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Battle Of The Somme Coursework 3

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Battle of the Somme Coursework- Question 5 This question is asking me to study Sources I and J, and then to comment on why I think that these sources differ about the Battle of the Somme. I shall start by elaborating the whole of Source I by adding fact to theory. This Source was written by Lloyd George to Haig on September 21st, 1916, after visiting the battlefield. At the time of writing this, Lloyd George was Secretary of war, which meant that he was responsible for war. Throughout he is trying to boost morale, and tries to make the Somme out to be a complete success, "... confirmed our hopes that the tide has now definitely turned in our favour." Tanks were used for the 1st time on the Somme, to attack the village of Flers. There were 50 altogether, by the end of the attack, approximately half had broke. They had been brought out to use too quickly and they had problems such as their tracks, steering and mechanical problems. Although, the tanks were rather successful as this village was taken. The Germans retreated. ...read more.

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Lloyd George would not have put in danger his career for accusations against Haig when Haig was alive, although he would shift the blame onto him when Haig is dead as he has no way of retaliating. Battle of the Somme Coursework- Question 6 This question wants me to study all the sources and then to say how far the sources support this view, "Haig was an uncaring general who sacrificed the lives of his soldiers for no good reason." I shall carry out this task by comparing all the sources individually to the statement. Source A is realistic as it does not do any good to Haig; it shows support for this argument. It shows this when he states, "No amount of skill... will enable victories to be won without the sacrifice of men's lives." Here he makes it seem as though that he is expecting his men to die, whereas a good general would go on to say that they would try to their best efforts to prevent many deaths. He completely rejects this point by going on to say that "the nation must be prepared to see heavy casualty lists." ...read more.

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At the Y-Ravine it was shown that dugouts there were like homes. At least one has been proven to carry a piano inside, and all were described quite highly of. It shows the Germans were totally safe. The Newfoundland Park, and also the Danger Tree, were prominent landmarks for the Germans as it was an easy place to attack more of the enemy in a shorter time. Where saying "Very successful attack this morning. All went like clockwork", he does not know what really happened, only a good side to it. This shows the lack of care for his men. Source C was taken from an interview with Private George Coppard, a while after the war. Coppard was present at this battle; therefore he was an eye witness. Many would say that he knows more about the battle than the Generals, as he is showing ideas never used in the war, where they should have been, "How did the planners imagine that Tommies would get through the wire?... Any Tommy could have told them that shell fire lifts wire up and drops it down, often in a worse tangle than before." It could be said that Haig was an uncaring General as he did not fully investigate into their enemy's tactics, and also their own. If he did, the casualty lists would be less. ...read more.

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