The Forgotten General by Jock Vennell review

By Matthew Wright In Books

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12th November, 2011
It is around six years since I heard Jock Vennell was writing this book and abandoned my own plans to write a bio­graphy of our most famous unknown general. Major-General Sir Andrew Russell led a brigade at ­Gallipoli and New Zealand’s division on the Western Front in 1916-19. A local boy made good, the Hastings pastoralist was known to a generation as “Our General”. Yet he has attracted virtually no attention from historians. His command has been studied overseas – it is hard to go past Christopher Pugsley’s ...

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