WWI: Civil-Military Cooperation & Planning for Mobilisation

Research Paper Title

Henry Wilson and the Role of Civil-Military Cooperation during the Planning of British Mobilisation for War, 1910-1914.

Abstract

In August 1910, Henry Wilson became head of the Directorate of Military Operations (DMO) at the War Office.

This small and isolated directorate was responsible for planning the mobilisation scheme to be employed by the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in the event of war, making Wilson the man most connected to the ‘With France’ plan that propelled the BEF onto what became the Western Front.

Over the previous six years, following the signing of the Entente Cordiale between France and Britain, successive Directors had developed mobilisation schemes within the narrow confines of the military; however the creation of such proposals could not remain a solely military concern if a practicable plan was to be produced.

The evolution of modern, machine-intensive, industrial warfare brought with it the establishment of an army requiring quantities of men, munitions and equipment incomparable to previous British military experience, all of which required transportation across both land and sea.

Document

Henry Wilson & the Role of Civil-Military Coop during the Planning of British Mobilisation for War, 1910-1914 (Phillips, 2013)

Reference

Phillips, C. (2013) Henry Wilson and the Role of Civil-Military Cooperation during the Planning of British Mobilisation for War, 1910-1914. Available from World Wide Web: https://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/media/universityofexeter/collegeofhumanities/history/exhistoria/volume5/Philips_Civil-military_cooperation_115-135.pdf. [Accessed: 17 July, 2015].

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