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General Haig: Butcher or War Winner?

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General Haig: Butcher or War Winner? In this piece of writing I am going to compare sources 1 to 7 and see if they prove that General Haig did not care about the lives of his men. I will start by answering the question and then I will talk about each source, commenting on its good and bad points and how reliable the source is. Do decide how reliable a source is we need to look at who wrote it, when it was wrote and what the source was meant to do, for example it could be to entertain. I think that these seven sources are not enough to prove that Haig did not car about the lives of his men. Source 1 is a photograph of Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig; he is wearing military honours, showing that he was a knight and that he had fought in earlier wars. This picture is not very helpful to this particular question, but still I will try and explain it. A helpful thing it does have on is the fact that he is wearing military honours which tell us he had fought in earlier wars. This is helpful because we can tell that he had experience and that if he wasn't a good soldier and leader he would never have made it that far up the British ranks. ...read more.


The artillery had failed. Thousands of lives would be lost because the men could not break through the barbed wire and had no cutters with them. In other places the Germans concentrated all their firepower on where the wire was cut, knowing the British must come out that way.' Depending on which one you believe answers the question, one tells that Haig was a war winner, and one tells the opposite, he was a butcher. Although this extract may also be biased but in the other way, because the man who wrote it was bound to feel hatred towards the commanding offices for the war and battle its self. Source 4 people think is a very reliable source, I think it is probably reliable but I still think it would be biased becuse as I mentioned earlier, the soldiers would feel resentment towards the commanders. Also this was written years after the battle and with the effects of war, like shell sock, the man may not have got all the facts right. 'Hundreds of dead were strung out on the barbed wire like wreckage washed up on a high water mark. Quite as many died on the enemy wire as on the ground. It was clear that there were no gaps in the wire at the time of the attack. ...read more.


The final source, which is source 7, is another fictional piece of information. Although this one was from Punch Magazine in 1917. Obviously this is going to have fiction in it to make it fun for the readers to read, but I think that Punch tried to put the truth across in their cartoons to the British public which were left in the dark to the true horrors of the war, so I think we can use it as a reliable source. Although the source doesn't specifically talk about Haig, form it we can tell that, generally Generals did not care about the men under their command. Overall I think that we do not have enough sources to say whether General Haig did not care about his men, but I do think from my contextual knowledge that Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig did care about his men, he just didn't really put into action the things, which I believe, were right. I also think that people purposely forget the good things that he did at the Battle of the Somme, and I think they only concentrate on the number of the dead, and so people call him the Butcher of the Somme who did not care for his men, which I strongly disagree with. make it fun for the readers to read, but i ource 4 people think i r the war and battle its self. her way, because the man who wrote it was bound to feel hatred towards t ...read more.

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