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Does Douglas Haig deserve the nickame of The Butcher Of The Somme?

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´╗┐Does Douglas Haig deserve the nickname of The Butcher of the Somme? World War One (1914-1918) was a war that truly did change mankind showing them what the harsh part about life is. World War One was also known as the Great War?but with the loss of whole generations of men what was so ?Great? about it? The war consisted of many individual battles. Even though they were all significant in their own areas, a battle that really made a huge difference was the Battle of the Somme, where the British suffered 420,000 casualties. The Battle of the Somme was amongst the largest battles of World War One, fought near the River Somme in northern France. The purpose of this battle was to draw German forces away from the battle of Verdun. The commander for the British army was Douglas Haig, and he was later nicknamed as ?The Butcher of the Somme?? But what happened that got Haig the nickname, and did he deserve it or not? ...read more.


Most of Haig?s critics are some of his own young soldiers, who complain that Haig himself never visited the front lines himself, and this way he could never empathise with the soldiers, rather he was safely, situated 50KM behind line in the trenches. Furthermore, many say that Haig had failed to realise and accept the difference between trench warfare and the battles where he had trained and made his name as such a fantastic general, in paces such as the Boer War. Additionally, Paul Fussell (in his book ?The Great War and Modern Memory?) gives his opinion on Haig saying that he was stubborn, arrogant and inflexible, and even though the Allies won the war Haig will always be remembered as a villain. He further states, that Britain was only successful due to braveness and courage of young soldiers. As they say, every good story has two sides. And this story is no different. Putting aside all those negative comments, there are positive ones as well. ...read more.


?Everyone learns from their mistakes? This term applies to Douglas Haig as well. In my opinion Douglas Haig tried his best to adapt to change. Even though he was trained in a completely different war style, Haig tried to adapt as much as he could, hence the reason his troops were successful. Even though he made mistakes and they had horrific consequences, Haig made up for his mistakes later on by opening the Poppy trust. In my opinion Douglas Haig is a true hero, because of the things he did to fix the errors he made in his past. Furthermore, I think that no one should really be blamed for all the lives that were lost in the war, because that is an obvious factor of war. While Douglas Haig was nicknamed ?The Butcher of the Somme?, he was also nicknamed ?Master of the Field?. This proves the point that Haig did have a lot of good in him and the ability to win. Personally, I think that General Haig did not deserve a nickname such as ?The Butcher of Somme? because death really is unpredictable and no one should be blamed for it, and after all, The British troops did win. ...read more.

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