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'Lions led by Donkeys' Use The Information In The Sources And Your Own Knowledge How Valid Is The Interpretation Of The Conduct Of The British Soldiers And Generals On The Western Front.

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'Lions led by Donkeys' Use The Information In The Sources And Your Own Knowledge How Valid Is The Interpretation Of The Conduct Of The British Soldiers And Generals On The Western Front. In ones opinion the phrase 'Lions led by Donkeys' is a valid interpretation of the British army during the first world war. In 1914 stalemate occurred; when both sides of the army could not make any progress. This interpretation was given General Haig decided on a full offensive in the battle of the Somme which caused enormous casualties thought to be caused by the arrogant Generals. One can argue that this interpretation is not accurate and that the Generals were not arrogant as they did win many battles but in this case of the stalemate there were not many options. Source A is a phrase often attributed to certain German commanders of the First World War. This source says 'the English soldiers fight like lions but they are led by donkeys. ...read more.

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Making it easy for the German army to kill them as they were well organized and had good leaders how would not run away when war started. Source D is a piece of writing by Private P. Smith who fought on the western front in 1916. From this source we can tell that everything was not going according to plan as the piece of writing tells us that the cream of British manhood was shattered in less than six hours. We see from this quote that the British army was in big trouble but was this all the doing of the generals disappearing. It was not all the doing of the generals. The piece of writing tells us that Douglas Haig was to blame for this slaughter of British man hood. The soldiers had very strong views on what should have happened to Haig for what he had done. Private P. Smith said he should have been hung drawn and quartered. The source also tells us that the soldiers at war were not very happy. ...read more.

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Source G is a simple part of list of how many soldiers were killed or wounded from the Sheffield Pals Battalion on the first day of the Somme. Source G is a from the war memories of Lloyd George. It says that it was not his fault in putting Haig in charge of the army as he did not know that he was unequal to command an army of billions. George is also blaming Haig for what happened. As he killed off most of the British army and nearly ruined the whole country. I have come to the conclusion that the lions were led by the donkeys from what I have seen from the sources above. Haig had his own ideas of doing things but they went terribly wrong he was too arrogant to see it, which cost most of the lives of many British soldiers. The soldiers had the confidence to fight but the generals made it very hard for them to do anything constructive which would help them make progress. H/W FAISAL AMIN 01/05/07 1 ...read more.

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