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Haig Question F

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Introduction

Charlotte Gittings 'Haig was an uncaring general who sacrificed the lives of his soldiers for no good reason'. How far do these sources support this view? I have studied all of the sources and sorted them into the sources that support the view, don't support the view and the ones I am unsure as to whether they support the view that 'Haig was an uncaring general who sacrificed the lives of his soldiers for no good reason'. Source A comes across as though it is trying to prepare the nation for the losses it is about to endure "The nation must be taught to bear losses". I don't think that Source A implies that Haig did not care about his soldiers lives; he is just trying preparing the nation for the casualties that there are in a war. He is trying to put across the point however well prepared your soldiers are there is nothing the army can do can stop people dieing in the war "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". ...read more.

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I am unsure as to the category I should put this source in as it has no blatantly obvious clues. The source just insinuates that Haig is a man who likes his alcohol and would make a large sacrifice for such a small thing "Haig is about to make yet another giant effort to moves his drinks cabinet six inches closer to Berlin". The "yet" in this statement is a key point as it shows us that Haig has done something similar to this before. This source is also meant as a humorous one "You mean the moment has finally arrived for us to give Harry Hun a darn good British style thrashing, six of the best, trousers down?" so as you can see Source D is in the unsure category as there is nothing pointing to the statement 'Haig was an uncaring general who sacrificed the lives of his soldiers for no good reason'. Source E is a cartoon published in a magazine in February 1917. This source is also meant as a humorous one. But is infact having a dig at not only Haig but other generals "The absence of a general sir". ...read more.

Conclusion

So as you can see this source disagrees with the statement 'Haig was an uncaring general who sacrificed the lives of his soldiers for no good reason' because all this source does is praise Haig and his success. Although this source could be very biased as it was written by another British general despite this it still disagrees. Sources I and J are both written by Lloyd George, but at different time periods. Source I for example was written in 1916 and congratulates Haig "I congratulate you most warmly on the skill with which you plans were laid." Obviously Lloyd George thinks Haig is doing a good job. But does he? Is Lloyd George just writing to Haig in a positive manor because what he says is published or is he telling the truth? Well we won't know. In contrast with source I, source J says how Lloyd George "Expressed my doubts to General Haig as to whether cavalry cold ever operate successfully" so here he is being very contradictory. Source I disagrees with the quote 'Haig was an uncaring general who sacrificed the lives of his soldiers for no good reason' but source J is one I am unsure whether it agrees or disagrees. ...read more.

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