Byng of Vimy, General and Governor General

B2175

The author has written what must be regarded as the definitive biography of an effective soldier and Governor General who was highly regarded by those who served with him but who was also controversial and not regarded with as much favour by the Establishment. Those interested in WWI generally, and the land battle of the Western Front in particular, will greatly enjoy this biography, but it will also appeal to those with interests in politics, the Empire, Canada and statehood. The writing style is engaging and the illustrations add greatly to the book’s interest.

The reader will not only enjoy the book and its excellent supporting illustrations, but gain fresh insights into all of the places, people, conditions and politics touched beneficially by Byng. A Great Read!!

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NAME: Byng of Vimy, General and Governor General
DATE: 180315
FILE: R2175
AUTHOR: Jeffery Williams
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword,
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 399
PRICE: £16.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWI, The Great War, 1914-1918, The Old Contemptibles, The Contemptable Little Army, Mons, fighting retreat, battlefields, monuments, cemeteries, welfare, morale, recognition, politics
ISBN: 1-47382-382-X
IMAGE: B2175.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: The author has written what must be regarded as the definitive biography of an effective soldier and Governor General who was highly regarded by those who served with him but who was also controversial and not regarded with as much favour by the Establishment. Those interested in WWI generally, and the land battle of the Western Front in particular, will greatly enjoy this biography, but it will also appeal to those with interests in politics, the Empire, Canada and statehood. The writing style is engaging and the illustrations add greatly to the book’s interest.

Field-Marshall the Viscount Byng of Vimy did receive official recognition in his title and rank. He was regarded with affection by those who served with him and under him because he treated them with respect and knew them. He began with reforms of dress and conditions of his own regiment, the 10th Royal Hussars, and continued this enlightened approach through the terrors of the Western Front, leading the Canadian Corps and the 3rd Army in the first major tank battle at Cambrai. He was sent to Gallipoli to turn a failing campaign around but he very quickly understood the serious problems and recommended a withdrawal against the wishes of Churchill and Kitchener. He pressed his assessment and won, then planning a very successful withdrawal that has few rivals in the history of war.

Byng could been have highly regarded for his military service as a commander in WWI, but he was to then undertake an inspired service as Governor General of Canada and later to reform the Metropolitan Police, while fighting a wasting illness. It is a fascinating story of singular achievement in several fields and provides valuable insights that have been under-recognized.

Byng’s Period of service as Governor General of Canada was of great service to Britain, the British Empire and to Canada. Until the outbreak of WWI, when many things began to change for ever, the British Empire had developed in a unique way, enriched Britain, but also contributed much to the colonies and protected territories. What it had not done was continue the development of relations between Britain and the territories around the world. There was a point with each territory and community/society when the administration of Empire failed to take adequate notice of the developing aspirations. The most terminal point was the relationship with the American colonies and inevitably lead to separation. Canada had however remained loyal to Britain and managed to adequately respect the French-speaking areas. It deserved similar developing respect from Britain. Fortunately it was Byng who was sent. He had a perceptive and sensitive side to his personality and appreciated the changes large and small that were required to meet Canadian aspirations and maintain relations between Britain and what was a fully functioning new nation.

The reader will not only enjoy the book and its excellent supporting illustrations, but gain fresh insights into all of the places, people, conditions and politics touched beneficially by Byng. A Great Read!!

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