The British Field Marshals, 1763-1997: A Biographical Dictionary
Although the grade of Field Marshal was technically created in Great Britain in 1736, the rank was seldom encountered before the 20th century, due to the relatively small size of most British armies. As part of its post-Cold War re-organization, the British government has announced that it will create no new Field Marshals, making this study of the 138 marshals created since 1736 the definitive reference for the foreseeable future.
The large armies of the First and Second World Wars required the leadership of numerous Field Marshals. Men of many different temperaments and from many different stations in life have held the rank of Field Marshal. Douglas Haig of World War I and Bernard Montgomery of World War II embodied the officer from a well-to-do background while William Robertson of World War I and William Slim of World War II were known for their long and steady progression through the ranks. Each Marshal is covered in a candid and detailed biographical essay. In addition to their military accomplishments, the more human, and not infrequently eccentric, side of the Marshals is covered, making for some interesting military reading in addition to the volume's value as a reference work.