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That this year is still the 100th anniversary of World War 1 seems to have escaped many people. 1918 was a momentous year, beginning with the onslaught of German Spring Offensive as their armies, freed from the Russian conflict, turned to the west. Thanks largely to a restored Haig’s strategy and British fighting ability the offensive failed after two weeks. It was the beginning of the end for the Germans. Within 6 months the war was over. Victory had been snatched from the jaws of defeat. But the cost had been enormous, totalling nearly 180,000 British casualties – in just […]
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Mad Management: Leaders (not) learning the lessons of history, especially in the Public Sector  “Good morning, good morning!” the general said, when we met him last week on the way to the line. Now the soldiers he smiled at are most of ’em dead, And we’re cursing his staff for incompetent swine.  “He’s a cheery old card”, grunted Harry to Jack as they slogged up to Arras with rifle and pack . . . But he did for them both by his plan of attack. This was Siegfried Sassoon’s bitter poem about the World War I battle(s) of Arras. By […]
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