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Title: A history of 119 Infantry Brigade in the Great War, with special reference to the Command of Brigadier-General Frank Percy Crozier
Author: Taylor, Michael Anthony
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2017
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119 Brigade, 40th Division, had an unusual origin as a 'left-over' brigade of the Welsh Army Corps and was the only completely bantam formation outside 35th Division. This study investigates the formation's national identity and demonstrates that it was indeed strongly 'Welsh' in more than name until 1918. New data on discipline and the social background of men and officers is added to that generated by earlier studies. The examination of the brigade's actions on the Westem Front challenges the widely held belief that there was an inherent problem with this and other bantam formations. The original make-up of the brigade is compared with its later forms when new and less efficient units were introduced. Training is identified as key to success in battle. The controversial Frank Percy Crozier commanded the unit for most of its active service and the study examines the often-quoted books by Crozier putting them into context and concluding that they must be used warily as source material. The study advances the view that Crozier, while not an easy man to like, was an efficient and effective commander during the Great War and not the 'callous and overbearing martinet' often portrayed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: D501 World War I ; DA Great Britain