Frederick B. Maurice

British Army general and writer (1871–1951)

Major-General Sir Frederick Barton Maurice, 1st Baronet DSO (19 January 187119 May 1951) was a British general, military correspondent, writer and academic. He was Director of Military Operations on the British General Staff, 1915–1918, and famously forced to resign his commission in May 1918 after writing a letter to The Times criticising David Lloyd George for making misleading statements about the strength of British forces in France. He also founded the British Legion in 1920, and served as its president from 1932 to 1947.

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  • As a soldier who has spent a quarter of his life in the study of the science of arms, let me tell you I went into the British Army believing that if you want peace you must prepare for war. I believe now that if you prepare thoroughly and efficiently for war, you get war.

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