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Do these sources agree or disagree in their verdicts on the result of Haig's attack at Ypres in 1971? Explain your answer.

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Q5: Do these sources agree or disagree in their verdicts on the result of Haig's attack at Ypres in 1971? Explain your answer. These sources both agree and disagree in their verdicts on the result of Haig's attack at Ypres in 1971 however there are more differences than similarities. The sources are both written by Historians and at the same time so their verdicts are going to be based on many different views as highlighted by source I 'The Myriad Faces of War' therefor their verdicts have many similarities. Sources I and J both contain several similarities they both largely emphasise the fact that the morale of the troops was low 'severe fighting, was having a bad effect on morale of everyone concerned.' This was due to the lack of success; between July and November only four miles were gained. ...read more.

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This is similar to source J in that Warner feels that Haig's persistence was not justified, Haig was willing to sacrifice many men to eventually win the war. Source J is titled 'passchendaele' this source is directed directly at passchendaele where as Source I is based upon the many different views of war. Source J writes about General Von Kuhl, a German historian said 'the Flanders battle wore down the German strength to a degree which damage could not be repaired.' It also says that Haig was right in his judgement to continue with attrition. This is far more positive than Source I about the result of Haig's attack as it shows that it was not just the British morale which was low but also the German's 'Against the weight of the enemy's material, the troops [The Germans] no longer displayed their old stubbornness.' ...read more.

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to the sacrifice' Both sources open with a moderately positive start 'Haig's great effort' and 'The Australian historian is scrupulously fair,' they both agree on that morale was low. The British were holding Ypres as a symbol of morale and propaganda. They should have retreated behind the natural defence of the canal earlier to massively reduce casualties, however they only did this in 1918. The two sources both agree and disagree on the result of Haig's attack, they both emphasise the loss of morale however source J is very positive about Haig's actions, the source shows that Haig's methods were working whereas source I is highly negative about Haig's actions. I feel that the two sources disagree more on the result of Haig's attack as one is positive and another is negative about the result of the attack however they agree on the fact there was a heavy loss of morale in the allied forces. ...read more.

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