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Lieutenant-General Sir John French (1852–1925)

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Sir John French was in overall command of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) when it landed in France in August 1914, at the outbreak of the war. He was an experienced general who had skillfully commanded cavalry during the Boer War (1899–1902). But, like many other generals of his generation, he found modern warfare far more challenging, a problem that was compounded by his lack of staff training and mercurial temperament.

National Army Museum





oil on canvas


H 102 x W 76 cm

Accession number

NAM. 1973-06-58

Acquisition method

gift from Mr T. Gwyn Jones, 1973

Work type



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