Uneasy Coalition: The Entente Experience in World War I

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The problems in connection with the termination of the war and the resulting Peace Conference are the basis for Chapter 9.


INTER-ALLIED COMMITTEES

The conduct of such a huge coalition, 79 which embraced continents and included millions of soldiers, was fraught with difficulties. These included complicated transportation problems, maintaining the supply of raw materials for industry and food for the armies and the civilian population, the recruitment of the required labor force, propaganda and problems of morale among the soldiers and on the home front, medical care, assistance to neutral countries, and so forth. Handling these considerations demanded the establishment of inter-Allied committees. They were gradually formed as the need for coordination in a particular field became evident. Twenty- five such committees are listed in Appendix C. 80 However, it is quite possible that there may have been others.


NOTES
1.
Supra, p. 9.
2.
Winston S. Churchill, The World Crisis 1911-1918, London, 1964, pp. 333-34.
3.
Lord Maurice Hankey, The Supreme Command 1914-18, vol. 1, London, 1961, p. 140.
4.
See pp. 49-50 of this volume.
5.
Ferdinand Foch, The Memoirs of Marshal Foch, New York, 1931, pp. 162-63.
6.
Maurice Paléologue, Am Zarenhof während des Weltkrieges, vol. 1, München, 1925, p. 106; Jurij N. Danilov, Rußland im Weltkriege 1914-1915, Jena, Germany, 1925, p. 107.
7.
Hankey, vol. 1, p. 274.
8.
David Lloyd George, War Memoirs of David Lloyd George, vol. 1, London, 1936, p. 240.
9.
Ibid., pp. 240-41.
10.
Lady Algeron Gordon Lennox, ed., Diary of Lord Bertie of Thames 1914-1918, vol. 1, London, 1924, p. 107; Raymond Poincaré, The Memoirs of Raymond Poincaré, vol. 4, New York, 1931, pp. 26-30 passim.
11.
Sir Charles Edward Callwell, Experiences of a Dug-Out, 1914-1918, London, 1921, pp. 222-23.
12.
Lloyd George, vol. 1, pp. 328-30 passim.
13.
Hankey, vol. 1, p. 347.
14.
Hankey, vol. 1, pp. 347-48; Poincaré, vol. 4, p. 182; Charles Bugnet, Foch Speaks, New York, 1929, p. 225; Danilov, pp. 530-34; Sir Frederick Maurice, Lessons of Allied Cooperation: Naval, Military and Air 1914-1918, London, 1942, p. 20; Joseph Jacques Césaire Joffre , The Personal Memoirs of Joffre, Field Marshal of the French Army, vol. 1, New York, 1932, pp. 380-81.

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Table of contents

  • Recent Titles in Contributions in Military Studies ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction ix
  • 1 - Suggestions for a Typology of Wartime Coalitions 1
  • 2 - Prewar Planning Between Allies and Potential Allies 7
  • Notes 19
  • 3 - Particularistic Interests in the Coalition 21
  • Notes 41
  • 4 - Human Relations 45
  • Notes 70
  • 5 - Coordination Conferences and Coordination Bodies 75
  • Notes 97
  • 6 - General Reserve and Unified Command 101
  • Notes 117
  • 7 - Amalgamation of Forces 119
  • Notes 129
  • 8 - Logistics and War Finances 131
  • Notes 149
  • 9 - Alliance on the Peace Path 153
  • Notes 167
  • 10 - Conclusions and Lessons 169
  • Notes 176
  • Appendix A Members of the Alliance 177
  • Appendix B Sessions of the Supreme War council (SWC) 179
  • Appendix C Inter-Allied Committees 181
  • Bibliography 183
  • Index 187
  • About the Author 193
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