Since December 2015 General William Robertson has been serving as the Chief of the Imperial General Staff, making him Britain’s most senior army officer. Robertson’s rise to this exalted rank is quite an achievement, as he joined the army originally as a private. Robertson has been close to Haig, Britain’s Western Front commander. Although their relationship has frayed somewhat, Robertson has endeavoured to shield Haig from the criticisms of Britain’s politicians.
Unfortunately Robertson is unable to protect his own position. Today he finds himself reassigned to a more junior role as a result of a dispute with the government over the inter-Allied Supreme War Council in Versailles. Robertson’s replacement is Henry Wilson, an Anglo-Irish general known for his love of political intrigue.
Robertson’s departure leaves Haig in an exposed position. The bloody slaughter of Passchendaele has seen Lloyd George lose confidence in the Western Front commander. Unfortunately there is no obvious candidate to replace him and with a German offensive imminent now is not the time to put a new man in charge. Haig looks like his post is secure for the time being.
Henry Wilson (Wikipedia)