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Do sources D (i) and D (ii) provide any useful information for the historian studying Haig’s decision to attack Ypres in 1917? Explain your answer.

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Do sources D (i) and D (ii) provide any useful information for the historian studying Haig's decision to attack Ypres in 1917? Explain your answer. The main problem so to speak is that both of the sources have only looked at the situation within the trenches and have not looked at the main picture, which is that if they don't go on attacking the Germans the French army will collapse and the Germans will win the battle. Source D (i) is a very bitter account written by Trevor Wilson about a man who has told him his views and opinions about the situation in hand. ...read more.

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And because of this he has seen the Germans situation and is criticising his own side for everything that the Germans have as an advantage e.g. Dry trenches, ferro-concrete boxes and machine guns. He is also looking from the point of view as a man who knows he is probably going to be killed during one of these supposed useful attacks that Haig wants. But he cannot see the big picture so this means that his views on the situation are limited and are going to be very different to the one's of General Haigs because Haig can see the whole plan from his point of view. Source D (ii). ...read more.

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the front line and this is why I feel that he ha had to base his account on the evidence that he has got from soldiers that have been to the front line that he has spoken to in the reserve trenches. And after looking at this evidence I can see that the information from both sources D (i) and D (ii) is not actually relevant to the decision that Haig hade to make during the war, and that all this source can do is help you get a better idea of the atmosphere, conditions and generally give you a better picture of the trenches through the use of text. ...read more.

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