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General Douglas Haig

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General Douglas Haig was born on June 19, 1861. Haig was born in Edinburgh, the son of John Haig, who was head of the family's successful Haig & Haig whisky brewer. He went to University that was unusual for an officer. He didn't graduate which was quite common for men. The next year he did graduate and then was granted a special nomination to the British Military Staff College, despite being colour-blind. ...read more.


During the war Haig helped organise the British Expeditionary Force. He was the general of the British army in France. One of his plans was when the Germans were almost occupying Verdun that was thought to be the French's most fortified and protected town in France. He decided to take the mainly British army up to Somme where there were less Germans and they could overrun through the lines. ...read more.


In the end, it was a disaster, more than a million men died and the British only gained 6 miles. After the war, in 1919 Haig was created 1st Earl Haig and received the thanks of both Houses of Parliament and a grant of �100,000. Haig died, aged 66, on the 29th of January 1928 and was given a state funeral on the 3rd February. Haig's Ranks > Lieutenant (February 1885) > Captain (1891) > Major (1899) > Lieutenant-Colonel (1901) > Colonel (1903) > Major-General (1904) > Lieutenant-General (1910) > General (November 1914) > Field-Marshal (1 January 1917) ...read more.

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