General Sir Alexander Godley has been blamed for the failure of attacks at Gallipoli and at Passchendaele. Prominent New Zealand historian Terry Kinloch considers the case for and against this controversial British general.
General Sir Alexander Godley commanded Australian, British and New Zealand soldiers in two of the most disastrous battles of The Great War: the August 1915 offensive on Gallipoli, and the attempts to capture Passchendaele in October 1917. To many Australians and New Zealanders, Godley’s alleged ineptitude was the root cause of these failed attacks. But, is this fair?