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GCSE COURSEWORK FIELD MARSHAL HAIG: HERO OR BUTCHER? 1) The message the writer is trying to give is "The day goes well for our patriotic heroes." Which means the British newspaper on July 2 1916 were trying to tell the people of England, the British army are doing well in the war. "Our" means as in our men and use that word when they are doing well in the war. "Patriotic" means proud of their country. The cartoonist are showing a "British Army" hand punching a German over a map of the Somme. They are indicating that our Army are doing well in the war and that they are just about to win. They are also showing how strong the British Army is. Also back then they did not have any news reports they could of lied to keep up the hopes of British people back home. 2) The British launched an attack in the Somme area in 1916 because they had two objectives. The first one was to relive pressure on the French Army at Verdun and was to be obtained by the combined British and French offensive. ...read more.


No amount of skill on the part of the higher commanders, no training, however good, on the part of the officers and men, no superiority of arms and ammunition, however great, will enable victories to be won without the sacrifice of men's lives. The nation must be prepared to see heavy casualty lists." Which means no amount of good weapons or good training can win the war without the men fighting in the war and giving their lives to make their country proud, also the British Army were in a hurry to get their act together they were under experienced commanders but at least when haig said " The nation must be prepared to see heavy losses" the doctors and nurses were prepared and ready. On 30 June 1916, the day before the attack started he wrote "The men are in splendid spirits. Several have said that they have never before been so instructed and informed of the nature of the operation before them. Which means that they are in splendid spirits because they have the chance to make their country proud and that they have never before been so well instructed. ...read more.


Which could be incorrect because the book was published by the British government, and they would want you to think that the German suffered more casualties than the British and the French. 7) I think Sir Field Marshall Haig had his good and bad times. Sometimes he was a good commander and sometimes he was a butcher. Haig was a good commander for the following reasons:- * He lead the only Army to beat Germany * He lead the British Army, who made the German Army in the end plead for peace. * 1918 British Army were better than the German Army because haig had learnt from his mistakes eventually. Haig was a butcher for the following reasons:- * Army wasn't ready for war, he sent untrained men on the battle field. * Caused 57,000 injuries and 19,000 deaths * Did not think about his men at all * Was accused for not caring for his men Haig accused for being man responsible of the bloodiest war in history. In conclusion I think Sir Field Marshall Haig was a bad commander and a cruel human- being as he did not care for anyone but himself. By Gavinder Johal ...read more.

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