Was Allied Leadership Effective

Topics: World War II, World War I / Pages: 4 (1252 words) / Published: May 7th, 2015
Was Allied Leadership Effective?

By Isaac Ng

World war one started in 1914 when the prince of Austria-Hungary was assassinated, supposedly by the Serbians, This led to Austria-Hungary declaring war on Serbia and causing all of the allying countries to join in, such as Russia, Britain, France and Germany. The ally between the Germans and the Austria-Hungarians was called the Axis while the ally between Russia, Britain, and France was called the Allied Leadership. Many historians believe that the Allied leadership was very effective, such as Gary Sheffield in his article “Lions led by Donkeys?” while many other historians believe that Allied Leadership was ineffective, such as Geoffrey Norman in his article “The Worst General”. The purpose of this essay is to discuss the effectiveness of the Allied Leadership. Allied Leadership was very effective because of three main reasons. There reasons are because of the effective use of technology, the creation of great tactics and the open-minded generals that were in the Allied Leadership. Allied Leadership was effective during the First World War because of their great use of technology. The Allies applied both advances and standard technology in their defences, offences and their airborne methods. Many defences that the Allies used were first to use barbed wire to slow down the on-coming enemy and to have tranches so that it would be more difficult for the opponents to target them. Since the barbed wire would have slowed down the Germans and the Austria-Hungarians, the use of the machine gun was crucial to gun down the advancers before they could reach their destination. The use of mortars was also very effective to bombard the enemy’s trenches and to minimize their troop capacity. The Allies used multiple offences during their offences. Many defensive weapons could also be used to attack such as the trenches to provide shelter, the mortars to bomb the opponents’ trenches and machine guns to provide cover for the

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