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Edmund Allenby

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Military Personnel

The Resume

    (April 23, 1861-May 14, 1936)
    Born in Brackenhurst, England, United Kingdom
    British field marshal
    Commanded the Egyptian Expeditionary Force (EEF) during World War I
    High Commissioner of Egypt and the Sudan (1919-25)
    Named 1st Viscount Allenby (1919)

Why he might be annoying:

    He failed the entry exam for the Indian civil service twice.
    He was a strict disciplinarian and martinet.
    The men serving under him nicknamed him 'The Bloody Bull.'
    He was sent to the Middle East theater largely because of his constant feuding with Field Marshal Douglas Haig.
    He reportedly predicted that people would have to visit a war museum to learn about him but T.E. Lawrence would become a household name.

Why he might not be annoying:

    His son died in an artillery bombardment on the Western front.
    The soldiers of the EEF tolerated his strictness and rigidity because he inspired confidence, unlike his predecessor.
    He won his battles with far less bloodshed than other WWI commanders.
    His coordinated use of mobile infantry, cavalry and aircraft was a precursor to the blitzkrieg tactics of World War II.

Credit: C. Fishel

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Year In Review:

    In 2023, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2022, Out of 2 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 11 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 1 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 1 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 1 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 6 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 2 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 12 Votes: 58.33% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 14 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 4 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 9 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 17 Votes: 47.06% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 20 Votes: 70.0% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 12 Votes: 41.67% Annoying