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I believe that General Haig's, statement on his interpretation of the importance of the battle of the Somme is not a valid one because

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Task 2 23rd March 06 How Valid Is This Interpretation of The Battle of The Somme I believe that General Haig's, statement on his interpretation of the importance of the battle of the Somme is not a valid one because of the fact that Haig had the motive to lie and some of the statements he made where untrue. I will back this belief up in the following essay. The first major point that General Haig makes in his interpretation of the battle of the Somme was "German soldiers are now practically beaten men, ready to surrender". This basically is saying that the Germans soldiers were ready to admit defeat, which inevitability sent German moral spiralling down. This could be a valid statement because the German soldiers had sustained huge casualties (164,055) and moral was low because of this; however I don't believe that this statement is valid because there is no evidence that proves that the German soldiers were ready to surrender. There was no sign of mutiny in the German camp, which is usually a sign of surrender. Also Haig seems to ignore the fact that British morale is also low at this time. ...read more.

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On the other hand there is evidence that this statement was not valid, as if the Germans had been forced of a defensive position as Haig states then why did the war continue for two years after the battle of the Somme? I think Haig is trying to make out he is doing his job properly by forcing Germans to change there tactics but there is no evidence to prove this. The final major point that Haig made about the Somme was " The German casualties have been greater than ours" this statement could be valid because the British casualties have been estimated at 415,000 and the German casualties have been estimated at 450,000 to 600,000 and it is known to be closer to 600,000 than to 450,000. If Haig meant "ours" as in allies then our total loss will have been greater or close to the German casualties list as the French lost 195,000 and this added onto the British total gave a much larger figure of 610,000 lost allied casualties. But this again does not support Haigs understanding to the battle. ...read more.

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and his poor tactical decisions (was it a big push or a war of attrition) and this gave him the motive to lie and the reasons to suggest that the Somme was a greater success that it actually was as his job was on the line. In conclusion I believe that General Haig's interpretation of the battle of the Somme is not a valid one because the amount of truth written in his statement is widely questionable " the German soldiers being ready to surrender" for example. Also he gives us no reason to believe that any information is valid as he does not back up statements with statistics or facts " the German casualties have been greater than ours" in this statement there should be figures of German casualties vs. British to make it a more believable comment. Haig was exaggerating to make his position look better " we have proved our ability to force the enemy out of a strong defensive position" which again is over exaggerated and there is no evidence to prove that it is true. So therefore I personally believe that Haigs interpretation of the battle of the Somme in a non-valid one. Written by Lauren Hazard ...read more.

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