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How useful are sources A, B and C to a historian studying the attitudes of British Soldiers to their commanders during the First World War?

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How useful are sources A, B and C to a historian studying the attitudes of British Soldiers to their commanders during the First World War? Use sources A to C and knowledge from your studies to answer. The wartime Generals have been greatly criticized for the mistakes made during the First World War. People blamed the generals because they made decisions that got millions of people killed while they sat in bunkers a safe distance away from the fighting. This issue was so controversial that films were made about it and also a very famous book called "Lions led by Donkeys". Assessing these sources, I will find out how reliable they are and what the soldiers thought of their generals at the time. ...read more.

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This source only tells us that the general public at the time either thought that or were under the impression that the generals were not very good. Source C, a statement by Earl Haig, the son of Douglas Haig, although to some extent he is trying to protect his father he puts across some valid points. He says that the soldiers during the war never criticized the generals, it was only the people after the war that started to criticize them. He also said that serious historians were coming to the view that the war had to be thought to the end, people like Dr Gary Sheffield who wrote the book "Lions Led by Donkeys?" was one of the historians that that agreed with this. ...read more.

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At the end of the day this program was designed to make money and make people laugh otherwise it would not have been a success, they would have changed things and used the opinion of the public to get the laughs they needed. Although none of these sources are really that reliable source, C is probably the most reliable. I already know from my studies that people after the war blamed the generals for the mistakes and loss of life, and that people during the war did not really complain, so this shows that source C is at least telling part of the truth. Overall these sources are not really that useful for finding out the opinions of the old soldiers. A part of a soldier's diary would have been better or something else similar would have been a lot more useful. Jacob Parker 11 Turner ...read more.

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