This book illustrates the relationship between British military policy and the development of British war aims during the opening years of the First World War. Basing his work on a wide range of unpublished documentary sources, David French reassesses for the benefit of students and scholars alike what was meant by 'a war of attrition'.
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Introduction. 1. The Ententes and the Security of the British Empire 2. Maritime Operations, August- October 1914 3. Russia, Turkey and the Balkans, September - December 1914 4. The Search for an Entente Strategy, December 1914 - February 1915 5. The Constantinople Agreement, Italu and the Collapse of the Asquith Government, February - May 1915 6. The Asquith Coalition and the Policy of Attrition, May - August 1915 7. Men, Money and Munitions: Mobilizing the British Economy for War in the Summer of 1915 8. Britain and the 'Drang nach dem Osten', 1915-16 9. Britain and the Development of the Entente's Policies in the Winter of 1915 - 16 10. Verdun to the Somme, February to June 1916 11. From the Somme to Bucharest, July - August 1916 12. The Strategic Background to the Collapse of the Asquith Coalition 13. Conclusion: Victory or Bankruptcy?