A Study of the Troop Leading of Lord Kitchener at the Battle of Paardesberg
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS COMBAT STUDIES INST
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In order to have a clear Understanding of the incidents surrounding the battle of Paardesberg ani Lord Kitcheners participation therein, it is desireable to have a slight knowledge of the characteristics of the participants and of some of the events leading up to the battle. When Lord Roberts was designated as Commander in Chief in South Africa, he personally selected Lord Kitchener as his Chief of Staff. Lord Kitchener was at that time in his 50th year. He had been for the past several years in Egypt where he had gained his principal military experience and where he had gained a considerable reputation for powers of organization, administration, resolution and driving force. At this time the British Army had no staff in the sense that it later became known. The duties of the staff and particularly the Chief of Staff were according to the desires of the commander. Lord Kitchener was used by Lord Roberts not so much as a staff officer to work out his plans and convey his orders, but rather as a right hand man, in the fullest confidence of the commander, and as one who could be trusted with important missions and trusted to represent the supreme authority in any contingency. His particular qualifications seemed to supplement and complement those of Lord Roberts.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics