General Monash (letter)by Chris RuleNews Weekly
, May 12, 2007
Thank you for Bill James's review of The Great War
by Les Carlyon (News Weekly
, March 17, 2007). It is the best of four reviews of the book which I have read.
I would like to comment on the suggestion by Carlyon that the Canadian commander-in-chief Arthur Currie “was possibly an even greater leader than the Australian corps commander, lawyer and engineer Monash”.
I have recently read Roland Perry's book about Monash in which Perry, obviously a fan, builds a case for Monash having been a great military leader - in fact, the man who won the war.
I know next to nothing about Currie, but I note that the great English Historian, A.J.P. Taylor, in his book The First World War: An Illustrated History
(Penguin Books, 1966), in his only mention of Monash, says that he was “the only general of creative originality produced by the First World War” (page 232).Chris Rule,