© 2000

Leadership in the Trenches

Officer-Man Relations, Morale and Discipline in the British Army in the Era of the First World War


Part of the Studies in Military and Strategic History book series (SMSH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. G. D. Sheffield
    Pages 29-40
  3. G. D. Sheffield
    Pages 135-164
  4. G. D. Sheffield
    Pages 165-177
  5. G. D. Sheffield
    Pages 178-179
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 180-270

About this book


Why, despite the appalling conditions in the trenches of the Western Front, was the British army almost untouched by major mutiny during the First World War? Drawing upon an extensive range of sources, including much previously unpublished archival material, G. D. Sheffield seeks to answer this question by examining a crucial but previously neglected factor in the maintenance of the British army's morale in the First World War: the relationship between the regimental officer and the ordinary soldier.


army First World War Front

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.King’s CollegeLondonUK
  2. 2.Joint Services Command Staff CollegeUK

About the authors

G. D. Sheffield is with the Department of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Leadership in the Trenches
  • Book Subtitle Officer-Man Relations, Morale and Discipline in the British Army in the Era of the First World War
  • Authors G. Sheffield
  • Series Title Studies in Military and Strategic History
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2000
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-65411-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-39696-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-59698-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIV, 270
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Britain and Ireland
    Military and Defence Studies
    History of Military
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"...Sheffield's study is impressive for its scholarship, and always presented with verve and interest" - Albion, Tim Travers

"Anyone interested in any aspect of military history can read this work with profit, any specialist in the First World War must study it." - Journal of Military History