HAKING A Dutiful Soldier XI Corps Commander 1915-18: A Study in Corps Command

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General Sir Richard Cyril Byrne Haking, GBE, KCB, KCMG commanded XI Corps in the First World War, and was damned as a boneheaded bungler for his bloody and botched attack at Fromelles in 1916. Arguments over the late release of Haking’s Corps on the first day of the Battle of Loos were instrumental in forcing the resignation of Sir John
French as Commander-in-Chief of the BEF. Haking is remembered chiefly for the high casualties suffered by his forces (including many Australian troops) at the second Battle of Fromelles, launched while the Battle of the Somme was underway 80 km to the south, although. Although blocked from further promotion he continued to command XI Corps – including in Italy in the winter of 1917-18 and in Flanders in April 1918 – until the end of the war.

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