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Haig- Question A

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Introduction

Field Marshall Haig: "The Butcher Of The Somme" How far does Source A prove that Haig did not care about the lives of his men? Source A was written by General Haig in June of 1916, a month before the battle of the Somme. The Source could be interpreted as Haig not caring for his men as he shows a hardened and reckless outlook, this can be seen when Haig says "The nation must be taught to bear heavy loses". It can be seen that Haig did not care for the lives of his men in many ways, one of them is it seems like he is planning for deaths and seems very unsympathetic towards the thought of this. ...read more.

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Haig wrote this Source with honesty, showing compassion and that he must care for his men not to lie about them. Haig was also a very religious man and would have been comfortable with the idea of sacrificing men for the good cause and sake of the war and his country. Source B was written by Haig in two pieces, the first was written the day before the battle of the Somme and the second part of the Source was written on the day of the attack. The first part of the Source is inaccurate, as Haig claims that the barbed wire has "never been cut so well" this is not true as an extract from an interview with Private George Coppard says that "It was clear that there were no gaps in the wire". ...read more.

Conclusion

Haig could be denying the truth in this Source, by trying to cover up his mistakes by written a positive review of the first day of the battle. Haig may have written this Source incorrectly for a purpose of boosting moral along the front line, as many men would not be aware of the situation along the whole front. This shows he may have cared for his men by trying to up their spirits. In conclusion he is writing for a purpose in both Sources A and B, although for two different reasons. Source A was written for the purpose of informing the public to be "prepared to see heavy casualty lists" whereas Source B would have been written for the purpose of boosting moral. This in itself does not prove that Haig did not care for the lives of his men. ...read more.

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