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Study source A. do you agree with this interpretation of the importance of the battle of the Somme? Use the source and knowledge from your studies to explain your answer

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Question 2 Study source A. do you agree with this interpretation of the importance of the battle of the Somme? Use the source and knowledge from your studies to explain your answer Source A shows us part of the report from General Haig to the British cabinet in 1916 Haig is informing the cabinet about the aftermath of the battle of the Somme. Haig is writing to the cabinet to tell them about the battle of the Somme and to also justify his actions and tactics during the battle. Haig realises that Lloyd George the Prime Minister of the time could be critical of his actions so he tells them that everything in the battle is going fine and that Britain is winning the battle he comes across confident to save his job. ...read more.

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It demonstrates his confidence in the past and future events on the western front. Haig possible hopes that if he shows his confidence politicians and soldiers will have more confidence in him. Haig is writing this with the view of keeping his job. However, these statements are just Haig's views and opinion with no actual facts. Haig has never visited the front line himself he was always in his headquarters so this shows that the decisions made by Haig were influenced by unreliable intelligence and that he was being misinformed. In his report Haig doesn't show any negativity throughout but he admits that the amount of land gained was not great but that the soldiers have shown that they can drive the enemy out of strong defensive positions. ...read more.

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however both sides lost a lot of solders and a lot of their morale. Finally Haig doesn't comment on their never being a significant breakthrough the German lines and we know this because battles continued on the western front during 1917 and the war continued till 1918 In conclusion source A is very subjective and biased throughout. This isn't surprising when General Haig was practically writing the report just to save his career. In the report Haig just talks about the positive points of the battle and doesn't mention the negative ones Haig tried his best for his country but it wasn't enough his tactic of attrition was clearly the wrong tactic to use which he failed to acknowledge I don't agree with source A as General Haig doesn't give a full account of events. ...read more.

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