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The First world war - source questions on Field Marshall Haig.

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Assignment 2: The First world war - source questions on Field Marshall Haig. Answer A: Source A does not necessarily prove that Haig did not care about the lives of his men. What it suggests is that Haig was to use tactics, which would involve the death of a fair number of men, no matter what their level of training was. It is clear that Haig intended to use the lives of his men to win battles; he says, "Will enable victories to be won, without the sacrifice of men's lives." The source does imply that Haig did not value the lives of his men, with the utmost importance, as winning battles was of a greater priority to him, than the limiting of casualty lists. However, this does not prove that Haig did not care about the lives of his men, despite Haig's obvious casual approach to the death of soldiers. The source also, is primarily a warning note to the public back home, that a war is being fought and there will be casualties, it is not necessarily a true reflection of Haig's attitude to his men's Life's. Answer B: Source B and C are both very different extracts, both have their elements of trustworthiness and of doubt. Source B for example was written during the war, before and after the battle of the Somme. Where as source C was written many years after the event, giving source B slightly more respectability, as it might be a more accurate reflection of events. ...read more.

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However, what the general says could be thought of as wrong, quote "Haig's armies, which had complete confidence in the leadership of their commander Haig." It is clear from other sources and from my contextual knowledge that many soldiers had completely the opposite opinion and did not have any confidence in the leadership of their commander Haig. Source G also comes from the official history of the First World War, giving it more respectability. Source F the source which both G and H contradict, comes from the, "British Butchers and Bunglers of World War." Also has no author. Therefore making it more of an opinion than something, which could be used as evidence. Answer E: Sources J and I differ so dramatically primarily because of the time scale involved between the two extracts. Source I was written after the battle in 1916, after he had visited the area. It is a very brief statement on the battle overall, it could be said that source I is not his real opinion and is based upon information that has been reported to him by generals, or that possibly the sources use was to raise morale amongst soldiers and the public. Lloyd George has also not had first hand experience of the battle, as he only visited the battlefield, the source is therefore not a true account of event. Source J on the other hand is written in the 1930's much later, here Lloyd George is writing the source with the benefit of hindsight, and is written as a memoir. ...read more.

Conclusion

Source E is also against Haig, and questions his ability as a general but the source is similar to D in the respect that its purpose is to entertain an audience because it is a cartoon, therefore it to cannot be taken too seriously. Nevertheless, there is an element of truth in what is being said. Source J similarly to the other sources has its problems. It is contradicted by the same man who wrote it in the previous source, source I. In source, I Lloyd George supports Haig but in source J, he is against Haig. Source J does not prove that Haig was uncaring and did not care for the lives of his men. All the sources which are against Haig, do not prove that was Haig uncaring, and did not care for the lives of his men. Only two sources state that Haig was uncaring, but they are not totally trust worthy. The other four against Haig, cannot be fully trusted either and the sources in favor of Haig support him. The sources do support the view that "Haig was an uncaring general who sacrificed the lives of his men for no good reason." Quite a long way, but none of the sources against Haig prove him this. To prove him such a man would involve the use of hard evidence in the form of facts, or examples of Hag blatantly showing himself to be uncaring and a poor general. ...read more.

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