Never Call Retreat: Theodore Roosevelt and the Great War by J. Thompson

By J. Thompson

The 1st sleek account of Theodore Roosevelt and the 1st international struggle, it is a story of conflict and politics in addition to the personal tale of real love and relatives devotion: a narrative as multi-faceted as TR's personal character.

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10 Though also small by continental standards, the British Expeditionary Force was well trained and its morale high. 12 Ten days after Britain joined the war, Arthur Lee, who as a former army officer and sitting Unionist member of Parliament was very well informed, reported to Roosevelt the part he and his country had played so far. Lee’s country house, Chequers, he confided, was being turned into a convalescent home for wounded soldiers, under the command of his wife, Ruth. ” On the war fronts, Lee had the highest confidence in the navy and reported that Winston Churchill, whom he knew the Colonel disliked, had “greatly distinguished himself” as civilian head of the Admiralty.

It was extraordinary to see the “frank methods by which the Teuton sets out to destroy, and, to do him justice, his leaders and philosophers for the last generation never took the trouble to disguise what their methods would be. ” The English, Kipling told TR, were frankly “aghast” that the United States had not even made a protest. 47 In September, the early battlefield misfortunes of the Allies were reversed when their armies successfully rallied and counterattacked in what came to be called the First Battle of the Marne.

Petersburg to Tehran, which made him extremely well qualified in 1913 to become ambassador to the United States. Unfortunately, Spring Rice suffered from Graves’s disease, a thyroid disorder that left him irritable and prone to verbal outbursts when under stress—not an ideal combination with which to face the often delicate matters that became routine once the Great War broke out. 15 Nevertheless, he remained one of the English friends who would be TR’s pipeline of war news over the next years.

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