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Does Sir Douglas Haig deserve to be included in a list of "Butchers and Bunglers" of the First World War? Field Marshal Douglas Haig was born on the 19th June 1861. He was a British soldier and senior commander during World War I. He commanded the British Expeditionary Force from 1915 to the end of the War. Most notably he was commander during the Battle of the Somme, the 3rd Battle of Ypres and the series of victories leading to the German surrender in 1918. Haig was the son of John Haig, who was head of the family's successful "Haig & Haig" whisky distillery. Haig studied at Brasenose College, Oxford. He left without a degree, partially due to sickness. He graduated the following year in 1884 as an officer. Was Sir Douglas a Butcher or a Bungler of the First World War? Historians have varying views with many reasons to support either theory. There are many reasons saying that he should be included in a list of Butchers because he sent thousands of men to their deaths at the battle of the Somme believing that there was every chance of success, and there are many reasons saying that he should be included in a list of bunglers because he believed that he was right about things even though his most trusted men told him otherwise, he misunderstood the battlefield, mainly because he was never at the battlefield. ...read more.

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He's is saying that the first day went perfectly even though there were 40'000 injured and 20'000 dead! "While Haig slept in a cosy bed in a quiet country chateau and dined on the best food available, his men lived in muddy, noisy trenches sharing their bully beef and biscuits with big, bloated rats. It apparently did not bother Haig that his war was so much more comfortable than that of the men he commanded." Written in 1988 in a biography of Haig by Gerrard De Groot. De Groot is saying that while Haig sits 40 miles away from the battlefield his men have to live in mud and share their cold food with 'bloated rats' and are under constant threat of being shot or bombed. "I view with the utmost pain this terrible killing of our troops. We have not gained in a month's fighting as much ground as we were expected to gain in the first two hours. We have not advanced two miles in a direct line at any point . . . nor are we making for any point of military importance; it is all open country which can easily be defended by the use of trenches." A personal memoir written by Winston Churchill MP in August 1916 Churchill is saying that so far we are losing this battle and is not going as planned. ...read more.

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But he was certain this would work and wouldn't take no for an answer. "We were told to walk over. Walk. This in itself was stupid. And you had to go over in a line, walking. That was a stupid idea. But, Still, we had to do what we were told." Frank Lindley of the Barnsley pals explained the orders in a T.V. programme (1980s) Here Lindley is saying that the order to walk across no mans land was one of the stupidest orders he'd been given, and he is questioning the orders of the commanders but still he had to do what he was told. Field Marshall Douglas Haig is criticised for his actions and orders at the Somme because nit is believed that victory could have been achieved without the death of so many 'Tommie's' and that he sent so many to their death to gain only a few metres of land to only lose that in the next German offensive. People believe that he made some silly and mistakes in his authority. The main People who seem to be criticising Haig is the men that he commanded. I think this is because his orders sent so many to their death and they had seen so many of the friends and family die beside them and also that they had to live in such awful conditions while he lived 40 miles away from the front line. ?? ?? ?? ?? Connor Mincher Mr Leeman 11N Connor Mincher Mr Leeman 11N ...read more.

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