour, studying the 1870 Franco-Prussian War (Map 7), Verdun in 1916, Guderian on the Meuse in 1940 and the Lorraine Campaign of 1944 all prior destinations of the HCSC. The following year, 24/Air Mobile Brigade visited the

Somme (1916 Maps 10 and 11), Cambrai (1917 Map 12) and the sites of the battle of Ramillies (1706) and Ops. VERTIABLE and PLUNDER (both 1945 Map 16).102 In these cases and those of the other brigades and divisions cited above, more than one campaign and historical period was studied. The resultant range of wide range of examples suggests a fundamental reassessment of military history had taken place, both through the Bagnall reforms and the arrival of the HCSC; history was now being used as a metaphor to discuss current military issues at the operational level, rather than merely to discover the realities of war.

A good example of this is the study of the Ardennes battles of December 1944. At the time the surprise German counter-stroke caught the US Army

completely off-guard and for many days their chain of command was paralysed with


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1918 offensive, senior British commanders, led by Montgomery and Dempsey, were noticeably less anxious than their flustered allies. In other words, actual experience of other, similar situations, or study of the same, can prepare commanders for the same eventualities, particularly at the operational level.

Conclusion. The Camberley tours had surrendered the benefits of studying operationallevel military history but the Bagnall-inspired battlefield tours and HCSC staff rides hauled this professional use of history back into the army. The achievement of the

HCSC was reinforced by the publication in 1989 of a selection of eleven essays submitted during the course under the title, The British Army and the Operational Level of War, introduced by Bagnall and edited by Jeremy Mackenzie and Brian Holden Reid.103 This upsurge of interest in using military history again was also

reflected in the articles published in the armys house journal, British Army Review Surprise: The Neglected Principle by Brig. JJG Mackenzie (No.88, April 1988); The Lessons of Yesterday! The Relevance of Military History to the Teaching of Tactics in Todays Army by Maj. HGR Boscawen (No.90, December 1988) and The Value of the Study of Past Conflicts (which won The Bertrand Stewart Prize Essay in 1989), by Capt. P. Miller, (No.94, April 1990). None of these were ground-breaking and are thoroughly mainstream thinking today, but in 1988-90, arguably had amounted to cries in the wilderness.

It is difficult to avoid coming to the conclusion that Camberley gained nothing by terminating the annual tour to Normandy (except a financial saving), especially as


Footsteps Across Time: Chapter Eight: Out of the Shadows tours gradually crept into the syllabus again. None of the speakers, whatever they

may or may not have said to Sir John Stanier, appear to have given up lecturing on their old battlefields and some (including Hans von Luck) were inspired to write their memoirs.104 If one of the rles of the Staff College is (in Henry Wilsons

words) to create a school of thought, then the annual battlefield tour was one of the tools to help create that concept, and the College was negligent in surrendering this important aid. However, a combination of the HCSC (from 1988) and the wider field army (on the conclusion of the Cold War) has wrested the initiative back. The next chapter explores where this process is today.

Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., cited in Kevin Hymel, Pattons Photographs. War As He Saw It (Washington DC, Potomac Books 2006), title page. 2 He lost the Defence portfolio with the arrival of Margaret Thatcher in May 1979; later Lord Mulley of Manor Park, 1918-95. 3 Letter, Maj-Gen. JW Stanier to Sir Francis de Guingand, 4 May 1976, BTC218, JSCSC Archives. 4 Memo, Col. J Chapman to Col. OR Tweedy, Battlefield Tour, Ref Your 139/1 of 21 Jun 76. BTC218, JSCSC Archives 5 The North Vietnamese Tet offensive of February 1968 brought television pictures of the ugly reality of the Vietnam War (including executions at pistol point) into Western living rooms, provoking angry protest marches in the USA and Europe against American military imperialism. This sparked a famous pitched battle between police and 100,000 anti-war marchers outside the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square on 17 March. Later students took over some British University campuses (such as the LSE). As Ian MacDonald has observed, as if to drive the point home, Martin Luther Kings assassination a week weeks later confirmed a brutal Zeitgeist shift from love and peace to politics and struggle (Ian MacDonald, Revolution in the Head. The Beatles Records and the Sixties, (London: Pimlico 1994), p.226. Earlier, in April 1967, the American Civil Rights activist Martin Luther King had already outlined his reasons for opposing the Vietnam War. In March 1968, King was shot and killed as he stood on the balcony of a motel. His death was followed by rioting in 125 cities and resulted in 46 people being killed. On 4 May l970 the Ohio National Guard fired on a crowd of Kent State University anti-Vietnam demonstrators, killing four and wounding nine students. The impact of the incident was dramatic, triggering a nationwide student strike that forced hundreds of colleges and universities to close; the shootings symbolised the deep political and social divisions of America during the Vietnam War era. Already in 1968, Lt. William Calley had led two platoons into the Vietnamese village of My Lai, where over 500 villagers were massacred on 16 March. The story was broken by investigative journalist Seymour Hersh only in 1969 and Calley was court-martialled. My Lai represented one of the low points in US military achievements, and fuelled the already considerable anti-war movement and general left wing (and student) hostility to those in (any and all) authority. 6 In Ulster the Civil Rights movement comprised Nationalist Catholics who felt (with justification) they were being treated as second class citizens by the Stormont government. The first marches took place in August 1968; Stormont (the Northern Irish parliament) banned them on the grounds that the police had not been notified of them in advance; this led to marchers ignoring the ban and being attacked and beaten by the (predominantly Protestant) police with batons; Stormont (embodying as it did, the Crowns authority in Ulster) received condemnation from around the world.


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In May 1968 students rose up in Paris and elsewhere, over new visitation rules that forbade the opposite sex from visiting bedrooms. Students saw this as an unwarranted invasion of privacy and organised protest marches. These were attacked by the paramilitary CRS police and eventually two thirds of French workers were out on strike, in sympathy with the students. The battles were seen very much as struggles between the revolutionary left and the forces of reaction. De Gaulle reacted by dissolving the French National assembly in July. Again, this resulted in an anti-military, anti-police culture in France. 8 In 1968, Czechoslovakia experienced a period of political liberalism (the Prague Spring), led by Alexander Dubcek, which included proposals to democratise its armed forces, limit the role of the Communist Party and retune defence strategy to its own (not Russias) geopolitical interests. Unsettled by these developments, the Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovakia on 20 August 1968 in a meticulously planned operation, with half a million Warsaw Pact troops. 9 Revolution was recorded in July and released in August 1968, although Ian MacDonald suggests that Lennon was himself anti-revolution. (Ian MacDonald, op cit) 10 An early example of this school of thought was Leon Wolffs In Flanderss Fields (London: Longmans, Green & Co, 1958), which appeared just after the 40th anniversary of the Armistice. The authors Pan paperback edition (1961) on the rear cover reads: The most insane and savage bloodbath in the history of war. Field Marshal Haig, the British C-in-C, believed himself a Man of Destiny he found 70% casualties highly satisfactory. Lloyd George, the Prime Minister referred to Haig as brutal and fatuous but lacked the courage to replace him. Staff Officers falsified reports gains of 200 yards of desolation were hailed as great victories but the cost in lives was so appalling that the Government concealed the figures. In four months of butchery two British armies suffered half a million casualties. Cut to pieces by German machine guns, often waist-deep in mud, they advanced in that time four and a half miles! Vanity and incompetence at the top, merciless carnage lit by incredible courage on the field of battle, IN FLANDERS FIELDS is a shocking story that must never be forgotten. 11 See Tom Wells, The War Within: Americas Battle over Vietnam (Berkeley: University of California Press 1994) and Sidney Lens, Vietnam: A War on Two Fronts (New York: Lodestar Books 1990), which are particularly good on this era. 12 Alan Clark, The Donkeys (London: Hutchinson 1961) 13 Oh! What A Lovely War began life in 1963 as a stage musical by Joan Littlewood (a noted left-wing activist) and her London Theatre Workshop, based on Alan Clarks book, with some scenes adapted from The Good Soldier Schweik (1920-3), by the Czech author Jaroslav Hasek, (1883-1923). In 1969, Richard Attenborough directed the film of the same name. 14 Reginald Pound, The Lost Generation (London: Constable 1964). Pound sought to magnify the tragedy of 1914-18 by suggesting that a whole generation of Britains most able youth had perished, which impacted on British society and leadership afterwards. 15 Norman Dixon, On The Psychology of Military Incompetence, Jonathan Cape 1976. The text is also available online at (accessed 22 July 2006). Dixon was a former Army psychologist (MBE) who left the forces in 1950, and his work, which has run to several editions, was republished by Virago paperback in 1994. Paul Fussell, The Great War and Modern Memory (Oxford: University Press 1975). Robin Prior and Trevor Wilson subsequently dissected Fussells controversial approach to the First World War in Paul Fussell at War, article in War in History, Volume 1, Number 1 (1994), pp. 63-80. Surprisingly late additions to the Donkeys school were John Laffins lamentable British Butchers and Bunglers of the Western Front (London: Sutton 1988), whose title neatly identifies his thesis, and Denis Winters Haigs Command-A Reassessment (London: Viking, 1991). The debate over the nature of command in the First World War is examined most recently by Trevor Wilson The Great War in History: Debates and Controversies, 1914 to the Present, article in the English Historical Review, 2006/CXXI, pp. 559-561. 16 Brian Gardner, Up the Line to Death (London: Methuen 1964), I.M. Parsons, Men Who March Away (London: Heinemann 1965). 17 Richard Hooker (Richard Hornberger), M*A*S*H (New York: William Morrow & Co. 1968). 18 Joseph Heller, Catch-22 (London: Collins 1961). M*A*S*H was a good example of a subliminal message in a war book (albeit a novel); the story was set in a US Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in the Korean War of 1950-3, yet all readers and viewers would have been aware that it was commenting on the contemporary Vietnam War (c.1965-75), then at its height. The Battle of Algiers (1965), portraying that countrys fight for independence and the bitter French colonial reaction, and Oh What A Lovely War (1969) were equally sceptical of military authority and government policy. Other feature films of the time, like the black comedy Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and


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Love the Bomb (1964), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968, which carried cheap shots against class and authority) and Waterloo (1970, containing a bizarre anti-war sequence in the main battle) and latterly, Zulu Dawn (1979) and The Big Red One (1980) also reflected this angry, rebellious mood and their stance seems all the more radical when contrasted with movies like the semi-documentary hit The Longest Day (1962, which was played during the Staff College tours and much enjoyed), the heroic Lawrence of Arabia (also 1962), Zulu (1964) and Patton (1970) of exactly the same era. 19 A pop historian described this era in the following terms:After the social uprising of the first half of the decade, the Vietnam war incited a moral uprising in the second half; but it was not till Mao Tsetung launched his Cultural Revolution in 1966 that the European Left found a faith to replace the one shattered by Khrushchevs exposure of Stalin in 1956. The attraction of 1966-vintage Maoist revolution in the age of instantaneity was that it eliminated the preparatory phases of Lenins model, positing a direct leap to the Communist millennium which would expunge all class distinctions at a stroke. This, decided the excited young ideologues of the West, amounted to a break with history. All that remained was to take to the streets and tear down the walls... See Ian MacDonald, Revolution in the Head, op cit, p.23. 20 Gen. Sir Mike Jackson, Soldier. The Autobiography of Gen. Sir Mike Jackson (London: Transworld/Bantam Press 2007). 21 Letter JW Stanier to Lt-Gen. Sir Napier Crookenden, 7 July 1976, BTC218, JSCSC Archives. 22 Maj-Gen. Sir James dAvigdor-Goldsmid, 1912-87, was OC A Sqn. 4/7DG in Normandy. 23 Gen. Sir John Mogg, 1913-2001, was 2IC of 9/DLI on D-Day. 24 Letter JW Stanier to Generals Crookenden, dAvigdor-Goldsmid, Mogg and Roberts, 14 October 1976, BTC218 JSCSC Archives. 25 Memo, Col. R Plummer to all DS, 15 June 1977, BTC223, JSCSC Archives. 26 Letter Lt-Col. WE Rous to Sidney Vines, 13 August 1977, BTC223, JSCSC Archives 27 Letter Lt-Col. CG Cornock to Lt-Gen. Sir Napier Crookenden, 20 June 1978, BTC225, JSCSC Archives. 28 Staff College Report for 1977, p.5, bound into Records of 1977, ASC11. 29 Owl Pie, December 1978, p.39. 30 Letters, Lt-Col. AFK Walker to Roger Gage, Westward TV, 8 March 1973 and reply, 13 March 73, BTC 208, JSCSC Archives. 31 Letter Lt-Col. WRC Timpson to Staff College D Comdt. & DS, 29 Mar 76, BTC208. 32 Army Training News, No.1 (September 1978), pp.37-8. 33 Letter Lt-Col. PS Morton to 6 AB Speakers, BTC252, JSCSC Archives. 34 Letters Lt-Col. DNA Blair to Team Leaders, 50 Div, 6 AB, Goodwood, 23 November 1978, Maj DJ Ralls to Team Leaders, 14 December 1978 and Maj DJ Ralls to Army School of Industrial Technology, Beaconsfield, 26 February 1979. BTC241, JSCSC Archives. 35 Later Gen. Sir Frank Kitson, born 1926, appointed Commandant 1978. 36 Letter Maj-Gen. FE Kitson to Lt-Col. EJ Warren DSO, 18 June 1979. BTC241, JSCSC Archives. 37 Letter Maj-Gen. FE Kitson to D Woodcraft Esq., 18 June 1979. BTC241, JSCSC Archives 38 Letter Maj-Gen. FE Kitson to Lt-Col. AJM Parry MC, 18 June 1979. BTC241, JSCSC Archives 39 Seating Plan for final tour dinner, BTC236, JSCSC Archives. 40 Maj John Howard, 1912-1999, was OC D Company 2/Ox and Bucks LI on D-Day. 41 Survey of all speakers for final tour dinner, 18 October 1979, op cit, BTC236, JSCSC Archives 42 He has refused to be drawn on this point, interview with Sir John Stanier, Italy, September 2003. 43 Staff College Second Term Planning Directive 1979, ASC 13 Records of 1979, pp.3 and 7. 44 Army Gradation List 1970. 45 Obituary, Daily Telegraph, 10 April 2002. 46 (Field Marshal Sir) Nigel Bagnall, The Punic Wars (London: Hutchinson 1990), pp. 321-2. 47 Ibid., pp.321-341. 48 Gen. Sir Frank Kitson, Directing Operations (London: Faber and Faber 1989), pp.85-7. 49 Kitson, Directing Operations, op cit, Appendix, p.163. 50 Gen Sir John Walters, The Influence of FM Sir Nigel Bagnall, article in British Army Review, No.130, Autumn 2002, pp.37-40. 51 This was an era when it would be commonly held that historical studies, for example, of the events leading to Custers death at Little Big Horn (25 June 1876), the defeat at Isandhlwana (22 January 1879) or numerous invasions of far-off Afghanistan (1838-42; 1878-80, 1919; constant North West Frontier/Waziristan operations and the Soviet invasion of 1979-89) had nothing to contribute to an improved understanding of the nature of war in the nuclear age; a visit to the actual battlefields themselves would offer little of professional use, and drain the public purse in an unjustifiable way.


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(At the time of writing, in an age of asymmetric conflict with groups who are able to inflict losses on professional armies in remote territories, it might be felt that those far-off events in Montana, Zululand or Afghanistan have a resonance for modern doctrine in a way not appreciated in the Cold War.) 52 Military History (Washington DC Service Centre for Teachers of History, No 39), pp 16-18; Quoted in van Creveld, Thoughts on Military History, JCH, op cit. 53 Ibid. 54 Owl Pie, December 1979, p.25. 55 Interview, Andy Robertshaw, Head of Education, National Army Museum, 10 August 2006. 56 Brightly Shone the Dawn (London: Frederick Warne 1980). 57 Christopher Dunphie, The Pendulum of Battle: Operation Goodwood July 1944 (London: Leo Cooper 2003). 58 Daily Telegraph, 12 August 1997, Obituary of Col. Hans von Luck 59 Daily Telegraph, 7 May 1999, Death of a hero who blazed the trail on D-Day. 60 Daily Telegraph, 1 June 2006, Obituary of Maj. Bill Close. 61 Daily Telegraph, 17 April 2007, Obituary of Maj. Alastair Morrison. 62 Ibid. 63 Battlefield Tour 1956 Goodwood Gen Instrs DS, BTC155, JSCSC Archives. 64 Even decades after the fighting had finished in Europe, the battlefield debris of combat encounters remained in the Ardennes, as Brig. Peter Macdonald recorded of his time in Germany in the 1980s, Not far from Malmedy and about twenty miles from Bastogne, a bit off the beaten track but near to a minor public road, we found a forest of tall pines, amongst which were the remains of an American battalion defensive position. We walked around and identified the headquarters dugout, the company command posts, and the platoon foxholes. There were bullets everywhere, and ammunition clips; whole hand grenades and the remains of rifles and steel helmets; even, on the lip of a crumbling foxhole, an old, rusty field cooker. And scattered human bones. I picked up shins and arms and pieces of feet and fingers, looked for skulls but could not find any. It was quite unbelievable. Standing looking down a slope, the road dipped, then turned away into the trees. The sleepy-eyed soldiers in that position must have been looking down the road when German tanks came straight at them, just before Christmas 1944. There must have been a short, sharp firefight and then the weight of armour in von Rundstedts last fling, the final spasm of the Nazi war machine, threw them back violently. The Americans pulled back without even having time to retrieve their dead, let alone their equipment. The whole place must have been blanketed with deep snow, then after the battle moved on, more snow fell through a long winter. It was many months before the thaw came. When it did, foxes pulled the human remains apart, gnawed them and scattered them around. They, and all the military paraphernalia, settled into the loam and slowly bleached and rusted as the seasons passed. Why nobody had found them before is inexplicable... See Brig. Peter Macdonald, Corners of My Mind, (Bristol: Petmac Publications 1998), p. 180. 65 The invasion began on 24 December 1979. 66 Staff College Second Term Planning Directive 1979, p.6, ASC 13, Records of 1979, JSCSC Archives. 67 Ibid. 68 Ypres 1980 by Hugh Lloyd, article in Owl Pie, 1980, pp.40-41. 69 Ibid. 70 The European Tour Part 1, Arnhem Revisited, article in Owl Pie 1981, p.45. 71 Ibid. 72 Later Gen. Sir John Akehurst, 1930-2007. 73 Staff College Report for 1982, Army Staff Course (ASC) 16, dated 5 March 1983, p.8-9, bound into Records of 1982, ASC 16. 74 Gen. Sir John Akehurst, Obituary, The Times, 27 February 2007. 75 Akehurst, Report for 1982, op cit, pp.11-12. 76 Critique of European Tour Part 1, 1982, page A-3, bound into Records of 1982, ASC16. 77 Ibid. 78 Commandant 1984-6, b.1933 79 Battlefield Guide, Arras 21 May 1940, Introduction by Maj-Gen. CPR Palmer CBE, Commandant of the Staff College, BTC 265, JSCSC Archives. 80 Ibid. 81 Staff College Second Term Planning Directive 1979, op cit, p.1. 82 Ibid, p.7


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Generalmajor Joachim Oster, b. 1914, commissioned 1935, attended General Staff School 1942-3 and 1a (1st Operations Officer) of a division at Monte Cassino. 84 David G Chandler, 1934-2004, formerly Head of War Studies at Sandhurst. 85 Maj-Gen. HEN Bala Bredin, 1916-2005, CB, DSO and two bars, MC and bar. 86 Battlefield Guide, Arras 21 May 1940, Introduction, op cit. 87 Euro Tour 88 A Bridge Too Far, article by Greg Luton in Owl Pie 1988, p.20. 88 Lt-Col. Geoffrey Powell MC (1914-2005), who commanded a company of 156/Para at Arnhem, had earlier written Men at Arnhem, under the pseudonym Tom Angus (London: Leo Cooper 1976) and later wrote The Devils Birthday. The Bridges to Arnhem 1944 (London: Buchan and Enright 1984). 89 Ibid. 90 Owl Pie, 1990, p.36. 91 Army Doctrine and Training News, No.2 (Novemnber 1994), pp.83-87; Army Training News, No.18 (April 1987), pp.49-51. 92 Berlin Infantry Brigade, Ex. Seelow Strike, Battlefield Tour, 22-24 October 1991, Administrative Instructions, Tactical Doctrine Retrieval Cell, Upavon (now Joint Lessons Cell, Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC), UK Defence Academy), item No.10148. 93 Prof. Chris Bellamy, interview 2 October 2006. Prof. Bellamy has led two Battle for Berlin staff rides, in December 2003 and March 2007. 94 See study guide at BTC 255, JSCSC Archives. 95 Army Doctrine and Training News, No.2 (November 1994), pp.83-87. 96 HCSC Booklet, p.3, bound into HCSC 1 Records, JSCSC Archives. 97 Generalmajor Heinz-Gnther Guderian, 1914-2004. 98 Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC), Higher Command and Staff Course (HCSC) 2003 Validation, p.35 99 JSCSC website,, accessed 4 April 2004. 100 Col. JG Williams OBE, Operational Art and the Higher Command and Staff Course, British Army Review, No.93, December 1989, pp.4-7. 101 Gen. Sir Mike Jackson, Soldier, op cit, pp.153-4. 102 Army Doctrine and Training News, No.2 (November 1994), pp.83-87. 103 Maj-Gen JJG Mackenzie and Brian Holden Reid, The British Army and the Operational Level of War (Camberley: Tri-Service Press 1989). 104 Hans von Luck, Panzer Commander (New York: Praeger 1989).



Footsteps Across Time: Conclusions and Recommendations After all, the really important function of any kind of military history is not primarily to serve as interesting material for the general reader, but to enable commanders and staff officers of the future to be wise before the event, and to learn not only from the successes but from the failures of their predecessors Wing Commander John Slessor, 1936 1

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The Story Today. So where do battlefield tours and staff rides sit with the defence establishment (for they are of relevance to far more than the land component) today? In fact,

because of multi-national operations and NATO co-operation, single-service, singlenationality battlefield visits should be a thing of the past certainly if looking at the operational level of war. In recent years, US Army organisations of every kind have used battlefield visits to illustrate a plethora of military lessons, not necessarily connected with direct combat; for example in 1990, the US Armys VII Corps 2/Support Command logisticians studied the logistical lessons of the 1805 Napoleonic campaign near Ulm in Germany.2

Or take this very clear explanation of the aims and relevance to modern war of a three-day operational-level staff ride, which was reported by the US Army Europe (USAREUR) in 2005, in their journal: Studying historic military campaigns provide current soldiers and leaders with an excellent opportunity to reflect on their calling and prepare mentally for future challenges. When a rejuvenated German army attacked into the Belgian Ardennes [on] Dec. 16, 1944, the soldiers -467-

Footsteps Across Time: Conclusions and Recommendations and leaders of the US Army at all levels reacted in a way that reflected a hard-won tactical and operational maturity with a commensurate ability to react to the unexpected. It drew senior leaders of the US Army, Europe, led by Gen. B.B. Bell, for an operational-level staff ride in November 2005. These leaders looked at the problems of turning from offensive operations to defending against an unexpected and massive German armoured attack. They studied in detail how an alliance reacted to an unanticipated assault. The USAREUR November 2005 staff ride focussed on the three phases of the battle. The initial day studied what happened when the Germans attacked two green infantry divisions, the 99th and the 106th The second day of the staff ride looked at Gen. Hasso von Manteuffels 5th Panzer Armys push to take St. Vith and beyond, and at the American reaction to this offensive The final day of the ride addressed the role of British divisions holding the crossing of the Meuse at the tip of the Bulge and Allied counter-attack Commanders have to look ahead, and consider not just what they expect, but also what a thinking enemy might do. They must be prepared to stop enemy initiatives before they become too dangerous. When the unexpected happens, they must act quickly and creatively. Maximum force must be applied in the proper place to achieve the desired goals. Those goals must be crystal clear. Soldiers have to be trained, supplied and led properly. With these prerequisites the soldiers of a democracy cannot be defeated Staff rides are one of many training techniques that have wide applicability. Properly done, like all training, they address not only past successes and deficiencies, but also current and future problems. USAREURs recent rides have focussed on learning and reinforcing operational lessons unique to senior officers. They are experts in the tactics of their profession, but in many cases are building proficiency at the operational and strategic levels of war. This staff ride, with a higher focus for both American and German forces, allowed the participants to reflect on and polish their skills for conducting war in the 21st Century3 Staff riding (the compound verb is a logical one!) has extended in the USAF to the concept of the Air Ride, evolved as a counterpoint to the purely land-based traditional Staff Ride4. process, too. Other government agencies can benefit directly from the

For example, in 2005 the US National Security Agency (NSA)

announced that it was planning to take its senior leadership on a staff ride to Antietam, the object for them was: to learn how intelligenceboth very good and very badplayed a central role in shaping the way Gen. McClellan maneuvered the Army of the Potomac. And by understanding how McClellan interacted with his intelligence leaders (Pinkerton detectives hired by the Union forces), the


Footsteps Across Time: Conclusions and Recommendations NSAs future leaders will gain some valuable insights into issues that still challenge intelligence professionals and commanders today 5

A US battalion-sized logistics command, the Area Support Tam-Livorno (AST-L) 6 based in Italy, undertook a four-day staff ride of Tunisia in February 2000, with two objectives. The first, noted the ALMC Journal, was to study the logistics of Operation TORCH, focusing on the final months of the campaign that ended in northern Tunisia in May 1943. The secondwas to build unit cohesion and camaraderie, while exposing officers to an area of the world in which they may have to conduct logistics operations somedayThe staff ride was conducted in two phasesIn the first, the AST-L commander presented intense training[which] included an overview of the logistics perspectives of conducting an operation on North African terrain, a map exercise to familiarize the officers with the terrain they would encounter, and classes on Arab culture and some basic Arab words and phrases 7

The second phase was the actual ride; the conduct of which followed the aspirations of a model staff ride: some officers were assigned to rle-play the key Operation TORCH players such as Eisenhower, Patton and Rommel [Other] officerswere each assigned a certain area of the battlefield on which to give a 30-minute class on that areas logistics importanceOn the final day of the staff ride, the officers gatheredto review the logistics lessons learnedand conduct an after-action review 8

Thus, it can be seen that some units work hard at integrating a battlefield excursion into their operational rle, as well as making them totally interactive, reflecting one of the staff rides fundamental aims, which is ongoing professional development. Support for the battlefield visiting concept varies from considering

such activities as key to an officers preparation for war via a perception that they are a nice-to-have facility if the training budget can be stretched to the dismissive conclusion that they degenerate into an officers jolly overseas, with more emphasis on the bottle than the battle. In this authors experience some military battlefield


Footsteps Across Time: Conclusions and Recommendations visits have certainly proved they are in the first category, whilst occasionally, some have strayed into the last. The specific military purposes of officers staff college-

type battlefield visits are several, but usually focus on gaining an awareness of campaign planning, drafting orders, writing estimates and appreciations and studying decision-making at the operational level of war. Unit or formation all-ranks

battlefield visits have other aspirations besides these, including studies of leadership. Battlefield visits can also demonstrate the realities of executing beautifully-crafted plans (and watching them crumble on first contact with the enemy), and uncover past examples of the long screwdriver of political pressure making its unwelcome appearance on the battlefield.

The fact that military service, either in war or through peacetime conscription, has faded into a distant, painless memory (the last UK conscripts completed their service in 1962) may also have prompted a growth in civilian battlefield visiting and renewed interest in military history. Battlefields are perhaps more comfortable

places for civilians to visit, when the recollection of their own compulsory military service has dimmed and the likelihood of their having to don uniform at some stage in the future for another war, fades. This author has also encountered numerous cases of relatives accompanying a veteran on a last visit to his battlefield, where there is an opportunity to pass thoughts and observations down through the generations, prompted by a need to confront a painful episode buried in the past.9

The American and German Experience. As both the USA and Germany have also seen a growth in civilian battlefield visiting, is the same true in those countries as well? It can be argued that as US


Footsteps Across Time: Conclusions and Recommendations conscription (the draft) ended in 1973, American civilians were probably ready to confront battlefields and military history a decade later (and, indeed, battlefield tours to Vietnam are now being advertised). In Germany, conscription is limited to nine

months military or society service, and a relatively small proportion actually serve in a uniformed organisation. Arguably a whole generation has passed since the Nazi

era, and as the Bundeswehr has just celebrated its 50th birthday (2005), perhaps German civilians also are more comfortable about military history and battlefields. Indeed, on many occasions, this author has met German veterans and their families conducting their own battlefield tours.10 It is noticeable, however, that the two world wars have also created national agendas for visiting battlefields. Whereas the

battlegrounds of the Napoleonic, Crimean, Franco-Prussian and Zulu wars attract enthusiasts of military history from all nations, this author has witnessed a tendency for tourists to visit the world war battlefields connected only with their own nation. Therefore, it is rare to find Americans on the old Western Front, apart from the Belleau Wood, Meuse-Argonne and St Mihiel sectors; Verdun, the Marne or Chemin des Dames are not popular destinations for Britons (compared with the Somme); Arnhem is not frequented by Americans, nor the Hrtgen Forest by the British. Canadians will visit Normandy and Ypres, but not usually Dunkirk; this may have more to do with marketing and successful tourist strategies. Conversely, Bastogne

(with which British forces had no connection in 1944-5) is probably visited by as many Englishmen as Americans (again, branding may have a rle to play here).


Footsteps Across Time: Conclusions and Recommendations Military Periodicals. The periodicals and journals of military formations (which are themselves a relatively recent innovation) also help track the rise of military battlefield excursions. The Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) has held annual tours, usually at the staff ride level (although the correspondents to the journal confuse the terminology with that of a battlefield tour). series of staff rides, A one correspondent to their journal wrote of the 2003

The ARRCADE BUGLE group of exercises comprises 3 battlefield tours [sic], aimed at ACOS level and below, which are designed to improve the effectiveness of ARRC staff officers through the study of relevant historical conflicts Given the nature and range of possible operations in which HQ ARRC may be involved at the higher end of the spectrum of conflict, the aim and objectives of ARRCADE BUGLE 2 were particularly relevantTo study and tour the transition from Sitzkrieg to Blitzkrieg during OP. SICHEL-SCHNITT by examining the German crossing of the river Meusewhich led to the evacuation of the BEF11 Ex. ARRCADE BUGLE 1, held prior to the Meuse tour, had been designed to study and tour a WW2 campaign at the Corps and Amy level in order to prepare HQ ARRC junior officers for operations and exercises.12 More usually staff rides

have confirmed the lessons learned on exercises, but this reversal (preparation for exercises) underlines the utility of the activity. Stressing the staff ride formula of

pre-tour briefings and outlining the stand management, the writer continued,

the exercise began with a number of presentations. While the briefings focused on the combat operations around the Scheldt, the emphasis was on the strategic importance of the port itself and the actions leading up to the battles which would determine the course of the allied campaignThe ride consisted of nine stands and took place in Belgium and the Netherlands. Each stand had a similar format; a strategic overview; the detailed tactical picture and then, at different stages, specialist points of view were added. Contributions came from the Engineer Branch, G2, G6, Combat Support and Combat Service Support, Fire Coord, AOCC, and SFEx. ARRCADE BUGLE 1provided an insight to the complex tasks of organising multi service,


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British battlefield visiting today. The Army Staff College, latterly (since 1997) the Joint Services Command and Staff College, gradually introduced a single days marathon battlefield tour to Normandy for the whole course (air, land and maritime components) encompassing seven stands and geared to the operational level. Students remained in their

syndicates, which were then grouped together and these larger groups rotated through the various stands (these changed between 1998-2004 but incorporated Pegasus Bridge, Omaha, Gold and Sword beaches, Arromanches and in some years Juno or Utah). An element of a hybrid staff ride/battlefield tour was introduced in 2004, with students (in the manner of the HCSC) giving limited presentations at the stands, with narrative assistance from the College historians, but the tour remained focussed on the assault and breakout phases.14 With the ten-month revised Advanced

Command and Staff Course (ACSC) for lieutenant-colonels, a new-style tour was introduced in 2006, much closer to the Staff Ride model discussed in Chapter Two, where students present by syndicates (led by DS) at stands incorporating Pegasus Bridge, the German strongpoint at Hillman (see Map 14), Sword, Juno and Omaha beaches, and an RAF airfield. Throughout, there is an effort to link the events of

1944, as seen through the stands, to the present and to operational campaign planning tools. 15

This is still regarded as in the past as the highlight of the course, and takes place in the summer, on the heels of the Realities of War package; critics observe that it is hampered by a lack of preparation (there is a single study day beforehand)


Footsteps Across Time: Conclusions and Recommendations and a lack of cohesion. Syndicates start at different stands, so chronology is lost, and are engaged only at the stand where they are presenting, and merely spectate for the rest.16 This clearly loses some of the advantages of the various educational theories outlined in Chapter One. For example, the impact of Kolbs Experiential Learning

Cycle is not fully realised, nor Vygotskys Zone of Proximal Development, where students learn from each other through discussion. Thus, students may be

encouraged to adopt Marton and Entwistles Surface learning approach, rather than their deep or strategic versions.

Each new Intermediate Command and Staff Course (Land) an intake of approximately 200 majors per 26-week course undertakes a five-day study tour of Op. MARKET GARDEN, focused on Arnhem, and mounted on bicycles. This

method of conveyance (whilst appropriate and practical in Henry Wilsons day) provides logistical and Heath and Safety challenges of its own; led by Staff College historians, this inevitably (due to the nature of the battles), focuses more on tactical than operational lessons, but there is also a clear attempt to foster an interest in military history, as also with the ACSC and HCSC. A tradition has emerged for

ICSC and ACSC staff to also mount their own tours (usually called staff rides), for example the Naval Staff on the ICSC (Maritime) undertake a very professional staff ride, following a routine for each stand of four elements: orientation; historians narrative; student paper and pull-through to the present; general discussion, and each day is concluded by a summary phase, as is the whole tour.17 This, with the

continued HCSC staff ride, seems closest to the ideal Robertson Staff Ride model, examined in Chapter Two. The RAF are beginning to mount their tours, usually

labelled Ex. TALLY HO!, steered by the very pro-active Air Historical Branch


Footsteps Across Time: Conclusions and Recommendations (AHB), and the Army Training Regiments and RMA Sandhurst also mount battlefield tours (see Chapter One) for soldier and officer recruits.

Thus, whilst the number of battlefield visits mounted by training establishments, formations and units is at an all-time high, there could be a tendency to confuse activity with achievement. A particular weakness of British military

battlefield visiting in that there is no central direction of how to mount them, which speakers to use, or templates to use directives from LAND or the repository of the Joint Lessons Cell (formerly TDRC) are passive in this respect. For example, the

Army Training Regiments and the Army Apprentices College at Harrogate use commercial organisations - who bring their own (distinguished) speakers - to run their tours; the Staff College (HCSC, ACSC and ICSC) tours use the College historians (not all of whom are talented battlefield guides); whilst the RAF appear to run Ex. TALLY HO! in complete isolation to the rest of the rest of the military community. So whilst the quantity is pleasing, the quality and therefore value for money may, indeed, be highly variable. This gives rise to another reason for concern, which is

that there is no routine (let alone compulsory) educational validation of battlefield visits - apart from those of the HCSC the author referred to in Chapter One - so it is difficult to assess their value across the defence community.

Gaps in Knowledge. This thesis had addressed several gaps in the institutional knowledge of British military battlefield visits, which no one has attempted to study before. It has identified a whole new range of primary source material in the Staff College Battlefield Tour Archive (not all of which is yet catalogued) that, hitherto, researchers


Footsteps Across Time: Conclusions and Recommendations (to the knowledge of this author) have not studied. It has shown that battlefield visits can reflect changes in military doctrine (the Bagnall reforms, for example) and can be used for a variety of purposes, influenced by bigger-issue agendas (such as cooperation with an ally, testing potential war plans, confirming the reputation of a commander, or reinforcing Joint doctrine). It has identified that fact that the

terminology of battlefield visiting is confusing (some might observe in the staff ride, misleading) and is probably in need of reform. It has identified that tours have

disappeared, been rediscovered and reinvented; British battlefield visits have had a remarkably chequered history, not least because of defence budgetary crises, and occasionally have been cut altogether. Yet, they have always managed to re-invent themselves and have existed under a variety of different guises, with radically different aims. In the inter-war period they were not only used as a means by which quite junior officers might discover the chaos and confusion of earlier wars themselves, or understanding how terrain has moulded decisions, but were used also to test hypothetical military operations (as with the German General Staff before the First World War encapsulated in the whole debate around Terence Zubers thesis or the Dempsey syndicate tour to East Prussia in 1931) or to understand and assess allies (as in tours to France and Belgium), or to give officers experience in researching, running and guiding a battlefield tour themselves (in 1938-9). After the Second World War, tours have performed a variety of functions, including writing a draft of British military history (Richard Hulls Camberley tours of 1947), confirming Montgomerys reputation, passing-down institutional knowledge to another generation of Royal Engineers leaders, explaining the challenges of leadership at all levels, understanding the nature of Joint operations or bringing the atmosphere of war to generations who had not experienced this.


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This thesis has identified a general recognition by students of the value of battlefield visiting, and has uncovered surprisingly little criticism of them (the two cases identified were both, as it happens, by senior airmen). It has also examined the tendency of battles to repeat themselves in several geographic locations, moulded by the terrain and the confluence of opposing cultures (the Fatal Avenue of North West France and Edirne have been cited, to which one might add Yugoslavia, Sevastopol, Mesopotamia and Afghanistan). This provides an additional justification for

examining past encounters in these areas.

This thesis was also written at a time when the general popularity of military history has increased enormously, as witnessed by the number of new books available, documentaries on the History and Discovery TV channels, widely celebrated military anniversaries, frequent references to military history and leaders in the media and the widespread marketing of battlefield tours for civilians, which is reflected in the British militarys new-found love of history and battlefield visiting. This may be explained partly by the fact that Britain is currently at war (in Iraq and Afghanistan) in a manner unknown since Korea, as well as a move towards world war history projects in the current GCSE secondary schools curriculum.

In Chapter One this thesis set out to identify how we learn and concluded that, valuable though the learning theories developed in the last quarter-century are, for the most part they have been ignored by the military community (and military history lecturers of a certain age), through ignorance. It is important to realise that these

theories are not only beneficial, but that the rest of the educational community and


Footsteps Across Time: Conclusions and Recommendations most industrial and commercial leadership training has taken note and builds on them. Then there is the (less tangible) observation of Richard Holmes, that there is a dynamic on the ground that you dont get in the classroom.18

In Chapter Twos typology of battlefield visiting, this thesis concluded that there were many different ways to visit a battlefield, dependent on the professionalism of the audience and their purpose. Of the different forms of battle terrain exploration, the military commonly undertake (predominantly) passive battlefield tours or more proactive staff rides, but even this terminology has been misleading and confusing. With more general awareness of the educational theories identified, training on battlefields could benefit by being more participative and less passive, but this depends of the learning outcome desired (usually defined as commanders intent). Often units are capable of mounting a staff ride, but set their fence too low and merely aim for a battlefield tour.

Over the remaining chapters, this thesis has identified how battlefield tours and staff rides have evolved, primarily in the British Army at its Camberley Staff College (being the most consistent sponsor of them), but also in other countries as well. Initially, they leant very heavily on the civilian traditions associated with the

growth of tourism in the Nineteenth Century, and established by tourists visiting Waterloo and Gettysburg, and later the Western Front. Package tours by Thomas

Cook (and his descendents like Holts Battlefield Tours) have played a huge part in this. Battlefield visiting is still capable of achieving a wide range of challenging

objectives, but frequently today, none of them are attempted.


Footsteps Across Time: Conclusions and Recommendations For most of the period examined, British battlefield visits, foreign tours, staff rides whatever they were called were content to cover only the tactical level of war. The Imperial Defence College tours in the inter-war years offered great

potential (but, one suspects, their full utility was not exploited by Gen. MontgomeryMassingberd). Rarely was the operational level (if that term was even understood)

examined, and in consequence tours had a habit every few years of drifting back into the tactical weeds. Interesting and satisfying though those weeds may have

been to examine, it has always left the battlefield tour vulnerable to closure and being moved indoors to the classroom. This drift is probably natural, as scripts and

details are passed between individuals, who work to the lowest common denominator of personal understanding. The full essence of being out of doors and letting the terrain speak for itself can easily get bypassed by the speakers (whether veterans or historians) enthralling audiences with exciting tales of deeds past. The

major utility of battlefield visits should be what they can tell us about the nature of war today and tomorrow, not the moribund campaign details of yesteryear (as Sir John Slessors quote at the start of this Chapter observes). Some enlightened

commanders from the past and present have realised this, but the temptation may be to stay within the comfort zone and concentrate on what one knows best often what one leaned first which usually means the tactical level.

Finally, this thesis has shown that the higher the aim for a battlefield visit and the more interactive the nature of the exercise, then the more beneficial the process can be to any audience, and that it is possible to adjust ones sights from battlefield tour towards staff ride (or, indeed, in the other direction) by means of a metaphorical cursor (as illustrated in Figure 2.10 of Chapter Two, p.105). Higher, more advanced


Footsteps Across Time: Conclusions and Recommendations learning outcomes for tours exploit many of the educational advantages identified in the Chapter One and may play a part in giving battlefield visits a firmer future in this era when all armed forces are trying to extract the utmost value for money. Failure to raise ambitions for battlefield visits will result in missed opportunities and the same historical cycle of growth, expansion, contraction and termination.

Recommendations. The unique value of military battlefield visiting needs to be further studied in terms of its educational value. In due course, this should provide concrete, statistical justification for the process, rather than intuition and gut reaction that this is a good thing. Questionnaires for all battlefield visiting activities should be made compulsory and organised to a common standard in order to provide accurate empirical evidence to support educational validation. It is significant that during the many years of

research for this thesis no one in the defence community was ever able to tell this author how many battlefield visits were undertaken in any given year or period. Details of all tours need to be compiled at a central, accessible database, for guidance on best practice and to provide a template for a model tour. This is

currently done to a limited extent by the Joint Lessons Cell at Shrivenham, but this is not compulsory and not their primary function. Post-tour reports are as important as the tour itself, and a confirmation that learning objectives have been met (see Chapter Two). compulsory and lodged at a central, accessible database. There is much to commend further academic and military study of the Battlefield Tour Archive in the JSCSC Library, with much primary source material These should be made


Footsteps Across Time: Conclusions and Recommendations collected in 1947 on the Second World War battles, and interesting material collected about First World War battles during the inter-war period. However a huge amount of incalculable value was lost during the weeding in the 1920s under Fuller, and subsequently. It is recommended that a full set of the extant Staff College archives be copied and transferred also to the National Archives, Kew, beyond the grasp of tidy-minded Commandants, for safe keeping in the national interest, and that this process be continued on an annual basis hereafter.

Wg Cdr. JC Slessor, Air Power and Armies (Oxford: University Press 1936), Introduction. James B. Martin, 2nd COSCOM Staff Ride Teaches History, article in Ordnance Magazine, May 1990, pp. 54-56. 3 See Dr. Andrew N Morris, Office of the USAREUR Historian, Attaining Maturity: the US Army and the northern shoulder of the Bulge, article in EURArmy Journal, Volume 2, Issue 1 (Winter 2005-6), pp. 32-6. 4 Participants on an Air Ride study the planning of an actual historic (usually World War 2) mission, visit the departure point (if possible), and then fly the mission, if practicable. They then visit the target area and study concepts such as battlefield damage assessment, using original materials. Logistics of temporary wartime airbases and the German V-weapons programme are also discussed. 5 Col. William J. Williams, USAF, Making History Relevant for the Intelligence Community, article in Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) Newsletter, December 2005 (, accessed 27 July 2006. 6 The Area Support Team Livorno is based at Camp Darby, on the west coast of Italy, near Livorno and Pisa. It is part of 22/Area Support Group (ASG), based in Vicenza. Its mission is to provide a logistics platform for US forces in the Mediterranean, Balkan and North Africa. The base dates from 1944, when it was constructed to support operations in northern Italy. In 2000 AST-L was commanded by Maj. Thomas D. Little, the staff ride director. 7 Maj. Thomas D. Little, Logistics Staff Ride to Tunisia article in the ALMC Journal, May-June 2001. 8 Ibid. 9 This is how Steven Spielbergs movie Saving Private Ryan (1998) opens, with the fictional Ryan returning to Normandy with his family, then recalling his war service there in June 1944. 10 In Northern France (April 1995), the Ardennes (June 1995 and March 2005) Salerno (October 2000), at Monte Cassino (October 2002) and in Normandy on numerous occasions. 11 Capt. Tim Mason, RLC, EX. ARRCADE BUGLE 2 THE 2ND BATTLE OF SEDAN, article in the HQ ARRC Journal, Summer 2003. 12 Ibid. 13 Maj. Wayne Thomas, SO2 NBC, Doctrine and Development: EX. ARRCADE BUGLE 1, article in the HQ ARRC Journal, Summer 2003. 14 Interview with Dr. David Hall, JSCSC, 22 October 2007. 15 Ibid. 16 Ibid. 17 Ibid. 18 Interview 18 October 2007.
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Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources The practical value of history is to throw the film of the past through the material projector of the present on to the screen of the future. Basil Liddell Hart 1





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Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Junger, Ernst, [in German: In Stahlgewittern] The Storm of Steel. From the Diary of a German Storm-Troop Officer on the Western Front (London: Chatto and Windus 1929). Junger, Ernst, [in German: Das Wldchen 125] Copse 125. A Chronicle from the Trench Warfare of 1918 (London: Chatto and Windus 1930). Lintier, Paul, My Seventy-Five; Journal of a French Gunner (London: Peter Davies, 1st English Edition 1929). Luck, Hans von, Panzer Commander (New York: Praeger 1989). Macdonald, Brig. Peter, Corners of My Mind, (Bristol: Petmac Publications 1998). Le Marchant, Denis, Esq., Memoirs of the Late Maj-Gen. Le Marchant (London: Spellmount 1997). Marshall-Cornwall, James, Wars and Rumours of Wars (London: Leo Cooper 1984). Meyer, Kurt, Grenadiers, (Canada: JJ Fedorowicz 1994). Montgomery, FM Sir Bernard, Forward To Victory (London: Hutchinson 1945). Montgomery, FM Lord, Forward From Victory (London: Hutchinson 1948). Morgan, Sir Frederick, Prelude to Overlord (London: Hodder and Stoughton 1950). Mottram, R.H., Easton, John and Patridge, Eric, Three Personal Records of the War (London: The Scholartis Press 1929). Patton, George S, War As I Knew It (New York: Houghton Mifflin 1947). Poett, Gen. Sir Nigel, Pure Poett (London: Leo Cooper 1991). Popplewell, Joyce, (ed.), A Gloucestershire Diarist: Lt-Col. AB Lloyd Baker of Hardwicke Court: The Early Years 1897-1919 (Gloucester: Thornhill Press 1993). Potts, CL, Gordon & Michael: A Memoir (Privately printed by CL Potts: 1940). Robertson, FM Sir William, Bt., From Private to Field-Marshal (London: Constable 1921). Rogerson, Sidney, Twelve Days: A Memoir of the Trenches, November 1916, (London: Arthur Baker 1933). Rommel, Erwin, Infantry Attacks. With a New Introduction by Manfred Rommel (London: Greenhill Books 1990) [originally published as Infanterie greift an: Erlebnisse und Erfahrungen (Potsdam: Ludwig Voggenreiter Verlag 1937)] Sheffield, Prof. Gary and Bourne, Dr. John, (eds.), Douglas Haig Letters and Diaries 1914-18 (London: Orion 2005) Slessor, Sir John, The Central Blue: Recollections and Reflections (London: Cassell and Co, 1956). -488-

Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Slim, FM Sir William, Defeat Into Victory (London: Reprint Society 1956). Smyth, Sir John, VC, Milestones (London; Sidgwick and Jackson 1979). Spears, Brig-Gen. Edward Louis, Liaison 1914: A Narrative of the Great Retreat (London: Heinemann 1930). Spears, Maj-Gen. Sir Edward, The Picnic Basket (London: Secker & Warburg 1967). Wedemeyer, Gen. AC, Wedemeyer Reports! (New York: Henry Holt and Co. 1958). SECONDARY SOURCES 4. 4.1. Published Secondary Sources Books Education

Anon (author not cited), National Strategy Key Stage 3: Learning Styles and Writing in Modern Foreign Languages (London: Department for Education and Skills (DfES) 2002). Adair, John, Effective Teambuilding (London: Gower Press 1986). Adair, John, How to Grow Leaders (London: Kogan Page 2005). Arghavan, LA, Executive Level Team Building (Santa Monica: Rand 1994). Bennett, Neville & Dunne, Elisabeth, How Children Learn; Implications for Practice, Chapter 6 in Teaching and Learning in the Secondary School (ed.) Moon, Bob and Mayes, Ann Shelton (London: Routledge-Falmer/The Open University 1995). Bennett, Neville and Dunne, Elizabeth, Talking and Learning in Groups (London: Routledge 1994). Bennett, Neville and Carr, Clive, Learning to Teach (London: Routledge 1993). Borzak, L, (ed.), Field Study: A Source book For Experiential Learning (Beverley Hills: Sage Publications 1981). Boud, D. and Miller, N, (eds.), Working with Experience: Animating Learning (London: Routledge 1997). Boud, D., (ed.), Reflection: Turning Experience into Learning (London: Kogan Page 1985). Bowden, J. & Marton, F., The University of Learning (London: Kogan Page 1998). Bruner, Jerome, Actual Minds, Possible Worlds (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press 1986).


Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Driscoll, Marcy P., The Psychology of Learning for Instruction (Needham Heights, Massachusetts: Allyn and Bacon Inc., 1994; revised edition 2005). Ellis, Viv, (ed.), Learning and Teaching in Secondary Schools (Exeter: Learning Matters 2007). Elton, GR, The Practice of History (London: HarperCollins 1987, original edition 1967). Entwistle, Noel, Understanding Classroom Learning (London: Hodder and Stoughton 1987). Entwistle, N., Improving Teaching Through Research in Student Learning, in Forest, JJF, (ed.), University Teaching: International Perspectives (New York: Garland Publishing 1998). Entwistle, N., Concepts and Conceptual Frameworks Underpinning the ETL Project (ETL Occasional Reports No. 3, 2003). Entwistle, N., Nisbet, JB, and Bromage, A., Teaching-Learning Environments and Student Learning in Electronic Engineering (Brugge: 2004). Fraser, W., Learning From Experience: Empowerment or Incorporation (Leicester: National Institute of Adult Continuing Education 1995). Gardiner, Juliet (ed.), What is History Today? (London: Macmillan 1988), especially Chapter 1, What is Military History? with essays by Michael Howard, Brian Bond, JCA Stagg, David Chandler, Geoffrey Best and John Terraine. Gardner, Howard, Frames of Mind: Theories of Multiple Intelligences (London: Fontana 1983). Gardner, Howard, The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, in Teaching and Learning in the Secondary School, (ed.) Bob Moon and Ann Shelton Mayes (London: Routledge-Falmer/The Open University 1995). Gerstein, Daniel M., Leading at the Speed of Light (Washington DC: Potomac Books 2006). Groebel, Jo, and Hinde, Robert A, Aggression and War (Cambridge: University Press 1989). Handlin, Oscar, Truth In History (Harvard: University Press 1979). Honey, Peter and Mumford, Alan, Manual of Learning Styles (Peter Honey Publications: November 1982). Honey, Peter and Mumford, Alan, The Learning Styles Questionnaire: 80 Item Version (Peter Honey Publications: 2000). -490-

Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Jarvis, P., Adult Learning in the Social Context (London: Croom Helm 1987). Jarvis, P., Adult and Continuing Education: Theory and Practice (London: Routledge 1995). Jordanova, Ludmilla, History in Practice (London: Arnold/Hodder Headline 2000). Kitchin, Gary D., Learning and Learning Styles, chapter in Viv Ellis (ed.), Learning and Teaching in Secondary Schools (Exeter: Learning Matters 2002). Kitzmann, Andreas, Mithander, Conny and Sundholm, John (eds.), Memory Work: The Theory and Practice of Memory (New York: Peter Lang 2005). Kolb, DA, Learning Style Inventory: A Technical Manual (Boston, Massachusetts: McBer and Co. 1976). Kolb, DA and Fry, R., Toward an Applied Theory of Experiential Learning, in C Cooper (ed.), Theories of Group Process (London: John Wiley 1975). Kolb,DA, Experiential Learning (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall 1984). Kolb, DA, Learning Styles and Disciplinary Differences in AW Chickering (ed.), The Modern American College (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass 1981). Kolb, DA, (with J Osland and I Rubin), The Organisational Behaviour Reader (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall 1995). Kolb, DA, Experiential Learning Theory Bibliography 1971-2001 (Boston, Massachusetts: McBer 2001). Kyriacou, Chris, Essential Teaching Skills (Cheltenham: Nelson Thornes 1998). Kyriacou, Chris, Effective Teaching in Schools: Theory and Practice (Cheltenham: Nelson Thornes 1997). Marlowe, BA and Page, ML, Creating and Sustaining a Constructivist Classroom, (Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications 1998, 2nd Edition Corwin Press 2005). Marton F., and Slj, R. Approaches to Learning, in F. Marton, D. J. Hounsell and N. Entwistle, (Eds.), The Experience of Learning (Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press, 2nd edition 1997). Marwick, Arthur, The Nature of History (London: Macmillan 1989). Plumb, JH, The Death of the Past (London: Macmillan 1969). Rieber, RW and Carton, AS, (eds.), The Collected Works of L.S. Vygotsky, Volume One, incorporating Thinking and Speech (New York: Springer 1987). Rogers, Alan, This Was Their World: Approaches to Local History (London: BBC Books 1972).


Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Vygotsky, Lev, Mind in Society: The Development of Higher Psychological Processes (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press 1978). Vygotsky, Lev, Thought and Language (MIT Press: 1962; new edition 1986) Weil, S Warner, and McGill, I., (eds.) Making Sense of Experiential Learning: Diversity in Theory and Practice (Milton Keynes: The Open University Press 1989). 4.2 Military Education

Bassford, Christopher, Clausewitz in English: The Reception of Clausewitz in Britain and America, 1815-1945 (Oxford: University Press 1994). Bellamy, Chris, The Future of Land Warfare (London: Croom Helm 1987). Bond, Brian, The Victorian Army and the Staff College, 1854-1914, (London: Eyre Methuen 1972). Brereton, T.R., Educating the US Army: Arthur L. Wagner and Reform, 1875-1905 (Nebraska: University Press 2000). Callwell, Col. CE, Small Wars: Their Principles and Practice (London: HMSO 1896, new edition University of Nebraska Press 1996). Clemente, Steven E., For King and Kaiser! The Making of a Prussian Army Officer 1869-1914 (Westport, CT: Greenwood 1985). Clausewitz, Carl von, On War, translated by Michael Howard and Peter Paret (Princeton: University Press 1976). Creveld, Martin van, The Training of Officers: From Military Professionalism to Irrelevance (New York: Free Press/Macmillan 1990). Foley, Robert T., Alfred von Schlieffens Military Writings (London: Frank Cass 2003). JFC Fuller, Col., The Reformation of War (London: Hutchinson 1923). Godwin-Austen, Maj. AR, The Staff and the Staff College (London: Constable 1927). Gordon, Harold J., The Reichswehr and the German Republic (Princeton, NJ: University Press 1957). Grlitz, Walter, History of the German General Staff 1657-1945, translated by Brian Battershaw (New York: Praeger, 19590; original German edition, Der Deutsche Generalstab (Frankfurt am Main: Verlag der Frankfurter Hefte, 1952). Gray, Col. Wilbur, Playing War: the Applicability of Commercial Conflict Simulations to Military Intelligence Planning and Education (DIA Joint Military Intelligence College, Bolling AFB 1995).


Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Haig, Douglas, Cavalry Studies: Strategic and Tactical (London: Hugh Rees 1907). Hart, Capt. BH Liddell, Thoughts On War (1st edition London: Faber 1944; reprinted London: Spellmount 1999). Henderson, Brevet-Maj. GFR, The Campaign of Fredericksburg, NovemberDecember 1862: A Study for Officers of Volunteers (London: K. Paul, Trench, and Company 1886). Henderson, Brevet-Maj. GFR, The Battle of Spicheren August 6th 1870, and Events that Preceded it: a Study in Practical Tactics and War Training (Chatham: Gale and Polden 1891; re-issued in 2006 by Helion and Company Ltd). Henderson, Col. GFR, CB, The Science of War, Edited by Captain Neill Malcolm with a Memoir of the Author by FM Earl Roberts, VC (London: Longmans, Green and Co. 1905). Hittle, Brig-Gen. JD, The Military Staff: Its History and Development (Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Press 1961). Holien, Kim, Gettysburg Battlefield: an Army Interest Well After Civil War, by Fort Myer Military Community (FMMC) Historian, (Fort Myer Military Community 2003). Kennedy, Gregory C and Neilson, Keith (Eds.) Military Education: Past, Present and Future (London: Praeger 2002). Luvaas, Jay, The Education of an Army: British Military Thought 1815-1940 (University of Chicago Press/Cassell and Co 1964). Luvaas, Jay and Nelson, Harold W., The US Army War College Guide to the Battle of Gettysburg (Kansas: University Press 1986). Luvaas, Jay and Nelson, Harold W., The US Army War College Guide to the Battle of Antietam (Kansas: University Press 1987). Luvaas, Jay and Nelson, Harold W., The US Army War College Guide to the Battles of Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg (Kansas: University Press 1994). Model, Hans Georg, Der Deutsche Generalstabsoffizier: Seine Auswahl und Ausbildung in Reichswehr, Wehrmacht und Bundeswehr (Frankfurt am Main: Bernard & Graefe Verlag 1968) [The German general staff officer: his selection and education in the Reichswehr, Wehrmacht and Bundeswehr]. Murray, Williamson and Sinnreich, Richard Hart (eds.) The Past as Prologue: The Importance of History to the Military Profession (Cambridge: University Press 2006).


Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Moltkes Generalstabsreisen aus Den Jahren 1858 bis 1869 (Berlin: Mittler 1906). [Moltkes General Staff Ride Journeys during the years 1858-1869], with a separately bound portfolio containing maps. Moltkes Tactical Problems from 1858 to 1882, edited by the Prussian Grand General Staff, translated by Karl von Donat (London: Hugh Rees Ltd 1903). Paret, Peter, Clausewitz and the State (Oxford: University Press 1976). Paret, Peter (ed.), Makers of Modern Strategy: From Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age (Princeton: University Press 1986). Ralston, David B., Importing the European Army: The Introduction of European Military Techniques and Institutions to the Extra-European World, 1600-1914 (Chicago: University Press 1990). Reardon, Carol, Soldiers and Scholars: The US Army and the Uses of Military History 1865-1920, (University of Kansas Press 1990). Rosinski, Herbert, The German Army (London: Pall Mall Press 1966). Slessor, Wg Cdr. JC, Air Power and Armies (Oxford: University Press 1936). Spires, David N., Image and Reality, The Making of a German Officer 1921-1933 (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press 1984). Stephens, MD, (ed.), The Educating of Armies (London: Macmillan 1989). Wallach, Jehuda, The Dogma of the Battle of Annihilation: the Theories of Clausewitz and Schlieffen and Their Impact on the German Conduct of the Two World Wars (Westport Connecticut: Greenwood Press 1986). Wells, HG, Little Wars (London: Frank Palmer 1913). Early text on war-gaming. Wilkinson, Spencer, In the Brain of an Army: A Popular Account of the German General Staff (Westminster: A. Constable 1895). Wilson, Andrew, War Gaming, (London: Pelican books 1970), first published as The Computer and the Bomb (1968). Young, Lt-Col. FW, The Story of the Staff College 1858-1958 (Camberley: The Staff College 1958). 4.3. Battlefield and General Tourism, including Travel Guides

Allcock, John B., International Tourism and the Appropriation of History in the Balkans, chapter in Marie-Francoise Lanfant, John B. Allcock, and Edward M. Bruner, (eds.), International Tourism: Identity and Change (London: Sage Publishing 1995).


Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Baedekers Belgium and Holland, including the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg: Handbook for Travellers, First edition (Leipsic: Karl Baedeker; London: Dulau and Co. 1869). Baedekers The United States with an Excursion into Mexico: Handbook for Travellers, First edition (Leipsic: Karl Baedeker/New York: Scribner 1893). Barton, Susan, Working-Class Organisations and Popular Tourism, 1840-1970 (Manchester: University Press 2005). Bender, Barbara and Winer, Margot (eds.), Contested Landscapes: Movement, Exile and Place (Oxford and New York: Berg 2001). Cook, Thos. and Son, How to see Paris and the Battlefields, Automobile Tours Organised by Thos. Cook & Son (Paris: Season 1921). Cook, Thos. and Son, Motor Tours, Paris & environs, & the Battlefields (Paris: July 1928). Gordon, Maj. Pryse Lockhart, A Companion for the Visitor at Brussels with Notes of a Tour in Italy (London: Hunt and Clarke 1828). Guildford Battleground Company Guidebook (Guildford, NC: 2001). Harrison, C.W. Francis, Natal: An Illustrated Official Railway Guide & Handbook of General Information (Payne Jennings 1903). Haywood, Les; Kew, Francis; Bramham, Peter; Spink, John; Capenerhurst, John, & Henry, Ian, Understanding Leisure (Cheltenham: Stanley Thornes, 2nd Edition 1995). Howell, James, Instructions for Forreine Travell. Shewing by What Cours, and in

What Compasse of Time, One may Take an Exact Survey of the Kingdomes and States of Christendome, and Arrive to the Practicall Knowledge of the Languages, to Good Purpose (London: Printed by T.B. for Humphrey Mosley, 1642). Hudson, Patricia L. and Ballard, Sandra L., The Smithsonian Guide to Historic America: The Carolinas and the Appalachian States (New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang 1989). Hurt, P.A., The Guards Cemeteries, St. Etienne, Bayonne, with a Concise Narrative of the Campaign in S.W. France, Previous to & Including The Sortie from Bayonne, April 14th, 1814 (London: Bemrose 1877). Koshar, Rudy, Leisure, Consumption and Culture (Oxford and New York: Berg Publishers 2000). Lee, Ronald F., The Origin & Evolution of the National Military Park Idea, (Washington DC: US National Parks Service 1973). -495-

Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Lennon John, and Foley, Malcolm, Dark Tourism: The Attraction of Death and Disaster (London: Thomson Learning 2000). Lloyd, David W., Battlefield Tourism: Pilgrimage and Commemoration of the Great War in Britain, Australia and Canada 1919-1939 (Oxford & New York: Berg 1998). MacCannell, Dean, The Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class (London: Macmillan 1976, 2nd edition 1979). MacNaghten, Phil and Urry, John, Contested Natures (London: Sage 1998). Mancini, Marc, Conducting Tours (Clifton Park, NY: Delmar/Thompson Learning, 3rd edition 2001). Minnigh, L.W., The Battlefield of Gettysburg: How to See and Understand It; The Tourists Guide and Hand-Book With Explanatory Map And Roster of the Armies, (Gettysburg: Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association, 1888). Motten, JP Vander, James Howells Instructions for Forreine Travell (1642): The Politics of Seventeenth-Century Continental Travel, (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1997). Ousby, Ian, The Englishmans England: Taste, Travel and the Rise of Tourism (Cambridge: University Press 1990). Phillips, R. Cody, Guide to US Army Museums (Upland, PA: DIANE Publishing 1992). Rendon, Piers, Thomas Cook: 150 years of Popular Tourism, (London: Secker and Warburg 1991). Ryan, Prof. Chris (ed.), Battlefield Tourism. History, Place and Interpretation (NJ and Oxford: Elsevier Science July 2007). Scott, John, Paris revisited, in 1815, by way of Brussels; including a walk over the field of battle at Waterloo (London, Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown 1816). Shelby, Isaac, The Battle of King's Mountain (US National Parks Service reprint of April 1823 edition). Stevenson, Seth William, Journal of a tour through part of France, Flanders, and Holland, including a visit to Paris, and a walk over the field of Waterloo: made in the summer of 1816 (Norwich: printed at the Norfolk Chronicle Press, by Stevenson, Matchett, and Stevenson 1817). Svenson, Peter, Battlefield. Farming a Civil War Battleground (Baltimore, Maryland: John Hopkins University Press 1992).


Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Swinglehurst, Edmund, Cooks Tours: the Story of Popular Travel, (Poole, Dorset: Blandford Press 1982). Trowbridge, John Townsend, The South: A Tour of its Battlefields and Ruined Cities, a Journey Through the Desolated States, and Talks with the People (First published 1867 / Republished and edited by J.H. Segars: Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press 2006). Urry, John, The Tourist Gaze: Leisure and Travel in Contemporary Societies (London: Sage Publications 1990). Verdery, Katherine, The Political Lives of Dead Bodies: Reburial and Post Socialist Change (New York: Columbia University Press 1999). Warn, Sue, Recreation and Tourism (Cheltenham: Nelson Thornes 1999). Weston, Stephen, Two sketches of France, Belgium, and Spa: in two tours, during the summers of 1771 and 1816 / by the author of "Letters from Paris in 1802-3"; with a portrait of Napoleon's guide at Waterloo (London: Printed for Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, 1817). Westwood, Jennifer, On Pilgrimage: Sacred Journeys Around the World (New York: HiddenSpring Books 2002). Wiencek, Henry, The Smithsonian Guide to Historic America: Southern New England: Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island (New York: Stewart, Tabori and Chang 1989). Zenzen, Joan M., Battling for Manassas: The Fifty-Year Preservation Struggle at Manassas National Battlefield Park (PA: Penn State Press 1998). 4.4. History 1800-1900 (including Battlefield Guides)

Ascoli, David, A Day of Battle: Mars la Tour, 16 August 1870 (London: Harrap 1987). Ballard, Ted, Staff Ride Guide to the Battle of First Bull Run (Washington DC: Center of Military History US Army 2004). Batty, Capt., of the First or Grenadier Guards, An Historical Sketch of the Campaign of 1815 Illustrated by Plans of the Operations And of the Battles of Quatre Bras, Ligny and Waterloo (London: Printed for Rodwell and Martin, and W. Clarke, New Bond Street; and T. Egerton, Whitehall, Second Edition, Considerably Enlarged 1820).


Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Beckett, Ian F.W., Riflemen Form! A Study of the Rifle Volunteer Movement 18591908 (Aldershot: The Ogilby Trusts 1982). Bowyer, Robert, The Campaign of Waterloo, illustrated with engravings of Les Quatre Bras; La Belle Alliance, Hougoumont, La Haye Saint, and Other Principal Scenes of Action; Including a correct Military Plan, Together with a Grand View of the Battle on a Large Scale, Prefixed by A History of the Campaign, compiled from Official Documents and Other Authentic Sources (London: Printed for T. Bensley and Son; Fleet Street, 1816). Churchill, Winston S., A History of the English Speaking Peoples, Volume IV The Great Democracies (London: Cassell and Co. 1958). Churchill, Rt. Hon Winston S., CH, MP, Marlborough: His Life and Times, (London: Odhams, 4 volumes/New York: Charles Scribners Sons, 6 volumes, both 193338). Cotton, Edward, A Voice From Waterloo: a History of the battle Fought on the 18th of June 1815, with a Selection from the Wellington Dispatches, General Orders and Letters Relating to the Battle, Illustrated with Engravings, Portraits and Plans. (Mont-St-Jean: 1846; Numerous editions; revised edition, (ed.) Stanley Monick, Naval and Military Press, 2001). Craig, Gordon A., Kniggratz (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1965). Duffy, Christopher, Borodino and the War of 1812 (London: Seeley, Service and Co. Ltd 1972). Flanders, Judith, Consuming Passions: Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain (London: HarperCollins 2006). Giraud, PFFJ, The Campaign of Paris in 1814: To Which is Prefixed a Sketch of the Campaign of 1813; or a Brief & Impartial History of Events from the Invasion of France by Foreign Armies to the Capitulation of Paris & the Dethronement & Abdication of Buonaparte (London: Samuel Leigh 1815). Howard, Michael, The Franco-Prussian War. The German Invasion of France 18701871 (London: Rupert Hart Davies 1961; revised edition, London: Routledge 2001). Hutton, William, The battle of Bosworth field between Richard the Third and Henry, Earl of Richmond, August 22, 1485, Wherein is described the approach of both armies, with plans of the battle, its consequences, the fall, treatment and character of Richard, to which is prefixed, by way of introduction, a history of his life till he assumed the regal power, (Birmingham & London, first edition 1788, second edition 1813 and reprinted Tempus 1999). -498-

Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Lloyd, Peter A., The French Are Coming: The Invasion Scare 1803-5 (Tunbridge Wells: Spellmount 1991). McPherson James M., Hallowed Ground: A Walk at Gettysburg (New York: Crown Journeys 2003). Mffling, Baron Carl von, A Sketch of the Battle of Waterloo To Which Are added Official Despatches of Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington; Field Marshal Prince Blcher; And Reflections on the Battles of Ligny & Waterloo (Brussels: Gerard 1842). Oman, Sir Charles, A History of the Peninsular War, 7 Volumes (Oxford: University Press 1908; republished by Greenhill Books 1996). Paget, Lt-Col. Julian, Wellingtons Peninsular War. Battles and Battlefields (Barnsley: Leo Cooper 1990; new edition 1996). Roberts, Andrew, Waterloo: Napoleons Last Gamble (London: HarperCollins 2005). Ross, Lt-Col. WG, RE, Military Engineering during the Great Civil War 1642-9 (reprinted London: Ken Trotman 1985). Stofft, William A., The Staff Ride and Civil War Battlefields, chapter in Frances H Kennedy (ed.), The Civil War Battlefield Guide (Boston: Houghton Mifflin 1990). Spencer, Charles, Blenheim: Battle for Europe (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson 2004). Spiers, Edward M., The Late Victorian Army, 1868-1902 (Manchester: University Press 1992). Uffindell, Andrew, The Eagles Last Triumph. Napoleons Victory at Ligny, June 1815 (London: Greenhill 2006). Upton, Gen. Emory, The Armies of Asia and Europe, Embracing Official Reports on the Armies of Japan, China, India, Persia, Italy, Russia, Austria, Germany, France, and England (New York: Appleton 1878). Weller, Jac, Wellington in the Peninsula 1808-14 (London: Nicholas Vane 1962; republished Greenhill Books 1992). Woodward, Sir Llewellyn, The Age of Reform 1815-1870 (Oxford History of England, Vol. XIII; Oxford: University Press 1962). 4.5. History 1900-1939 (including Battlefield Guides)

Anon, Battlefields of France (Chemins de Fer du Nord et de LEst de la France - The Northern & Eastern Railway of France, not dated). Anon, The Kings Pilgrimage (London: Hodder and Stoughton 1922).


Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Anon, The Western Front. Then and Now (London: C. Arthur Pearson Ltd. 1938). Anon, Official History of the Occupation of the Rhineland 1918-29 (London: The Imperial War Museum/HMSO 1987). Anon, A Souvenir of the Battlefields Pilgrimage, (London: British Legion, 1928). Baynes, Lt-Col. Sir John, Bt., Morale: A Study of Men and Courage: the Second Scottish Rifles at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle 1915 (London: Cassell 1967). Bessel, Richard, Germany After the First World War, (Oxford: University Press 1993). Beckett, Ian FW, and Simpson, Keith (eds.), A Nation In Arms. A Social Study of the British Army in the First World War (London: Tom Donovan 1990). Bond, Brian, British Military Policy Between the Two World Wars (Oxford: Clarendon Press 1980). Bond, Brian and Cave, Nigel (eds.), Haig: A Reappraisal 70 Years On (Barnsley: Leo Cooper 1999). Brice, Miss Beatrix, and Pulteney, Lt-Gen. Sir William, The Immortal Salient: An Historical Record and Complete Guide For Pilgrims to Ypres (London: John Murray 1925). Brice, Miss Beatrix, and Pulteney, Lt-Gen. Sir William (comp.), The Battle Book of Ypres (London: John Murray 1927, republished by Spa Books in association with Tom Donovan Military Books 1987). Caddick-Adams, Peter, By God They Can Fight! (Shrewsbury: 143 Brigade 1995). Carrington, Charles Edmund, Soldier From The Wars Returning (London: Hutchinson 1965). Charteris, Brig.-Gen. J., CMG, DSO, At GHQ (London: Cassell 1931). Clark, Alan, The Donkeys (London: Hutchinson 1961). Coombs, Rose, Before Endeavours Fade (London: 1976; then After the Battle 1983). Corrigan, Gordon, Mud, Blood and Poppycock (London: Cassell and Co. 2003). Dyer, Geoff, The Missing of the Somme (London: Hamish Hamilton 1994). Edmonds, Brig.-Gen. Sir James, Official History of the Great War, Military Operations, France and Belgium, 1914, Volume One (London: Macmillan 1933); 1914, Volume Two (London: Macmillan 1925); 1915, Volume One (London: Macmillan 1927), 1915, Volume Two (London: Macmillan 1928).


Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Elksteins, Modris, War, Memory, and the Modern: Pilgrimage and Tourism to the Western Front, chapter in Douglas MacKaman and Michael Mays (eds.) World War I and the Cultures of Modernity (Jackson, MI: University Press of Mississippi 2000). Eksteins, Modris, Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age (New York: Doubleday 1989). Fussell, Paul, The Great War and Modern Memory (New York and London: Oxford University Press 1975). Gibbs, Philip, The Soul of the War (London: William Heinemann 1915). Gibbs, Philip, The Battle of the Somme (London: Heinemann 1917). Gibbs, Philip, From Bapaume to Passchendaele (London: Heinemann 1918). Gibbs, Philip, The Realities of War (London: Heinemann 1920). Gibbs, Philip, European Journey, Being the Narrative of a Journey in France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Germany and the Saar in the Spring and Summer of 1934, With an Authentic Record of the Ideas, Hopes and Fears Moving in the Minds of Common Folk and Expressed in Wayside Conversations (London: William Heinemann in association with Victor Gollancz 1934). Giles, John, The Somme Then and Now (Folkestone: Bailey Brothers and Swinfen, 1977, new edition London: After the Battle 1986). Giles, John, Flanders Then and Now: The Ypres Salient and Passchendaele (London: Leo Cooper 1970, new edition London: After the Battle 1987). Giles, John, The Western Front Then and Now. From Mons to the Marne and Back (London: After the Battle 1992). Gliddon, Gerald, When The Barrage Lifts: A Topographical History and Commentary on the Battle of the Somme 1916 (London: Leo Cooper 1989). Gliddon, Gerald, The Legacy of the Somme 1916: The Battle in Fact, Film and Fiction (Stroud: Sutton 1999). Gooch, John, The Plans of War. The General Staff and British Military Strategy 1900-1916 (London: Routledge 1974). Hammerton, J.A., (ed.), The War Illustrated (London: Amalgamated Press Ltd 191419). Holt, Toni and Valmai, Major and Mrs Holts Battlefield Guide to Gallipoli (London: Pen and Sword 1995). Holt, Toni and Valmai, Major and Mrs Holts Battlefield Guide to the Somme (London: Pen and Sword 1996). -501-

Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Holt, Toni and Valmai, Major and Mrs Holts Battlefield Guide to The Ypres Salient (London: Pen and Sword 1997). Holt, Toni and Valmai, Major and Mrs Holts Concise Guide to The Western Front North (London: Pen and Sword 2003). Holt, Toni and Valmai, Major and Mrs Holts Concise Guide to The Western Front South (London: Pen and Sword 2005). Housman, Lawrence, (ed.), War Letters of Fallen Englishmen (London: Gollancz 1930). Hurst, Sidney C., The Silent Cities: An Illustrated Guide to the War Cemeteries & Memorials to the Missing in France and Flanders (London: Methuen 1929). Hutchison, Graham Seton, Footslogger (London: Hutchinson 1931). Hutchinson, Graham Seton, Warrior (London: Hutchinson 1932). Hutchinson, Lt-Col. Graham Seton, Pilgrimage (London: Rich and Cowan 1935; Bielefeld: Velhagen and Klasing 1938). Hynes, Samuel, A War Imagined: The First World War and English Culture (New York: Atheneum 1991). Johnson, Douglas Wilson, Battlefields of the World War, Western and Southern Fronts: A Study in Military Geography, With a Foreword by General Tasker H. Bliss (American Geographical Society, Research Series No.3; Oxford and New York: University Press 1921). Jones, Nigel H., The War Walk. A Journey Along the Western Front (London: Robert Hale 1983). Laffin, John, British Butchers and Bunglers of the Western Front (London: Sutton 1988). Macdonald, Lyn, Somme (London: Michael Joseph 1983). MacKaman, Douglas and Mays, Michael (eds.), World War I and the Cultures of Modernity (Jackson, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi 2000). Masefield, John, The Old Front Line (London: William Heinemann 1917), new edition published by Pen & Sword books, 2003, with preface by Martin Middlebrook and introduction by Col. Howard Green MC. Michelin, Illustrated Guide to the Battle-fields (1914-18), Battlefields of the Marne 1914 (Paris: Michelin & Cie. 1917); others guides consulted: Ypres and the Battles of Ypres; The Americans in the Great War (3 volumes); Arras; The Yser; Amiens; Lille; Rheims; Soissons; The Somme (2 volumes); Verdun. -502-

Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Middlebrook, Martin, The First Day on the Somme 1 July 1916 (London: Allen Lane The Penguin Press 1971). Middlebrook, Martin and Mary, The Somme Battlefields (London: Penguin 1994). Mottram, RH, Journey to the Western Front Twenty Years After (London: G Bell and Son 1936). Pedersen, Peter, Villers-Bretonneux (Barnsley: Pen and Sword Battleground Europe Series 2004). Pound, Reginald, The Lost Generation (London: Constable 1964). Robins, Simon, British Generalship on the Western Front 1914-18 (London: Frank Cass 2005). Saunders, Nicholas J., (ed.), Matters of Conflict: Material Culture, Memory and the First World War (London: Routledge 2004). Sherman, Daniel J., The Construction of Memory in Interwar France (Chicago: University Press 2000). Slowe, Peter, and Woods, Richard, Fields of Death: Battle Scenes of the First World War (London: Robert Hale 1986). Strachan, Hew, The First World War. Volume One: To Arms, (Oxford: University Press 2001). Taylor, Henry Archibald, Good-bye to the Battlefields: To-day and Yesterday on the Western Front, with a Foreword by Viscount Allenby (London: Stanley Paul 1930). Williamson, Henry, The Wet Flanders Plain (Limited, private edition, London: The Beaumont Press 1929; then London: Faber 1929; New York: Dent Dutton 1929). Winter, J. M., Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History (Cambridge: University Press 1996). Witkop, Dr Philipp, German Students War Letters (London: Methuen 1929, translated by A.F. Wedd; first published as Kriegsbriefe gefallener Studenten, Mnchen: Albert Langen and Georg Mller 1928). Wolff, Leon, In Flanderss Fields (London: Longmans, Green and Co. 1958). Zuber, Terence, Inventing the Schlieffen Plan: German War Planning 1871-1914 (Oxford: University Press 2002). 4.6. History 1940-1980

Addison, Paul and Calder, Angus (eds.), Time To Kill: The Soldiers Experience of War in the West 1939-45 (London: Pimlico 1997).


Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Angus, Tom (pseudonym for Geoffrey Powell), Men at Arnhem (London: Leo Cooper 1976). Beevor, Anthony, Stalingrad (London: Penguin 1998). Bellamy, Chris, Absolute War (London: Macmillan 2007). Caddick-Adams, Peter, Lessons From Normandy: A Study of the 1944 Normandy Campaign (Cranfield: University Press 2007). DEste, Carlo, Decision in Normandy (London: William Collins 1983). Daglish, Ian, Goodwood: Over the Battlefield (London: Leo Cooper 2005). Dunphie, Christopher, and Johnson, Gary, Brightly Shone the Dawn (London: Frederick Warne 1980). Dunphie, Christopher, and Johnson, Gary, Gold Beach: Inland from King June 1944, (Barnsley: Pen and Sword Battleground Europe Series 1999). Dunphie, Christopher, The Pendulum of Battle: Operation Goodwood July 1944 (London: Leo Cooper 2003). Fehrenbach, T.R., This Kind of War: A Study in Unpreparedness (New York: Macmillan 1963). Frieser, Karl-Heinz, Ardennen Sedan: Militrhistorischer Fhrer durch eine europische Schicksalslandschaft, (Frankfurt am Main: Militrgeschichtlichen Forschungsamt/Report Verlag 2000) [Military history guide through a fateful European landscape]. Translated as Karl-Heinz Frieser, The Blitzkrieg Legend: The 1940 Campaign in the West (Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press 2005). Fussell, Paul, The Boys Crusade, (New York: The Modern Library 2003). Garland, Albert N and Smith, Howard McGaw, Sicily and the Surrender of Italy (Washington DC: US Army Center of Military History 1965). Hastings, Max, Overlord. D-Day and the Battle for Normandy (London: Michael Joseph 1984). Holmes, Richard, Battlefields of the Second World War, (London: BBC Books 2001). Holt, Toni and Valmai, Major and Mrs Holts Battlefield Guide to the Normandy Landing Beaches (London: Pen and Sword 1994). Holt, Toni and Valmai, Major and Mrs Holts Battlefield Guide to Operation Market Garden (London: Pen and Sword 1994). Horne, Alistair, To Lose a Battle (London: Heinemann 1967). Hymel, Kevin M., (comp.), Pattons Photographs: War As He Knew It (Washington DC: Potomac Books 2006). -504-

Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Keegan, John, Six Armies in Normandy (London: Jonathan Cape 1982). MacDonald, Ian, Revolution in the Head (London: Fourth Estate 1994). McKee, Alexander, Caen: Anvil of Victory (London: Souvenir Press 1964). Methuen, Lord, Normandy Diary: Being a Record of Survivals and Losses of Historical Monuments in North-Western France, together with those in the Island of Walcheren and in that part of Belgium traversed by 21st Army Group in 1944-5 (London: Robert Hale Ltd 1952). Powell, Lt-Col. Geoffrey, MC, The Devils Birthday. The Bridges to Arnhem 1944 (London: Buchan and Enright 1984). Shulman, Milton, Defeat in the West (London, Cassell and Co. 1947). Slowe, Peter, and Woods, Richard, Battlefield Berlin: Siege, Surrender, and Occupation, 1945 (London: Robert Hale 1988). Tugwell, Maurice, Arnhem: A Case Study (London: Purnell 1975). Wilmot, Chester, The Struggle for Europe (London: Collins 1952). Waddy, John, A Tour of the Arnhem Battlefields (Barnsley: Leo Cooper 1999). 4.7. History, General Twentieth Century

Ashplant, Timothy G., Graham Dawson & Michael Roper (ed.), Commemorating War, (Brunswick, New Jersey: Transaction 2004). Harding, B., Keeping the Faith: A History of the Royal British Legion (London: Leo Cooper 2001). Cannadine, David, In Churchills Shadow: Confronting the Past in Modern Britain (London: Penguin Books 2003). Hackett, Gen. Sir John, The Third World War (London: Sidgwick & Jackson 1978). Harp, Stephen L., Marketing Michelin: Advertising and Cultural Identity in Twentieth-Century France (Baltimore, Maryland: John Hopkins University Press 2001). Lens, Sidney, Vietnam: A War on Two Fronts (New York: Lodestar Books 1990). Macksey, Kenneth, First Clash; Combat close-up in World War Three (London: Arms and Armour Press 1985). Middlebrook, Martin, The Fight for the Malvinas. The Argentine Forces in the Falklands War (London: Viking 1989). Mosse, George, Fallen Soldiers: Reshaping the Memory of the World Wars (Oxford: University Press 1990).


Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Sheffield, Gary, The Shadow of the Somme: the Influence of the First World War on British Soldiers Perceptions and Behaviour in the Second World War, in Paul Addison and Angus Calder, (eds.), Time to Kill: the Soldier's Experience of War in the West 1939-1945 (London: Pimlico, 1997) Stevenson, John, British Society, 19141945 (London: Harmondsworth 1984). Stone, David, Wars of the Cold War: Campaigns and Conflict 1945-1990 (London: Brasseys 2004) Wells, Tom, The War Within: Americas Battle over Vietnam (Berkeley: University of California Press 1994). Wheeler-Bennett, John, The Nemesis of Power: The German Army in Politics 19181945 (London: Macmillan 1954). 4.8. General Military History

Aldington, Larry H, The Patterns of War Since the Eighteenth Century (London: Croom Helm 1984). Bagnall, Field Marshal Sir Nigel, The Punic Wars (London: Hutchinson 1990). Black, Jeremy (ed.), European Warfare 1815-2000 (Basingstoke: Palgrave/Macmillan 2002). Borg, Alan, War Memorials from Antiquity to the Present (London: Leo Cooper 1991). Brown, Jerold E., Historical Dictionary of the US Army (London: Greenwood Press 2001). Bruce, George, (ed.), Harbottles Dictionary of Battles (London: Granada 1979). Charters, David A.; Milner, Marc, and Wilson, J. Brent, Military History and the Military Profession (Westport, CT: Praeger 1992). Cousins, Geoffrey, The Defenders: A History of the British Volunteer (London: Frederick Muller 1968). Creasy, Sir Edward, Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World: From Marathon to Waterloo, (Landpost Press paperback edition 1992). Creveld, Martin van, The Art of War, War and Military Thought (London: Cassell 2000). Custance, Admiral Sir Reginald, A Study of War (London: Constable and Co 1924). Dixon, Norman, On The Psychology of Military Incompetence (London: Jonathan Cape 1976).


Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Doyle, Peter, and Bennett, Matthew R., Fields of Battle. Terrain in Military History (Dordrecht (NL): Kluwer Academic 2002). Durschmied, Erik, The Weather Factor: How Nature Has Changed History (London: Hodder & Stoughton 2000). Durschmied, Erik, The Hinges of Battle: How Chance and Incompetence Have Changed the Face of History (London: Hodder and Stoughton 2002). French, David, The British Way in War 1688-2000 (London: Unwin 1990). Gordon, Hampton, The War Office (London: Putnam 1935). Hanson, Victor Davis, Carnage and Culture, Landmark Battles in the Rise of Western Power (New York: Doubleday 2001). Haythornthwaite, Philip J., The Colonial Wars Source Book (London: Caxton Editions 2000). Holland, Tom, Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West (London: Little, Brown 2005). Holmes, Richard (ed.), The Oxford Companion to Military History (Oxford: University Press 2001). Howard, Michael (ed.), The Theory and Practice of War. Essays Presented to Captain B.H. Liddell Hart (London: Cassell 1965). Hull, Isabel V., Absolute Destruction: Military Culture and the Practices of War in Imperial Germany (Cornell: University Press 2006). Keegan, John, The Face of Battle (London: Jonathan Cape 1976). Keegan, John, and Holmes, Richard, Soldiers: A History of Men in Battle (London: Hamish Hamilton 1985). Keegan, Sir John, A History of Warfare (London: Hutchinson 1993). Keegan, John, Fields of Battle: The Wars for North America (orginially published as Warpaths, London: Hodder and Stoughton 1995). Kitson, Gen. Sir Frank, Directing Operations (London: Faber 1989). Koshar, Rudy, From Monuments to Traces: Artefacts of German Memory 1870-1990 (University of California Press 2000). Laffin, John, Jackboot: The Story of the German Soldier (London: Cassell and Co 1965). MacKenzie, Maj-Gen. JJG, and Reid, Brian Holden, The British Army and the Operational Level of War (Camberley: Tri-Service Press 1989).


Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Pollard, Tony and Oliver, Neil, Two Men in a Trench: Battlefield Archaeology The Key to Unlocking the Past (London: Michael Joseph 2002). Ropp, Theodore, War in the Modern World (London: Collier/Macmillan 1962). Schivelbusch, Wolfgang, The Culture of Defeat: On National Trauma, Mourning and Recovery (London: Granta Books 2003). Sheffield, Gary, Forgotten Victory: The First World War: Myths and Realities (London: Hodder Headline 2001). Slessor, Wg Cdr John, Air Power and Armies, (Oxford: University Press 1936). Nick Smart, Biographical Dictionary of British Generals of the Second World War (Barnsley: Pen and Sword 2005). Stephenson, Michael, (ed.), Battlegrounds, Geography and the History of Warfare (Washington DC: National Geographic 2003). Watson, David, Battlefield Detectives (London: Granada 2003). Wavell, Gen. Sir Archibald, Generals and Generalship (London: Penguin Special paperback 1941). Weigley, Russell F., (ed.) New Dimensions in Military History (San Rafael: California: 1975). Wood, CE, Mud. A Military History, (Washington DC: Potomac Books 2006). 4.9. History, General Battlefield Guidebooks

Chandler, Dr. David (ed.), A Travellers Guide to the Battlefields of Europe, From the Siege of Troy to the Second World War (first published in two volumes by London: High Evelyn Ltd); new (single volume) edition, London: Patrick Stephens Ltd 1989). Clark, David, Battlefield Walks: The South (Stroud: Alan Sutton Ltd. 1996). Dodds, Glen Lyndon, Battles in Britain 1066-1746 (London: Brockhampton Press 1996). Featherstone, Donald, The Battlefield Walkers Handbook (Shrewsbury: Airlife 1998). Glover, Michael, Battlefields of Northern France and the Low Countries (London: Michael Joseph 1987). Green, Lt-Col. Howard, MC, FSA, The Cockpit of Europe A Guide to the Battlefields of Belgium and France (London: David and Charles 1976). Guest, K. & G., English Heritage British Battles (London: Harper Collins 1996). Holmes, Richard, Fatal Avenue (London: Jonathan Cape 1992).


Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Holmes, Richard, War Walks From Agincourt to Normandy (London: BBC Books 1996) Holmes, Richard, War Walks 2 From Hastings to the Blitz (London: BBC Books 1997). Holmes, Richard, Battlefield: Decisive Conflicts in History (Oxford: University Press 2006). Hutchinson, Garrie, Pilgrimage: A Traveller's Guide to Australian Battlefields (Melbourne: Black Inc. 2004). Malleson, Col. GB, The Battlefields of Germany: From the Outbreak of the Thirty Years War to the Battle of Blenheim (London: WH Allen 1884). Newark, Tim, Where They Fell: A Walkers Guide to the Battlefields of the World (London: New Burlington Books 2000). Rayner, Michael, English Battlefields (Stroud: Tempus 2004). Smurthwaite, David, The Ordnance Survey Complete Guide to the Battlefields of Britain (Exeter: Webb and Bower 1984). Ward Lock, Tourist Handbook to Belgium and the Battlefields (Ward Lock, 8th edition 1928). Young, Peter and Adair, John, Hastings to Culloden: Battles of Britain (London: G. Bell & Sons 1964, new edition Sutton Publishing 1996). Young, Brig. Peter, A Dictionary of Battles 1816-1976 (London: New English Library 1977). 4.10. Biography

Ambrose, Stephen E., Upton and the Army (Louisiana: State University Press 1992). Aston, Maj.-Gen. Sir George, KCB, Biography of the Late Field Marshal Foch (London and New York: Macmillan 1929). Baxter, Colin F., (comp.), Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery 1887-1976, A Selected Bibliography (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press 1999). Baynes, Sir John, The Forgotten Victor: General Sir Richard OConnor (London: Brasseys 1989). Beckett, Ian FW, Johnnie Gough VC (London: Tom Donovan 1989). Bonham-Carter, Victor, Soldier True: The Life and Times of FM Sir William Robertson (London: Frederick Muller 1963).


Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Callwell, Maj-Gen. Sir CE, The Life of Sir Stanley Maude (London: Constable and Co. 1920). Callwell, Maj-Gen. Sir CE, Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson, His Life and Diaries (London Cassell and Co. 1927). Charteris, Brig.-Gen. John, Field Marshal Earl Haig (London: Cassell 1929). Cloake, John, Templer. Tiger of Malaya. The Life of FM Sir Gerald Templer (London: Harrap 1985). Collier, Basil, Brasshat. A biography of FM Sir Henry Wilson (London: Secker and Warburg 1961). Collier, Basil, Leader of the Few. The Authorised Biography of ACM the Lord Dowding of Bentley Priory (London: Jarrolds 1957). Collins, Maj-Gen RJ, Lord Wavell: A Military Biography (London: Hodder and Stoughton 1947). Connell, John, Wavell: Scholar and Soldier (London: Collins 1964). Danchev, Alex, Alchemist of War: The Life of Basil Liddell Hart (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1998). DEste, Carlo, A Genius for War: A Life of George S. Patton (London: Harper Collins 1995). DEste, Carlo, Eisenhower: Allied Supreme Commander (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson 2002). Duffy, Christopher, Frederick the Great: A Military Life (London: David and Charles 1974). Edwards, Samuel, Victor Hugo: A Tumultuous Life (New York: David McKay 1971). Freeman, Douglas Southall, Robert E. Lee, 4 volumes (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 1934). French, Maj. the Hon G. DSO, The Life of Sir John French, First Earl of Ypres (London: Cassell and Co. 1931). Fuller, JFC, Grant and Lee: A Study in Personality and Generalship (Bloomington, Indiana.: Indiana University Press 1982 edition). Gilbert, Martin, Winston S. Churchill, Volume V 1922-39 (London: Heinemann 1976). Gilbert, Martin, Winston S. Churchill: Companion Volume V (London: Heinemann 1981) Gilbert, Martin, Winston S. Churchill 1941-45 Volume VII Road to Victory (London: Heinemann 1986). -510-

Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Graham, Dominick, The Price of Command. A Biography of Gen. Guy Simonds (Toronto: Stoddart 1993). Greacen, Lavinia, Chink: a Biography (London: Macmillan 1990). Grey, Jeffrey, Australian Brass: The Career of Lt-Gen. Sir Horace Robertson (Cambridge: University Press 1992). Hamilton, Nigel, Monty: The Making of a General 1887-1942, Volume One (London: Hamish Hamilton 1981). Hamilton, Nigel, Monty: Field Marshal 1944-76, Volume Three (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1986). Hamilton, Nigel, The Full Monty, 1887-1942, Volume One (Allen Lane 2001). Harington, Gen. Sir Charles GCB, GBE, Plumer of Messines (London: John Murray 1935). Harpur, Glyn and Hayward, Joel, Born to Lead? Portraits of New Zealand Commanders (Auckland, NZ: Exisle Publishing 2003). Hart, Basil Liddell, The Other Side of the Hill (London: Cassell 1948). Hofschrer, Peter, Wellingtons Smallest Victory: The Duke, the Model Maker and the Secret of Waterloo (London: Faber 2004). Holt, Tony and Valmai, My Boy Jack: The Search for John Kipling. A Detective Biography (London: Pen and Sword/Leo Cooper 1998). James, Lawrence, Imperial Warrior. The Life and Times of FM Viscount Allenby 1861-1936 (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1993). Jeffrey, Keith, FM Sir Henry Wilson. A political Soldier (Oxford: University Press 2006). Jenkins, Roy, Asquith (London: Collins 1964). Jenkins, Roy, Churchill (London: Macmillan 2001). Keegan, John, (ed,), Churchills Generals (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1991). Kershaw, Ian, Hitler 1936-45: Nemesis (London: Penguin books 2001). Kinvig, Clifford, Scapegoat. General Percival of Singapore (London: Brasseys 1996) Lee, John, Gen. Sir Ian Hamilton, A Soldiers Life (London: Macmillan 2000). Lewin, Ronald, Slim the Standardbearer (London: Leo Cooper 1976). Lewin, Ronald, Man of Armour: A Study of Lt-Gen. Vyvyan Pope (London: Leo Cooper 1976).


Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Lindsay, David, Forgotten General. A Life of Andrew Thorne (Salisbury: Michael Russell 1987). MacCarthy, Fiona, Byron: Life and Legend (London: Faber 2003). Maurice, Maj-Gen. Sir Frederick, The Life of Lord Rawlinson of Trent from his Journals and Letters (London: Cassell and Co. 1928). Maurice, Lt-Col. F. (ed.), Sir Frederick Maurice. A Record of His Work and Opinions (London: Edward Arnold 1913). Moorehead, Caroline, Dunants Dream: War, Switzerland and the History of the Red Cross (London: HarperCollins 1999). Palmer, Alan, The Life and Times of George IV (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1972). Parkinson, Roger, Clausewitz: A Biography (London: Wayland Press 1970). Pogue, Forrest C., George C. Marshall: Education of a General (New York: Viking Press 1963). Powell, Geoffrey, Plumer. The Soldiers General. A Biography of FM Viscount Plumer of Messines (London: Leo Cooper 1990). Probert, Air Cdre Henry, Bomber Harris His Life and Times (London: Greenhill Books, 2001). Ransom, Teresa, Madame Tussaud: A Life and A Time (Stroud, UK: Sutton, 2003). Reid, Brian Holden, J.F.C. Fuller: Military Thinker (London: Macmillan Press 1987). Reynolds, Maj-Gen. Mike CB, The Devils Adjutant, Jochen Peiper, Panzer Leader (Staplehurst, Kent: Spellmount 1995). Roberts, Andrew, Napoleon and Wellington (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson 2001). Ross, Ian Campbell, Laurence Sterne: A Life (Oxford: University Press 2001). Ryder, Rowland, Oliver Leese (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1987). Schauffler, Robert Haven, Beethoven: The Man Who Freed Music (New York: Tudor Publishing Co., 1955). Schofield, Victoria, Wavell: Soldier & Statesman (London: John Murray 2006). Sondhaus, L., Franz von Hotzendorf: Architect of the Apocalypse (Leiden, NL: Brill Academic Publishers 2000). Speck, WA, Robert Southey, Entire Man of Letters (London: Yale University Press 2006). Spiers, Edward M., Haldane: An Army Reformer (Edinburgh: University Press 1980). -512-

Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Strawson, John, Gen. Sir Richard McCreery (Privately Printed: Lady McCreery 1973). Sutherland, JA, The Life of Sir Walter Scott: A Critical Biography (Oxford: Blackwell, 1995). Terraine, John, Douglas Haig: the Educated Soldier (London: Hutchinson 1963). Trythall, AJ, Boney Fuller: The Intellectual General (London: Cassell 1977). Vivian, Hon. Claud, Richard Hussey Vivian, First Baron Vivian: A Memoir (London: Ibister and Company 1897). Weintraub, Stanley, Albert. Uncrowned King (London: John Murray 1997). White, CE, The Enlightened Soldier Scharnhorst and the Militrische Gesellschaft in Berlin 1801-1805 (New York: Greenwood 1988). Williamson, Anne, A Patriots Progress: Henry Williamson and the First World War (Stroud: Sutton 1998). Williamson, David, A Most Diplomatic General. The Life of General Lord Robertson of Oakridge, Bt., 1896-1974 (London: Brasseys 1996). Wilson, Jeremy, Lawrence of Arabia: The Authorised Biography (Stroud: Sutton Publishing 1989). Winter, Denis, Haigs Command-A Reassessment (London: Viking, 1991). Young, Desmond, Rommel (London: Collins, 1950). 4.11. Literature, fiction and poetry

Aldington, Richard, Death of a Hero: A Novel (London: Chatto and Windus 1929). Baillie, Joanna, A Collection of Poems, Chiefly Manuscript, and from Living Authors, Edited for the Benefit of a Friend (London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, & Brown 1823). Bainbridge, Simon, Napoleon and English Romanticism (Cambridge: University Press 1995). Barbusse, Henri, Le Feu [Under Fire] (New York: Dutton 1917). Bennett, Betty T., British War Poetry in the Age of Romanticism: 1793-1815 (New York: Garland Publishing 1976). Blunden, Edmund, Charles Undertones of War (London: Cobden-Sanderson 1928). Chapman, Guy (ed.), Vain Glory (London: Cassell 1937). Anthology of war poetry Chapman, Raymond, The Sense of the Past in Victorian Literature, (London: Croom Helm, 1986).


Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Dickens, Charles, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (London: Chapman & Hall 1837). Faulks, Sebastian, Birdsong (London: Hutchinson 1993). Fitzgerald, F. Scott, Tender Is the Night (New York: Scribners/London: Chatto and Windus 1934). Gardner, Brian (ed.), Up the Line to Death (London: Methuen 1964, introduction by Edmund Blunden). Graves, Robert, Goodbye To All That (London: Jonathan Cape 1929). Hartley, LP, The Go-Between (London: Hamish Hamilton 1953). Heller, Joseph, Catch-22 (London: Collins 1961). Hemingway, Ernest, A Farewell To Arms (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929). Hooker, Richard, (Richard Hornberger), M*A*S*H (New York: William Morrow and Co. 1968). Jones, David, In Parenthesis (1961 Introduction by T.S. Eliot; original edition: London: Faber 1937). Kadar, Ismail, The General of the Dead Army, translated from the French by Derek Coltman (London: WH Allen 1971). Lawrence, TE, Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph (two private edns. 1922 and 1926; then London: Jonathan Cape 1935). Littlewood, Joan, Oh! What A Lovely War (London Theatre Workshop, 1963). A play. Manning, Frederick, (Private 19022), Her Privates We (London: Peter Davies 1929); originally published in a limited edition as The Middle Parts of Fortune under the pseudonym Private 19022. Mottram, Ralph Hale, The Spanish Farm Trilogy (London: Chatto and Windus 1927). Mottram, RH, Ten Years Ago: Armistice & Other Memoirs forming a pendant to The Spanish Farm Trilogy (London: Chatto and Windus 1928). Parsons, IM, Men Who March Away (London: Heinemann 1965). Rambaud, Patrick, The Battle, translated from the French by Will Hobson (London: Picador/Macmillan 2000). Remarque, Erich Maria, All Quiet on the Western Front, (London: G.P Putnams Sons 1929). Riotta, Gianni, Prince of the Clouds, translated by Stephen Sartarelli (London: HarperCollins 2001, published in Italian as Principe delle Nuvole in 1997). about an Italian military historian. -514Novel

Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Samuels, Maurice, The Spectacular Past. Popular History and the Novel in Nineteenth-Century France (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press 2004). Sansom, CJ, Winter In Madrid (London: Macmillan 2006). Sassoon, Siegfried, Memoirs of a Foxhunting Man (London: Faber 1928). Sassoon, Siegfried, Memoirs of an Infantry Officer (London: Faber 1930). Sassoon, Siegfried, Sherstons Progress (London: Faber 1936). Scott, Walter, The Field of Waterloo; A Poem (Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne and Co. for Archibald Constable and Co. Edinburgh; and London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, and John Murray 1815). Seymour, Gerald, The Heart of Danger (London: HarperCollins 1995). Shaara, Michael, The Killer Angels (New York: McKay, 1974). Michael Shaara

(1928-88) inspired his son, Jeff Shaara, to write a prequel, Gods and Generals (1996) and sequel, The Last Full Measure (1998). Sherriff, Robert Cedric, Journey End (London: Samuel French 1928). A play. Robert Southey, The Poets Pilgrimage to Waterloo (London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown 1816). Stapleton, Michael, The Cambridge Guide to English Literature (Cambridge: University Press 1983). Taylor, Gary, Reinventing Shakespeare: A Cultural History from the Restoration to the Present (London: The Hogarth Press, 1990). Tennyson, Alfred Lord, The Charge of the Light Brigade in Maud and Other Poems (London: Edward Moxon 1855). Thorpe, Adam, Nineteen Twenty-One (London: Jonathan Cape, 2001). during a battlefield tour. Wells, HG, War of the Worlds (London: Heinemann; New York: Harper, Harper and Brothers; Leipzig: Tauchnitz; and Rotterdam: Cohen Zonen, all 1898). Williamson, Henry, The Patriots Progress: Being the Vicissitudes of Pte. John Bullock (London: Geoffrey Bles 1930). Williamson, Henry, A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight (15 volumes, London: Macdonald 1951-1969). 4.12. Other books consulted, including reference works Novel set

Alberini, Massimo, Model Soldiers: Armies in Miniature, London: Orbis 1972).


Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Caddick-Adams, Peter, Timeless Terrain: Running Better Battlefield Tours (Cranfield 2007). Carman, J. (ed.), Material Harm: Archaeological Studies of War and Violence (Glasgow: Cruithne Press 1997). Churchill, Winston S. & Others, (ed. JC Squire), If It Had Happened Otherwise, (London: Longmans Green 1931). Clarke, IF, Voices Prophesying War 1789-1984 (Oxford: University Press 1966). Comment, Bernard, The Panorama (London: Reaktion Books 1999). Dorling, Capt. H. Taprell, DSO, RN, Ribbons and Medals, Naval, Military, Air Force and Civil (London: George Philip and Son Ltd 1916; numerous editions since). Fukuyama, Francis, The End of History and the Last Man (New York: Free Press 1992). Hammerton, J.A. (Ed.), Mr Punch On the Warpath. Humours of the Army, the Navy and the Reserve Forces. With 136 illustrations, Punch Library of Humour series (London: Punch Magazine, c.1910). Hill, P., and Wileman, J., Landscapes of War: The Archaeology of Aggression and Defence (London: Tempus 2002). Holt, Tonie and Valmai, Picture Postcards of the Golden Age. A Collectors Guide (London: MacGibbon and Kee 1971). Laffin, John, Battlefield Archaeology (London: Ian Allen 1987). Mackay, Charles, LLD, Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions And The Madness of Crowds (London: Richard Bentley, 1841, Second Edition, London: Office of the National Illustrated Library, 1852). Wordsworth Paperback edition. Mullen, Chris, Cigarette Pack Art (London: Galley Press 1979). Opie, James, British Toy Soldiers: 1893 to the Present. An illustrated Reference Guide for Collectors (London: Arms and Armour Press 1985). Ryan, Edward, Paper Soldiers. An Illustrated History of Printed Paper Armies of the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries (London: Golden Age Editions 1995). Santayana, George, The Life of Reason, Volume One, Reason and Common Sense (New York: Charles Scribners Sons and London: Constable and Co, 1905). Schama, Simon, A History of Britain Volume 3 The Fate of Empire 1776-2000 (London: BBC Books 2002). Sutherland, T.L., Battlefield Archaeology A Guide to the Archaeology of Conflict (British Archaeological Jobs Resource, November 2005). -516-

Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Webb, Diana, Pilgrimage in Mediaeval England (London: Hambledon 2000). Halliwells Film Guide, various years (Granada/Paladin) Whitakers Almanac, various years (J Whitaker and Sons). Whos Who and Who Was Who, various years (A & C Black). 5. Published Secondary Sources academic journals

Defence Studies, various volumes (but especially Volume 5/1, March 2005, The Relevance and Role of Military History, Battlefield Tours and Staff Rides for Armed Forces in the 21st Century, edited by David Ian Hall). Journal of the Royal United Services Institution, various volumes. Journal of Strategic Studies, various volumes. War and Society, various volumes.

Andrews, J.H., Defoe and the Sources of His Tour, The Geographical Journal, Vol. 126/3 (Sept 1960). Agrusa, Jerome, Tanner, John and Dupuis, Judy, Determining the potential of American Vietnam Veterans returning to Vietnam as Tourists, article in the International Journal of Tourism Research, Vol. 8/3 (2006). Balfour-Paul, Jenny, Pilgrimage to War, article in Geographical (December 2004). Barnett, Correlli, The Education of Military Elites, article in the Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 2/3 (July 1967). Bechthold, Mike, One of the Greatest Moments in My Life, Lessons Learned on the Canadian Battle of Normandy Foundation Battlefield Tours, Chapter III in Defence Studies, Vol. 5/1 (March 2005), The Relevance and Role of Military History, Battlefield Tours and Staff Rides for Armed Forces in the 21st Century, edited by David Ian Hall. Bennett, Neville and Dunne, Elizabeth, Patterns of Core and Generic Skill Provision in Higher Education, article in Higher Education, Vol. 37/1 (January 1997). Berman, Mildred, D-Day and Geography, article in Geographical Review, Vol. 84/4 (October 1994). Biddiscombe, Perry, Dangerous Liaisons: the Anti-Fraternization Movement in the US Occupation Zones of Germany and Austria 1945-8, article in Journal of Social History, Vol. 34/3, (2001).


Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Borocz, Jozsef, Travel-Capitalism: The Structure of Europe and the Advent of the Tourist, essay in Comparative Studies in Society and History, Vol. 34/4 (1992). Brandon, Laura, History as Monument: The Sculptures on the Vimy Memorial, article in Dispatches, Journal of the Canadian War Museum, Issue 11 (February 2000). Brodie, Bernard, In Quest of the Unknown Clausewitz: A Review, article in International Security, Vol. 1/3 (Winter 1977). Bull, Natalie and Panton, David, Drafting the Vimy Charter for the Conservation of Battlefield Terrain, article in APT Bulletin Managing Cultural Landscapes, Vol. 31/4 (2000). Caddick-Adams, Peter, Footprints in the Mud: the British Armys Approach to the Battlefield Tour Experience, article in Defence Studies, Vol. 5/1 (March 2005), The Relevance and Role of Military History, Battlefield Tours and Staff Rides for Armed Forces in the 21st Century, edited by David Ian Hall. Castel, Albert, Liddell Harts Sherman: Propaganda as History, article in the Journal of Military History, Vol. 67/2 (April 2003). Chandler, Dr D.G., War and the Past: the Place of Military History, article in History Today, January 1981. Cleminson, A., An Analysis of the Role of the Mentor in Professional Education: A Comparative Study, article in Mentoring, Vol. 1/1 (Summer 1993). Cowley, Robert, WWI: Massacre of the Innocents article in The Quarterly Journal of Military History, spring 1998. Creveld, Martin van, Thoughts on Military History, article in the Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 18 (1983). Daddow, Oliver J., Facing the Future: History in the Writing of British Military Doctrine, article in Defence Studies, Vol. 2/1 (Spring 2002). DiNardo, RL, Guderian: Panzer Pioneer or Myth Maker?, review article in the Journal of Military History, Vol. 71/2 (April 2007) Doyle, Peter and Bennett, Mathew R., Military Geography: Terrain Evaluation and the British Western Front 1914-18 article in The Geographic Journal, Vol. 163/1 (1997). Doyle, Peter and Bennett, Mathew R., Military Geography: The Influence of Terrain in the Outcome of the Gallipoli Campaign, 1915, article in The Geographic Journal, Vol. 165/1 (1999). -518-

Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Drohan, Brian, Carl von Clausewitz, His Trinity, and the 1812 Russian Campaign, article in the Journal of Slavic Military Studies, Vol.19/2 (2006). Edwards, P., Mort Pour la France: Conflict and Commemoration in France After the First World War, article in the Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 35 (2000). Eiler, Keith E., The Man Who Planned Victory: An Interview with Gen. Albert C. Wedermeyer, article in American Heritage, Vol. 36/6 (1983). Evans, Nick, Staff Rides, Tours and Battlefield Tours. A Historical Perspective 1890-1914, article in the British Commission for Military History Newsletter No.13 (Summer 2005). Fine, Elizabeth, and Speer, Jean Haskell, Tour Guide Performances as Site Sacralization, essay in the Annals of Tourism Research, Vol. 12 (1985). Frster, Stig, Facing Peoples War: Moltke the Elder and Germanys Military Options After 1871, article in the Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 10 (1987). Fox, Colin, The Myths of Langemarck, article in The Imperial War Museum Review, No. 10 (1995). French, David, Invading Europe: The British army and its preparations for the Normandy campaign, 1942-4, article in Diplomacy and Statecraft, Vol. 14/2 (June 2003). Gatewood, John B., Battlefield Pilgrims at Gettysburg National Military Park, article in Ethnology, June 2004. Geyer, Michael, The Crisis of Military Leadership in the 1930s, article in Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 14 (1991). Gilchrist, Nicholas, Crucifix, calvary, and cross: materiality and spirituality in Great War landscapes, article in World Archaeology, Vol. 35/1 (June 2003). Glick, Stephen P., and Charters, L. Ian, War, Games, and Military History, article in Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 18/4 (October 1983). Goebel, Stefan, Intersecting Memories: War and Remembrance in Twentieth Century Europe, article in The Historical Journal, Vol. 44 (2001). Gough, PJ, Conifers and Commemoration: The Politics and Protocol of Planting in Military Cemeteries, article in Landscape Research, Vol. 21/1 (1996). Gough, PJ, Sites in the imagination: the Beaumont Hamel Newfoundland Memorial on the Somme, Cultural Geographies, Vol. 11/3 (July 2004).


Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Gough, PJ, The Avenue of War, article in Vortex 3, University of the West of England (UWE) online journal at, accessed 19 July 2006. Gough, PJ, Holy Relics: Venerated Detritus, article in Vortex 3, University of the West of England (UWE) online journal at, accessed 19 July 2006. Gough, PJ, War Memorial Gardens as Dramaturgical Space, article in the International Journal of Heritage Studies, Vol. 3/4 (2002). Gough, PJ, That Sacred Turf, article in Vortex 3, University of the West of England (UWE) online journal at, accessed 19 July 2006. Grundlingh, Albert, Reframing Remembrance: the politics of the centenary commemoration of the South African war of 1899-1902, article in the Journal of Southern African Studies, Vol. 30/2 (2004). Hagen, Joshua and Ostergren, Robert, Spectacle, Architecture and Place at the Nuremberg Party Rallies: Projecting a Nazi Vision of Past, Present and Future, article in Cultural Geography, Vol. 13/2 (April 2006). Hammond, Mary, Thackerays Waterloo: History and War in Vanity Fair, article in Literature and History, Vol. 11/2 (Autumn 2002). Hamric, Jacob, Germany's Decisive Victory: Falkenhayns Campaign in Romania, 1916, article in The Michigan War Studies Review, online journal 1 May 2005. Hanson, Victor Davis, The Return of Military History?, article in National Review Online (3 July 2002),, accessed 23 February 2004. Harkin, J., and Davis P., The Communication Styles of Teachers in Post-Compulsory Education, article in the Journal of Further and Higher Education, Vol. 20/1 (Spring 1996). Herrera, Geoffrey L., Inventing the Railroad and Rifle Revolution: Information, Military Innovation and the Rise of Germany, article in the Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 27/2 (June 2004). Herwig, Holger H., From Tirpitz Plan to Schlieffen Plan: Some Observations on German Military Planning, article in the Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 9/1 (March 1986). Holgun, Sandie, National Spain Invites You: Battlefield Tourism during the Spanish Civil War, article in The American Historical Review, Vol. 110/5 (December 2005).


Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Homewood, Glenn Small, Lessons From The Battlefield Policemen take a Staff Ride of Gettysburg to Sharpen Leadership Skills, John Hopkins University (JHU) Gazette, Vol. 28/14 (December 1998). Hppauf, Bernd, Langemarck, Verdun, and the Myth of a New Man in Germany After the First World War, article in War & Society Vol. 6/2 (September 1988). Iles, Jennifer, Recalling the Ghosts of War: Performing Tourism on the Battlefields of the Western Front, article in Text and Performance Quarterly, Vol. 26/2 (April 2006). James, Brian, Landscape and Memory, article in History Today, Vol. 56 (August 2006). Kagan, Frederick W., The art of War, online article in The New Criterion (22 November 2003), at, accessed 19 January 2004. Kershaw, Ian, 1933: Continuity or Break in German History?, article in History Today, January 1983. Kiesling, Eugenia C., The United States Armys Historical Staff Rides: History and Historiography, Chapter V in Defence Studies, Vol. 5/1 (March 2005), The Relevance and Role of Military History, Battlefield Tours and Staff Rides for Armed Forces in the 21st Century, edited by David Ian Hall. Kitchen, Martin, The Traditions of German Strategic Thought, article in International History Review, Vol.1/2 (April 1979). Kyriacou, Chris, Naima Benmansour and Graham Low, University of York, Student Learning Styles and Foreign Language Learning, article in Language Learning Journal No. 13 (March 1996). Lambert, Andrew, The Principal Source of Understanding: Navies and the Educational Role of the Past, paper 2 in The Hudson Papers, Vol. 1 (Oxford University Hudson Trust 2001). Lanir, Zvi, The Principles of War and Military Thinking, article in Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 16/1 (March 1993). Melvin, Brig. RMAS, Contemporary Battlefield Tours and Staff Rides: A Military Practitioners View, article in Defence Studies Journal, Vol. 5/1 (March 2005) Special Issue The Relevance and Role of Military History, Battlefield Tours and Staff Rides for Armed Forces in the 20th Century.


Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Melvin, Brig. Mungo, Battlefield Tours and Staff Rides: A Military Practitioners View, article in British Commission for Military History Newsletter No.12 (Spring 2005). Mombauer, Annika, Of War Plans and War Guilt: The Debate Surrounding the Schlieffen Plan, article in Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 28/5 (October 2005). Myers, Andrew H., Teaching History in the Backyard, article in The History Teacher, Vol. 35/4 (August 2002). US secondary school teaching on battlegrounds.

Nenninger, Timothy K., Leavenworth and Its Critics: The US Army Command and General Staff School, 1920-1940, article in the Journal of Military History, Vol. 58/ 2 (April 1994). Noko, Kazimierz, The Use of [Polish] Historical Experiences in the Modern Art of War, article in the Journal of Slavic Military Studies, Vol. 6/1 (March 1993). Pierce, John, Constructing Memory: The Vimy Memorial, essay in Canadian Military History, Vol. 1/1 (1992) Powell, J.P., Small Group Teaching Methods in Higher Education, article in Educational Research, Vol. 16/3 (1974). Prior, Robin and Wilson, Trevor, Paul Fussell at War, article in War in History, Vol. 1/1 (1994). Prior, Robin and Wilson, Trevor, The Great War in History: Debates and Controversies, 1914 to the Present, article in the English Historical Review, Vol. CXXI. (2006). Raelin, J.A., Whither Management Education? Professional Education, Action Learning and Beyond, article in Management Learning, Vol. 25/2 (1994). Reid, Brian Holden, Maj-Gen. JFC Fuller and the Revolution in British Military Thought, article in the Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research, Spring 1995. Schumm, Dr. Walter R., Kansas State University, Evaluating an All-Ranks Military Staff Ride, in Psychological Reports, Vol. 93 (2003) Seaton, A. V., From Thanatopsis to Thanatourism: Guided by the Dark, essay in the Journal of International Heritage Studies, Vol. 2/2 (1996). Seaton, A. V., War and Thanatourism: Waterloo, 18151914, article in the Annals of Tourism Research, Vol. 26/1 (1999). Seaton, A.V., Observing Conducted Tours: The Ethnographic Context in Tourist Research, article in Journal of Vacation Marketing, Vol.8/4 (2002). -522-

Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Semmel, Stuart, Reading the Tangible Past: British Tourism, Collecting, and Memory after Waterloo, essay in Representations, No.69 (Winter 2000). Sette, Col. Dominic R., Staff Rides at the [US] War College Prior to World War I: Their Use and Effectiveness, USAWC Military Studies Program Paper (US Army War College, Carlisle 30 March 1988). Showalter, Dennis E., Army and Society in Imperial Germany: The Pains of Modernization, article in Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 18/4 (October 1983). Smith, J. Valene, War and Tourism: An American Ethnography, article in Annals of Tourism Research, Vol.25/1 (1998). Sherry, Michael, Probing the Memory of War: the Vitality of Military History, article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, 7 January 2000. Stone, P.R., A Dark Tourism Spectrum: Towards a Typology of Death and Macabre Related Tourist Sites, Attractions and Exhibitions, article in Tourism: An Interdisciplinary International Journal, Vol.52/2 (2006). Suginoo, Yashio, (Professor Dept of Defence Science, National Defence Academy, Japan), The Causes of Japans Defeat in 1945 (Report of Proceedings: China in the 21st Century: International Reception Hall, Taiwan University, Taipei, Nov. 6-7, 1999). Terraine, John, The Battle of Guise, August 1914, article in History Today, No.10 (February 1960). Travers, Tim, The Offensive and the Problems of Innovation in British Military Thought, 1870-1915 article in Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 13/3 (1978). Volder, M.L. de, Discussion Groups and Their Tutors, article in Higher Education, Vol. 11/3 (1982). West, Dr Brad, Travel, Ritual and Memory: Exploring International Cicil Religious Pilgrimage, paper published by the 2003 Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences 12-15 June 2003. Whitmarsh, Andrew, We Will Remember Them Memory and Commemoration in War Museums, article in Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies, Vol. 7 (November 2001). Williams, Col. William J., (USAF), Making History Relevant for the Intelligence Community, article in Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) Newsletter, December 2005. -523-

Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Williamson, Samuel R., Inventing the Schlieffen Plan: German War Planning, 18711914 (review), article in the Journal of Military History, Vol. 67/3 (July 2003). Wolf, Tony, A Grand Assault-at-Arms: Tournaments and Combative Exhibitions in Victorian England, article in The Journal of Manly Arts, August 2001. Zarobell, John, review of Charles Langlois 1789-1870. Le Spectacle de lhistoire Exhibition Catalogue 2005, Muse des Beaux-Arts de Caen, in Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, Volume 5/1 (Spring 2006). Zuber, Terence, The Schlieffen Plan Fantasy or Catastrophe?, article in History Today, September 2002. 5.1. Newspapers and magazines (Contemporary and from the Newspaper Library, Colindale Avenue, London NW9) After the Battle magazine, No.13, Col. JH Green, Cassino Battlefield Tour. After the Battle magazine, Number 117, Jean Paul Pallud, Hitler on the Western Front (London: Battle of Britain Press 2002). Arab Times, 10 November 2001, Progenitor of Global Conflicts. US Looks Back at WW1. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume CIX, No. DCLXVII (May 1871), The Battle of Dorking: Reminiscences of a Volunteer. Daily Telegraph, 12 August 1997, Obituary of Col. Hans von Luck. Daily Telegraph, 7 May 1999, Death of a hero who blazed the trail on D-Day. Daily Telegraph, 10 April 2002, Obituary of Field Marshal Sir Nigel Bagnall. Daily Telegraph, 1 June 2006, Obituary of Major Bill Close. Daily Telegraph, 7 November 2006, Recruits Return to the Battlefields by Catriona Davies. Daily Telegraph, 17 April 2007, Obituary of Major Alastair Morrison. Financial Times, 12 February 2002, General Failings, Napoleonic Messages for Modern Managers. La Guerre 14-18 magazine, No.33/Aot/Septembre 2006. The Listener magazine, 10 January 1980, Vol. 103/No.2644, General Kitsons College, by Michael Cockerell. Macleans Magazine (Toronto: 1932), Return to Vimy. Macleans Magazine, 15 April 1936.


Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Scribners Magazine, December, 1930, WS Churchill, If Lee Had Won the Battle of Gettysburg. The Ottawa Citizen, 24 March 2007, The Echo of a Long-Ago Battle by Tony Atherton. Sunday Express, 11 June 1944, Giles cartoon, Himmel! Tourists! The Sunday Telegraph of 13 August 2006, Seven (arts supplement). The Times, 11 November 1890, letter about Albuerra battlefield. Twenty Years After magazine (London: George Newnes 1936-7). The Washington Post, page B02, Sunday 6 October 2002, For the US Military, A Transforming View From the Maginot Line, by Vernon Loeb. 39-45 Magazine, various monthly issues. After the Battle quarterly magazine, all monthly issues from No. 1 (1973) to date. Armes et Militaria magazine, various monthly issues. Gazette des Armes magazine, various monthly issues. Historica magazine, various monthly issues. La Grande Guerre magazine, various monthly issues. Militaria magazine, various monthly issues. Napoleon 1-ire magazine, various monthly issues. Punch Magazine, various weekly editions. 5.2 In-house Military Journals

The Antelope (Journal of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment), various issues. Army Doctrine and Training News, various issues. Army Quarterly, various issues. Army Quarterly & Defence Journal, various issues. Army Training News, various issues. British Army Review, various years. The Cadet Journal, November 1933; No.14, August 1938; No.15, November 1938; Cadet Review, Vol. II/1, July-September 1946. The Covenanter, Winter 1976. (Journal of the Scottish Rifles [Cameronians]). Owl Pie (Staff College Journal, Camberley various, selected years; the Staff College Archives do not possess a full-run of Owl Pie). Described as a Christmas annual

started in 1919 by Godwin-Austen, the Staff College historian in 1927.


Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Parameters (US Army War College), various quarterly issues. Journal of the Royal United Services Institution, various years. Anon, (editorial staff), The Battlefield at Naseby, article in the British Army Review, No.100 (April 1992) pp.52-56. Anon, Verdun-Battlefield Tour, article in Genieuws (Dutch language) Engineer Instruction Center Journal, No 1 (January 2006). Baack, SPC Stephen, 1-ID leaders visit Meuse-Argonne region during staff ride, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs article in First Infantry Division News, April 2006. Bowra, Kenneth R., Staff Ride to Alamein, article in Army History (US), No.34 (Spring/Summer 1995). Boscawen, Maj. HGR, The Lessons of Yesterday! The Relevance of Military History to the Teaching of Tactics in Todays Army, article in the British Army Review No.90 (December 1988). Bryden, Capt. JR, On the Military Utility of Staff Rides or Tactical Exercises with Troops, article in the British Army Review No.131 (Spring 2003). Burnaby, Capt. Frederick G., (Royal Horse Guards), The Practical Instruction of Staff Officers in Foreign Armies, article in the Royal United Service Institution Journal, Vol. LXVI (1872). Burrows, Stephen D., Armors Stand at St Vith, article in Armor Magazine (US), November-December 1984. Caddick-Adams, Peter, Exercise MACAWS RETURN: 143 Brigade and the Battle for Comines, May 1940, article in the British Army Review, No.116 (August 1997). Caddick-Adams, Peter, Phoney War and Blitzkrieg, the Territorial Army in 193940, article in the Royal United Service Institution Journal, Vol. 143/2 (April 1998). Caddick-Adams, Peter, The Territorial Army before the Second World War, article in the British Army Review, No.121 (April 1999). Caddick-Adams, Peter, General Sir Miles Christopher Dempsey (1896-1969) Not a Popular Leader, article in the Royal United Service Institution Journal, Vol.150/5 (October 2005). Chesney, Lt-Col., CC, (RE), The Theory and Practice of Peace Manoeuvres, with Their Relation to Real Warfare, article in the Royal United Service Institution Journal, Volume LXVI (1872).


Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Collins, Col. John M., How Military Strategists Should Study History, article in the Military Review, August 1983. Dick, Charles J., The Goodwood Concept Situating the Appreciation, article in the Royal United Service Institution Journal, Vol. 127, No.1 (March 1982). Echevarria, Antulio J., Anticipating the Future: New Perspectives on Prussian and Austrian War Planning, article in Parameters (Summer 1996). Echevarria, Antulio J., Moltke and the German Military Tradition: His Theories and Legacies, article in Parameters (Spring 1996). Echevarria, Antulio J., The Trouble With History, article in Parameters (Summer 2005). Edmonds, Sir James, General-Field-Marshal Albrecht von Roon: The Begetter of the German Empire, article in the Royal United Service Institution Journal, Vol. XCII (Feb-Nov 1952). Etherington, Maj. SD, (R. Anglian), Gandamack revisited June 2003 (The Last Stand of 44th Regt. - Gandamack, Afghanistan 13 January 1842), article in The Infantryman 2006. Eve, Capt. P. Trustram, Corunna Revisited, article in the Rifle Brigade Chronicle for 1959 (London: 1959). Grant, Brig. Charles, The Use of History in the Development of Contemporary Doctrine, Chapter in The Origins of Contemporary Doctrine (UK Strategic and Combat Studies Institute (SCSI) Occasional Paper No. 30, September 1997). Gray, Prof. Colin, Clausewitz and the Modern Strategic World, essay in Contemporary Essays, SCSI Occasional No. 47, (SCSI 2004). Gray, Gp. Capt. Peter, (ed.), Military History into the Twenty First Century, SCSI Occasional Paper No. 43 (SCSI, December 2001). Hall, Dr. David, The Modern Model of the Battlefield Tour, article in the British Army Review No.130 (Autumn 2002). Hall, David, The Modern Model of the Battlefield Tour and Staff Ride: Post 1815 Prussian and German Traditions, article in the Quarterly Journal of the Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defence Academies and Security Studies Institutes, Vol. 3 (July 2002). Henderson, Brevet-Maj., Notes on Manoeuvres Round Metz, 1890, article in the Journal of the Royal United Services Institution, Vol. XXXIV (1890-91).


Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Hervig, Holger H., The Prussian Model and Military Planning Today, article in JFQ, Spring 1998. Hoschouer, Jack D., Von Moltke and the General Staff, article in the Military Review, No. 67 (March 1987). Hourihan, William J., PhD, The Cowpens Staff Ride: A Study in Leadership, article in The Army Chaplaincy, Winter 1998. (US Army Chaplaincy Department). Howard, Prof. Sir Michael, Military History and the History of War, essay in Contemporary Essays, SCSI Occasional No. 47, (SCSI 2004). Johnson, Mac, Study Time in Italy, article in [Canadian] Legion Magazine, September/October 2003. Kiszley, Lt-Gen. J., The Relevance of History to the Military Profession: A Personal Perspective, article in the British Army Review No.133 (Winter 2003). Krause, Michael D., Moltke and the Origins of Operational Art, article in the Military Review, No.70 (September 1990). Lee, Lt-Col. David B., USAF, War Gaming: Thinking for the Future, article in Airpower Journal, Summer 1990. Little, Maj. Thomas D., Logistics Staff Ride to Tunisia article in the ALMC Journal, May-June 2001. Lumley, Capt. JR (late 13th Prussian Lancers), On the Training of Prussian Officers, Their Promotion, and How Their Capabilities are Tested, article in the Journal of the Royal United Services Institution, Vol. XXV (1882). McGuire, Col. Mark A., Senior Officers and Strategic Leader Development, article in JFQ, Autumn-Winter 2001-02. Mackenzie, Brig. JJG, Surprise: the Neglected Principle, article in the British Army Review No.88 (April 1988). Martin, James B., 2nd COSCOM Staff Ride Teaches History, article in Ordnance Magazine, May 1990. Mason, Capt. Tim, RLC, Ex. Arrcade Bugle 2 The 2nd Battle of Sedan, article in the HQ ARRC Journal, Summer 2003. Maude, Capt. FN (RE), Moltkes Tactical Exercises, 1858-82, article in the Journal of the Royal United Services Institution, Vol. XXXVII (1893). Maurice, Maj-Gen. Sir JF, Round Foreign Battlefields, article in the United Service Magazine Vol. IX (1894).


Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Miller, Capt. P., The Bertrand Stewart Prize Essay 1989 The Value of the Study of Past Conflicts, article in the British Army Review, No.94 (April 1990) pp.4-14. Millar, Capt. CJ and Coyle, Prof. RG, A Mission Orientated Analysis of Operation Goodwood, article in the British Army Review, No.94 (April 1990). Morpeth, Maj. the Viscount, The Value of the Battlefield Tour, TEWT, Demonstration and Exercise FLODDEN A Territorial Army Battle 9 September 1513, article in the British Army Review, No.100 (April 1992) pp.64-72. Morris, Dr. Andrew N., Office of the USAREUR Historian, Attaining Maturity: the US Army and the Northern Shoulder of the Bulge, article in EURArmy Journal, Volume 2/1 (Winter 2005-6). Murray, Williamson, & OLeary, Thomas, Military Transformation and Legacy Forces, article in JFQ (Joint Forces Quarterly Magazine), Spring 2002. Pierce, John, Constructing Memory: The Vimy Memorial, article in Canadian Military History, Vol.1, Nos. 1 and 2 (1992). Pughe, Lt-Col. NM, A More Credible Concept of Defence, article in the British Army Review, No.54 (December 1976). Rawson, Lieut. HE, RE, Staff Tours of Foreign Armies, article in the Royal United Service Institution Journal, Vol. XXI (1878). Reid, Brian Holden, War Studies at the Staff College 1890-1930, SCSI Occasional Paper No. 1 (1992). Reese, Col. Timothy R. and Robertson, William Glenn, History With a Purpose, article in [US] Army magazine, July 2007. Reimer, Dennis J., Dominant Maneuver and Precision Engagement, article in JFQ, Winter 1996-7. Russell, Lt-Col. J., So Youve Been Told to Run a Battlefield Tour, article in Army Doctrine & Training News No.21 (Winter 2004/5). Ryan, Alan, Thinking Across Time: Concurrent Historical Analysis on Military Operations, Land Warfare Studies Centre Working Paper No 114 (Duntroon: Land Warfare Studies Centre July 2001). Schaefer, Capt. (Austro-Hungarian Army), Moltkes Staff Rides, article in the Royal United Service Institution Journal, Vol. LVII (August 1913). Scotter, Gen. Sir William, A Role for Non-Mechanised Infantry article in the Royal United Service Institution Journal, Vol. 125/4 (December 1980).


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The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) Colleville-sur-Mer Visitor Centre, Normandy for details of Cemetery visitor numbers. BBC Radio 4 documentary 29 June 2006, Imagining Albion. Fry, Michle, First World War Memorials and Cemeteries as Symbolic Landscapes in France and Belgium, essay (2000) at, accessed 1 June 2007.


Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources New Zealand Television News report on ANZAC Day 2006.,nz/view/page/423466/706374, accessed 28 January 20 Royal Signals Museum website,, accessed 1 March 2007. 6.2 Lectures and conferences See

All papers presented to the Past Futures Conference, held at RMA Sandhurst, June 2003 (proceedings subsequently published in Williamson Murray (ed.), The Past as Prologue (see above). Anderson, Dr. Duncan, paper presented to the conference on The Importance of the Study of Military History and its Impact in Contemporary Society, held at the Academia de Guerra del Ejrcito, Santiago, Chile, 24 November 2004. Papers presented to the 90th Commemoration of the First World War Conference, Leeds University, September 1994. Papers presented to the Second World War Experience Conference, Edinburgh University, September 1995 (proceedings subsequently published as Paul Addison and Angus Calder (eds.), Time To Kill: The Soldiers Experience of War in the West 1939-45; London: Pimlico 1997). Caddick-Adams, Peter, Footprints in the Mud: the British Armys Approach to the Battlefield Tour Experience, paper presented to the Society for Military Historys 68th Annual Conference, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, May 2001. Caddick-Adams, Peter, paper presented to the British International Studies Association (BISA) Conference, 17-19 December 2001. Caddick-Adams, Peter, Battlefield Tours and Normandy, paper presented to the Normandy: Sixty Years On Conference, University of Wolverhampton 1-3 July 2004. Caddick-Adams, Peter, Battlefield Tours and Battlefield Archaeology, paper presented to the National Army Museums annual Battlefield Archaeology conference, 27 July 2003. Morgan, Dr. Philip, paper presented to the Shropshire Archaeological Society, 11 January 2003. Thompson, Dr Stuart, The Role and Relevance of Battlefield Visits to the Military, paper presented to JSCSC lunchtime seminar series, 22 June 2006.


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Footsteps Across Time: Bibliography and Sources Robertson, William Glenn, The Staff Ride (Washington, DC: U.S. Army Center of Military History, pub. 70-21, First Printing 1987). Ferrand Sayre, Map Maneuvers and Tactical Rides (Springfield, MS: 1911). Schellendorf, Gen. Bronsart von, Duties of the General Staff [Der Dienst des Generalstabes (Berlin: E.S. Mittler)] (London: translated by the War Office Intelligence Division, HMSO 1893). Sette, Col. Dominic R., Staff Rides at the War College Prior to World War I: Their Use and Effectiveness, USAWC Military Studies Program Paper (USAWC Carlisle Barracks 30 March 1988). Terrell, Richard D., The Army War College Curriculum, Implications of Design (USAWC Study Project 1986). Steel, Capt. RA, Journal of a Visit to Manchuria After the War, Prepared in the Division of the Chief of Staff (Simla: The Government Monotype Office 1906). Waldron, William H., Tactical Walks (Washington DC: US Infantry Association, 1917). Author Not Cited, American Armies and Battlefields in Europe (Washington DC: Center of Military History, US Army 1992). Annual Report of the Superintendent of the US Military Academy (West Point, NY 1922). Annual Reports of the Commandant, US Army Service Schools, Ft. Leavenworth, 1906-1919. Army War College (US), Course in Military Art 1908-09, Exercises, Solutions, Discussions, Records of Attendance and Miscellaneous Papers, Vol. 2. BAOR Battlefield Tour First Day - Operation GOODWOOD, (BAOR: 1947). BAOR Battlefield Tour Second Day - Operation TOTALIZE, (BAOR: 1947). BAOR Battlefield Tour Third Day - Operation BLUECOAT, (BAOR: 1947). BAOR Battlefield Tour Fourth Day - Operation NEPTUNE, (43rd Division crossing of the Seine, 25-28 August 1944); (BAOR: 1947). BAOR Battlefield Tour - Operation PLUNDER, (BAOR: 1947). BAOR Battlefield Tour - Operation VARSITY, (BAOR: 1947). BAOR Battlefield Tour - Operation VERITABLE, (BAOR: 1947). Battle of the Aisne. 13th-15th September 1914. Tour of the Battlefield (HMSO: Southern Command, 1930). -533-

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Footsteps Across Time: Appendices

Appendix One Thank-you note from Gnral de Brigade Juin to the author