Military Commanders of World War One

Military Commanders of World War One

The military commanders of World War One are often criticised for their incompetence, and recklessness. Public opinion has changed since the nation mourned the death of Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig’s death in 1928; many people now argue that the troops were “lions led by donkeys”.

Despite their portrayal as upper class and incompetent leaders, the job of a military commander was not an easy one. Many were from a traditional cavalry background and were unused to the challenges of modern warfare. Many commanders were also willing to take an active role in fighting. For example, Brigadier-General Frederick William Lumsden was awarded a Victoria Cross for leading artillery and infantry teams whilst under heavy fire.

Great Britain France Germany
Douglas Haig Ferdiand Foch Paul von Hindenburg
David Beatty Joseph Joffre Erich Luderndorff
John Jellicoe Philippe Petain Erich von Falkenhayn
Jackie Fisher
Henry Rawlinson

MLA Citation/Reference

"Military Commanders of World War One". 2015. Web.