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HAIG Sources A,B,C are valuable in different ways some have comical and some have serious meanings. secondary sources, source A is from the British magazine called Punch which reported on the news at the time in a humorous manner. The source contains an image that shows a Major General addressing the men before practising an attack. He says, " I want you to understand that there is a difference between a rehearsal and the real thing. There are three essential differences: first the absence of the enemy now" turning to the Regimental Major " what is the second difference?" the Regimental Major reply's " the absence of the General ,sir." This show unrest in the ranks. This source tells us that the difference between a rehearsal and the real thing is the absence of an enemy and the absence of the general. This has some truth because around that time some people would say that the army where "LIONS LEAD BY DONKEYS". Which also comments on the general's behaviour commanding the front deep in safety miles away being in essence cowards (donkeys). This source in conclusion would be useful to an historian studying the attitudes of British soldiers towards their commanders. ...read more.


This would have been added to a news paper as a compassion to what other people view of Haig would have been. Most viewed Haig as a callous and uncaring man. I believe that Haig was in a difficult position and the only option would have been to shell them to death but then would have to send men other top. It not as if It was just English men that died many other races suffered many loses. The overall tactic of the war was flawed not just the generals. When it was realised that you could not win a war with just numbers the unnecessary deaths stopped. This source is useful for several reasons because is shows a different view and also shows how biased different sources can be. This is understandable when so much death occurs people want a person to blame when you can not blame one man for a countries choice. Question 2 Sir Douglas Haig who many regard as the man who sent many men to there death is still recognised as the person that help the war greatly and served his country well. John Keggan Suggests that Haig was a "an efficient and highly skilled soldier who did much to lead Britain to victory in the First ...read more.


He help to win a war for Queen And Country Which he was to do until " it became clear that he could not attain his objectives by continuing the offensive" David Lloyd George Source G Source K contains my view that you can not blame Haig for the war that is to much for one man he was a product of his time and military experience. if he would have been replaced would it have been better. Both sides were not ready to face each other in war using old tactics in a war were people could be killed like flies. Haig was used to house back rifles not tanks and canons. In conclusion there is a lot of evidence to show that Haig was a highly skilled and solider. Source k does not support this but does give the fair and most no biased account of Haig. I think Keegans interpretation of Haig is slightly optimistic but I don't believe that it would have been any better with another commander. There is a lot of evidence to show that his ranks were unsettled but I think that the situation not dislike of Haig. In the end a number of mistakes made by many people contributed to the half a million causalities suffered by the allies. ...read more.

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