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History Coursework a} By studying source a it proves that Haig did not care about the lives of his men, you can tell this because he says that "the nation should be taught to bear losses", he also goes on to say that no matter how good his army is, the sacrifice of men's lives is definite. Haig must have said this because he knows that his plan will be unsuccessful and that many men's lives will be lost, and he wants to prepare the nation in advance, but then Haig goes on to say in source b that the attack has gone very well and the "Germans are surrendering freely". Haig is trying to keep morale high by telling the nation that everything is running like clockwork. Haig is now saying this to keep spirits up after what he said previously in source a). The purpose of source a) was to prepare the nation for the worst; he has already told everyone that many lives will be lost, so they cannot enquire afterwards. b) After reading both sources b and c, in my opinion he would trust the extract written by private George Coppard because unlike Haig he was actually at the front line and witnessed the attack for himself, although this mans experience might have ...read more.

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then you have to look at who the source was written by- a British general, would he want to give a fellow general a bad name? So basically if this source was to be trusted then it would definitely be in Haigs favour. I don't think that source (f) can be proved wrong but at the same time I don't think that it is one hundred percent correct, as it may have been written by a biased person, sources (g) and (h) were written for a purpose, and this purpose was to get people to back Haig in what he did. e) I believe that sources (I) and (j) differ about the battle of the Somme because although both extracts were written by the same person, time periods are very important because one was written before the war and Lloyd George praises Haig for his actions saying that he has to congratulate him on the skills that his plan was laid. It was Lloyd Georges type that got Britain involved in the war so obviously he would do his up most to make it look like he is doing really well because it makes him look like the hero. ...read more.

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Source (h) was written by a fellow British general he says that "Germanys spirit of resistance was broken" he says that Haigs army had complete confidence in him, how could they have so much confidence in him when he was never present at the time of an attack? I think that the general lied in order to give Haig a good name, the same kind of thing happened in source (I) which tells us that the war had turned in the British favour and how Lloyd George congratulates him on his skills shown, but then after the war had finished he said that he couldn't understand some of the decisions that Haig had taken. My conclusion is that Haig was not as bad as some people said, but he did make unnecessary moves which unfortunately cost the lives of hundreds of men, Haig should have spent more time planning his moves and not rushing into things without any thought. He should also have been present at the battlefields so that he would have been able to give out first hand advice, but Haig did do a lot of good for the British because good general or not he did win the war. Unfortunately Haig did lie and he did this to gain peoples respect if he hadn't of lied would he of earnt the respect he was given? ...read more.

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