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World War One History Sources Question 1. When answering this question we must first consider many things. First of all I will analyse source A. It is a secondary source which means that lots of sources have been available to the writer before he wrote it, so he could of taken them all into account. The passage is also not likely to be biased because there was no need for it to be because the war was at stalemate anyway and British troops suffered heavy losses and the country knew that. Another reason for it not to be biased was that it was for educational use. Source A could also been a one off meaning that it could of been the only time that Britain's offences failed. We however know that it was not. This photo has limitations because it just depicts the battle of the Somme and. not the whole war. Source b is a primary source. The first question we must ask is, Is it staged? To answer this we must then think what is the purpose of this photo. ...read more.


3. Source D refers to Haig as being over confident in his tactics so he kept sending men over the top. It is from a book about the great battles of world war one. This means that statistics could have been used to write some of the book. The death tally for the battle of the Somme was very high but Haig controlled the whole of the western front, meaning that the battle of the Somme could have had much higher death tallies than other battles, leading the two interpretations of Haig to be different. His section could have done well but the other sections could have done badly and because all the deaths were added together this could have made him look bad. Source E was from a biography all about Haig where the purpose might have been to glorify his life. This source doesn't talk about Haig as a person, just about his tactics as a commander. Also as this book was all about Haig then more sources would have been considered when writing it. Sources from friends and family could also have been used, such as diaries and letters. ...read more.


Also the war was 80 years ago meaning that there could have been lots of change to the land. On the other hand there could not have been, so you don't know how much change has occurred. If you wanted to know about the effect of a bomb or the range of fire between the two sides then going to the battlefields is good, but if you wanted to know what it felt like to be in a trench, about to go over the top, then it wouldn't be very good. There are also limitations because the battlefields we went to stretched only 18 miles compared to the 450 miles of the western front. 6. There were several reasons why the war lasted so long some of these reasons were that there was a stalemate because of all the new technology mixed with old tactics. Also both sides tactics were very defensive with things such as barbed wire, trenches and sand bags etc. Now I will consider what the sources tell us about why the war lasted so long. First of all no source is evidence is completely useless, it all tells us something about the war, however small ...read more.

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