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In source B Haig says that the wire has never been so well cut. However this is contradicted in source C when Private George Coppard says that It was so thick that daylight could barely be seen through it

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History Coursework Question 2b Study sources B and C. Which one of these sources do you trust most? Source B is written by Haig himself so you would have thought it would have been exact information. But Haig doesn't appear to know the whole story it appears that he has been given the wrong information. He doesn't seem to know how many casualties there really where on the battle field. And he says that the troops where in 'high spirits' but if you think about it in all realisations the troops would not be in high spirits after the massacre of that day. ...read more.

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Source C was probably written around the time of the sixties. At this time public opinion of the generals was not very high. It was easy for the public to blame the generals for all that went wrong during the First World War. Private George Coppard tells us how the barbed wire was not cut properly to the pointy in which light could not shine through it. He describes how as many soldiers were dieing on the barbed wire as they were on the ground. The tone is almost mocking the preparations of the attack and does not have a good word to say about it. ...read more.

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In source B Haig says that the wire has never been so well cut. However this is contradicted in source C when Private George Coppard says that 'It was so thick that daylight could barely be seen through it. How did the planners imagine that Tommie's would get through the wire? Who told them that artillery fire would pound such wire to pieces? Any Tommy could have told them that shell fire lifts wire up and drops it down, often in a worse tangle than before.' Tommie's being the soldiers who fort in the war. Therefore I find source C more trust worthy as its first-hand witnessed knowledge, as George Coppard was present at the battle, and Haig was not. I think that what Private Coppard is saying is much more reliable that Source B. ?? ?? ?? ?? Rose Worrall ...read more.

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