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Study source's J and I. Why and I do you think J and I differ about the battle of the Somme? Sources J and I were both written by Lloyd George. Source I was written on the 21st of September in 1916, (In the middle of the war, 2 months in to the battle of the Somme which would last for 5 months) after he had visited the Battlefield. This source was a private letter to Haig. Straight away, we can tell Lloyd George has an important part to play in the war as he was the secretary for war during the Somme. This meant he was in overall charge of the war. He had to work and support Haig no matter what. ...read more.

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The difference is source J was written 14 years after the other source (the war memoirs book was written in the 1930's) when war was over in 1918. Lloyd George, say's in this source that we only one because of the American entry to the war in 1917 that lead to the starvation of Germans. "This offensive was already a failure" shows Lloyds true feelings of the battle. However, why would he write such a negative source compared to I? The main reason why this source is such a contrast is that he had nothing to lose now. The war was 12 years (1914-1918) ago at the time when he wrote the book in 1930 which was written after he had became prime Minster. ...read more.

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source I was written after ?only two months of a battle which lasted three months so anyone's ?opinion was bound to change. In addition, in I he is commenting after having ?visited the battlefield and there is a possibility that he was only ?shown parts of the trenches and not given the full picture of how the ?battle was going. The purpose of the two sources is different but what I can tell is the people true opinions come out in time when there is less pressure and more hindsight. Even when the war ended in 1918 Lloyd George was under pressure to support a harsh peace treaty. However, maybe Haig was under pressure as well during the Somme battle. Lloyd George (1863-1945) was one of the great reforming British chancellors of the 20th century and prime minister from 1916 to 1922. ...read more.

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