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Study sources A & B. How far does source A prove that Haig did not care about the lives of his men? Explain your answer using the sources and your own knowledge.

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Study sources A & B. How far does source A prove that Haig did not care about the lives of his men? Explain your answer using the sources and your own knowledge. Source A implies Haig does not care about the soldiers because he mentions that "The nation must be taught to bear losses" and "The nation must be prepared to see heavy casualty lists." This suggests that Haig is not very sympathetic towards the soldiers and their families. Also in source A he doesn't say anything about the soldier's feelings and morale which also shows that he isn't very in touch with them. ...read more.

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This basically says that however well trained and well equipped the men are, there will still be many losses on both sides and that they would not be able to break the enemy lines without huge casualties. The origin of source A enhances its reliability because Haig helped plan the battle, so he would have an idea about how many casualties there would be. Also, if this was a piece of private writing it would make it more reliable because he would be less likely to lie to himself if he was the only one to read it. ...read more.

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Also he isn't that likely to go down to the frontlines to see what it is like himself so he may have had someone else's report which would have made it less reliable. Plus, Haig might have made it sound really good because it was the first day of the battle and many people would want to hear of a success. Overall I think that source does not prove that Haig does not care about the lives of his men, but that he is thinking realistically about what will happen to his man in the next days. ?? ?? ?? ?? David Green ...read more.

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