By Alan John Percivale Taylor
A reevaluation of Bismarck's factors and strategies, targeting the chancellor's upward thrust to energy within the 1860's and his elimination from place of work in 1890.
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Closer to home, Kitchener alone decided what British troops were available. His estimate of British reserves was colored by his opinion of the large reserve force in Great Britain—the Territorials. Kitchener’s stuffy professionalism led him to exclude the Territorials from any proposed expeditionary force to the Balkans. “A Town Clerk’s Army”25 was his contemptuous dismissal of it. Kitchener was wrong. When sent into action on the western front, they fought well. ”26 To seize the initiative from the generals in the West, Lloyd George wanted to send Allied troops to the Balkans as soon as possible.
Their forces, he argued, were tied down by the Russians. Furthermore, if only Greece were coaxed to join the Triple Entente by the presence of Allied troops, it was not worth the effort. In a final hit at Lloyd George’s scheme, French suggested that conditions were so primitive in Serbia that British soldiers would have a difficult time adjusting. Lloyd George spoke often and forcefully during the discussion. He wanted immediate action. ” Yet nothing was being done while the Germans acted. 26 LLOYD GEORGE AND THE GENERALS The political advantages of an Allied force being sent to Salonika seemed so overwhelming that the War Council overruled the commander of the British Expeditionary Force.
36 At the conclusion of his busy day, Lloyd George was almost certainly relieved that the government had at long last displayed some firmness of purpose. British battleships would soon swing into action at the Dardanelles. His pet project, however, remained at dead center. His efforts had been largely responsible for the War Council’s general approval of intervention in the Balkans. Even Churchill agreed that the first available soldiers should go to Salonika—not to the Dardanelles. But it was obvious that as long as Kitchener counseled delay and the French opposed the venture no decisive action to win over the wavering Balkan states would be taken.