• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"The British Army were Lions led by Donkeys." Discuss.

Extracts from this document...


?The British Army were lions led by donkeys? Discuss. Roxy Kwong 8C (10) The First World War was one of the bloodiest wars that ever happened in human history. This War started on 1914 and ended on 1918. In this War, a lot of horrifying battles took place, for example, the Battle of the Somme. From a lot of these things the Generals did was then criticized because a lot of people believed the Generals were no good at leading the army, which on the other hand many people think the soldiers were really brave and compared them to lions. Using the some primary and secondary sources, several areas will be assessed to determine if the statement is true. In this essay, areas that will be assessed to determine that the leaders were donkeys are: lack of care to the soldiers and its poor tactics. However, some people think they were not donkeys because: they used tactics unwillingly while planning the war carefully. On the other hand, the soldiers did a lot of things to show they are lions like: overcoming their own fears and survived horrible conditions. ...read more.


Army?, which tells us the plan did huge damage to the Germans and a lot of them lost their faith because of it. But winning a war does not mean they were not donkeys because the Generals still butchered a lot of soldiers using these inhumane strategies that created huge damages on themselves. On the other hand, people think the British Generals were not donkeys because they were forced to use some tactics. Take the Battle of the Somme as an example, this battle was held because the Britain was trying to protect the French army. The French even build a statue to thank the British?s heroic act to save the French, which shows the leaders were not donkeys. Although the Britain helped France, but the Generals surely did not think about the soldiers? feelings as the soldiers may not want to fight for the French and a lot of them were unhappy about this. But, this act of saving the French helped Britain to win the war and therefore it was a right decision and they were not donkeys. ...read more.


This suggests that the British soldiers were brave and hoped to fight for his own country even if they knew they would die anyway. This let us knew they had true bravery, which is an act of a lion. But all soldiers are like lions. First, we have to know that lions carry pride in them. There were soldiers like Wilfred Owen who hated the war totally and wished he should not have been there were not acts of a lion. You may argue that there were poets like Rupert Brooke who loved war. But this is only because he only faced the beginnings of the war and did not know how horrible can war be. Therefore they were not lions. Lastly, there were a lot of soldiers who ran away from war, how could they be considered as lions? Although most of the people stayed and fought, the ones who ran away were undoubtedly cowards. To conclude, I think that there were a lot of cases to determine whether this statement was true or not. But I think both the generals and soldiers were lions as they fought really hard in the War. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Britain 1905-1951 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Britain 1905-1951 essays

  1. Were Lions led by donkeys in World war one?

    "The Germans had perfectly timed their responses to the start of English attacks. It took them less than thirty seconds to emerge from their dug-outs and man their machine guns." A.J.P. Taylor wrote this source in 1969 for the book 'War by Timetable'.

  2. Is the statement "Lions led by Donkeys" accurate? To answer this question, I will ...

    We won the war. So even though the Generals did a totally pathetic job, sacrificed many lives and gained a bad reputation but we still won the war? No matter how much we criticise the Generals, we cannot deny the fact that they won the war for us.

  1. How important were Haig's tactics in bringing an end to WW1?

    How important was war on the Eastern Front in leading to the end of World War 1? The term the 'Eastern Front' usually applies to the fighting between Russia and Germany but can also be applied to battles against Austria, Bulgaria and Turkey.

  2. How important was Haig's role in the successes and failures of the British Army ...

    Haig was also very good friend of King George V, which meant that Haig would get a good recommendation from him. Many people believe that if Haig hadn't had these friends there is a good chance that he would not have been promoted to Commander-in-Chief.

  1. "Lions led by donkeys". How valid is this interpretation of the conduct of British ...

    Now (Turning to the Regimental Sergeant-Major) what is the second difference?" Sergeant-Major: "The absence of the General, Sir" This source clearly supports the idea of "Lions led by Donkeys". It does this by showing that the General does not really have a clue what was going on and that they were absent from the battlefield.

  2. 'Lions led by Donkeys' Use The Information In The Sources And Your Own Knowledge ...

    The article is about the progress of the British army and how much ground they have gained and how many German trenches they have stormed. I think this article is evidence of propaganda during the war as if the British army was doing poorly they still would right positive comments

  1. 'Lions Led by Donkeys'. Using the information in the sources and your own knowledge, ...

    The first sentence is 'First German officer: The English fight like lions.' And the second sentence is 'Second German officer: Yes but they are led by donkeys'. This phrase is the base of my essay question which supports the idea of General Haig being the cause of the failure of British soldiers.

  2. The Battle of the Somme: Were Lions led by Donkeys?

    Consequently, the Germans were able to exploit their great tactical positions on higher ground when the British and French troops attacked at 7:30 am on Saturday 1st July 1916. In a way, the British artillery fire acted as an alarm bell for the German soldiers because they were extremely experienced and fully trained.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work