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"Haig was an uncaring general who sacrificed the lives of his soldiers for no good reason. How far do these sources support this view?"

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William Martin Assignment 2 Q: 6 "Haig was an uncaring general who sacrificed the lives of his soldiers for no good reason. How far do these sources support this view?" In the Question all the sources will be or relevance, some will support Haig and some will not. This is a summary of the sources that support the question. Source A was written a month before the attack and it is preparing the nation for the heavy losses and casualties that they will have to suffer. Winning is the main objective and it doesn't matter about the lives of his men. The whole source has a cold tone to it. In the second part of source B it claims that the battle is going well but it was only the first day and far to early to be drawing conclusions from it. From background knowledge we know that actually going badly but he still sent in more men to be killed. ...read more.

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This is analogy of how Haig will do anything just to gain a few miles of land, even kill thousands of men. Source E is about a British cartoon drawn in 1917 after the Somme offensive had finished. It is stating the fact that Haig never went to the front line to see what the men where actually having to fight in. "Major-General: 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 Sergeant-Major) what is the second difference? Sergeant Major: The absence of the General, Sir." Source F is in favour of the question but we don't know when it was written or who wrote it. The title of the book, "British Butchers and Bunglers of World" gives the impression of negativity, very anti-war, anti Haig and the battle of the Somme. ...read more.

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Also it is understandable that this man is so supportive of Haig. This general had lived his whole life in the army and had been taught to have complete faith in his commanders. Source I was written by David Lloyd George. It is very positive and supportive of Haig but at this point of David's life he was sectary of war. This meant that if the war was going badly he could be blamed. This source is also to keep moral high. The sources that support the stalemate out weight the sources that are against it. From background knowledge we know that Haig never visited the front line and was prepared to send men to there deaths in there thousands. He would send men over the top knowing that there were no gaps in the German wire. He would also send cavalry against machine guns, which was hopeless. The artillery was not set up properly and there was no element of surprise. The Germans would have always known about an attack. Also Haig was a very stubborn man. ...read more.

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