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How far do these sources prove that Haig did not care about the lives of his men?

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General Haig: Butcher or war winner? Question 1 How far do these sources prove that Haig did not care about the lives of his men? From 1914 to 1918 World War one took place it was known as the great war. One of the most famous battles was the battle of the Somme this took place on 1st July 1916 and is one of the most remember able battles ever thousands of people British, German and French lost their lives. The man that was in charge of the planning of the battle of the Somme was Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig, he had served in Sudan and South Africa previously before as a Cavalryman. Most soldiers that often win battles for their country are very famous, But in Haig's case this isn't so. Although he won a great victory for his country he is not remembered by many people as a national hero. ...read more.


"heavy casualties" He is saying that he knows that a lot of people are going to die but he still doesn't say anything about stopping it. But on the other hand he is trying to get the public to face the fact that yes many men are going to die but at least they will be giving up their lives for their country. He is simply stating the obvious because he knows that this is going to be a full scale war from his experience and that their was going to be massive consequences and that it would be really bloody. My opinion is that this source doesn't suggest any thing about the question he is just following orders from people who are higher ranked than him. Source 3 is another extract written by Haig from his report of the first day of the attack. "The men are in splendid spirits" This infers that he knows about how the soldiers are doing but in reality he doesn't really he just saying what the public want to hear. ...read more.


I think that this source does prove that he didn't care about his soldiers but not completely it shows that he wasn't even really bothered about them as he was just wining and dinning while his men where out fighting for his country. Source 6 and 7 are just Mickey taking out of Haig From source 6 "Clearly Field Marshall Haig is about...six inches closer to Berlin" This infers that the soldiers know that they are going to fight but they know that it isn't going to get them anywhere. Source 7 is a cartoon taken from a punch magazine and it Shows in a funny way how they know that Haig even though he is their leader and tells them what to do he is never actually their to help them fight along side with them. Overall all of these sources together I don't think that their is enough evidence to say that Haig didn't care about his men, I think that yes he may have done a few things wrong but not so much as to inherit a name like Butcher. ...read more.

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