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Does Haig deserve the nickname Butcher of the Somme?

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Does Haig deserve the nickname ?Butcher of the Somme?? There are various reasons why Haig deserves his nickname ?Butcher of the Somme?, on the first day of the Somme he led ?57,000 men to slaughter?. Haig was given the responsibility of these men, and therefore their lives. Due to his poor organisation ?no one quite knew what they were doing?, he left his men sitting targets for the German machine gunners. Haig?s lack of organisation also meant the British didn?t reach the front line in time. Due to the ?slow pace of the British? the Germans were able to emerge from their dugouts and set up their machine guns. This now meant the British were up against a highly defensive German army who were prepared for the British arrival; whereas ...read more.

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Even though he was advised by an expert that they did not have enough to launch an attack, Haig still put forward an attack. ?The British had 49 tanks but only 15 took part in the battle?, This was because they either got stuck or broke down before they even got to the battle field; this links in with Haig?s poor organisation skills to control his army, leading weak tanks and their crews into slaughter. However, despite all of Haig?s faults in the war, many things were over exaggerated about him. In 1915 the British and French leaders decided to launch a joint offensive on the Germans. If this was to take place they would have to do it on the French/British sectors, this being the Somme. ...read more.

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But since it was necessary to relieve French pressure at Verdun, he was ordered to continue on with the Somme. People also do not take into account that defensive and offensive technology was different then. There were far better ways of killing people than preventing troops from being killed. This meant Haig was doing what every other army was doing; he just came up against a better equipped army, whereas he was left with one with little to no experience. In conclusion perhaps Haig does not deserve his nickname ?Butcher of the Somme?; he understood and recognised flaws in the British/French offensive, but when pointed out, little notice was taken. Over the war the French and Germans had more mobilised men killed than the British; so if Haig was a ?Butcher?, what nicknames would have been given to the French and German generals? Adam Harris ...read more.

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