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How well had Haig's background and previous military experience prepare him for command of the British army in 1915?

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History Coursework How well had Haig's background and previous military experience prepare him for command of the British army in 1915? There were many things that affected the way that Haig approached a battle and the tactics he used to determine the win or loss. There is also the fact that believed in Cavalry warfare and therefore thought that they were the best way to win a battle. This was a problem since times had changed and the army was being modernised with tanks and vehicles. In other words, his faith of a victory was mainly invested in the cavalry. Douglas Haig was born in Edinburgh in 1861. From the beginning of time Haig had a great love for horses and it came as no surprise when he decided to join the cavalry. He was educated at Clifton College and Brasenose College and later Oxford. This tells me that he had the decency in him since he did get into Oxford, which doesn't let any other p In 1884 he went to the Royal Military College at Sandhurst and passed in less than a year and as well as this was awarded the Anson Memorial Sword. ...read more.

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From 1899-1902 he was in the Boer War in South Africa. He was appointed to command the 17th Lancers during this war and eventually returned to England as a Colonel. This showed that on this war he was noticed as a worthy officer and was promoted. In his next job he was under the service of Lord Kitchener and together they hoped to revive the cavalry back to its old state. While doing this work he was again promoted to Major General. In 1915 Haig had his hardest test yet when he was confronted with numerous activities. First he commanded the first army through Neuve Chapelle, Aubers Ridge and Loos. Though all of these battles were losses, Haig was promoted to Chief-in-command of BEF. This was a big step in his life and gave him command over Britain's main infantry defence. There would have been many things that affected the way Haig approached a battle and one of these would have been his military experience. The fact that he had been in so many battles would allow him to be in positions twice and no what mistakes not to make. ...read more.

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As Sir Llewellyn Woodward said, 'Haig's knowledge of his profession was sound and solid; he was a man of strong nerve, resolute, patient, somewhat cold and reserved in temper, unlikely to be thrown off his balance either by calamity of success. He reached opinions slowly and held them.' My conclusion and final answer to this question is that in many ways Haig was unsuited for the job yet at the same time many things made him perfect for the job. Though we look back now and think it was a bad choice, I think if we empathised and went back to that time, we would see that the choices were simple and he was by far the best recruitment for the times and knowledge. Maybe he did make some bad choices; even if the odds were all against him he would still send men in, in order to promote a battle. All of these things contribute to how badly he led the armed forces. However in the end he had some successes. ?? ?? ?? ?? Angus Bolton ...read more.

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