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The Question here is asking whether John Keegan's interpretation of Douglas Haig is supported enough with evidence from Sources A-H.

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Ryan King 25th August History Coursework: Question 3 The Question here is asking whether John Keegan's interpretation of Douglas Haig is supported enough with evidence from Sources A-H. In this question I will analyze each source critically for their dates, authors, purposes, provinence and to see whether they have the sufficiency to support this interpretation. We must remember that Keegan is saying this about all of World War One. The television show "Blackadder goes Forth" is Source H. Source A was written December 1916 by Douglas Haig. This was written after the Somme, during WW1. This means that Haig wrote this while the war was still going on, and that he could not foresee what was going to happen next. His intention was to make himself look good in front of the cabinet. ...read more.


bombardment in question strengthened German defenses. Haig had been misinformed as communication was poor along the front. This source is unreliable because there are a lot of exaggerated facts in it. Source D is Great Battles of WW1, by Anthony Livesey, 1989. This source tells me a lot about Haig, and is also a negative source, criticising Haig. It shows that he was too self-confident, and too optimistic. This source does make some good points about Haig's failiure to recognise certain defeat at the Somme and Passchendaele. This source does not support Keegan's statement. Source E is War Memoirs of David Lloyd George, the date was after WW1. Here it shows that Lloyd George regrets sending Haig to command forces, as he calls Haig "blundering". He also states that Haig went back on a promise because of his selfish ideals. ...read more.


The source argues, although Haig was incompetant he was one of the only suitable men for the job, because of previous experience. The source also admits that Haig made mistakes. Therefore this source does not support the statement made by Keegan. Source H is Blackadder Goes Forth, the final episode called "Goodbyeee". In this video one particular scene stands out, and that is when Blackadder phones Haig up to leave the Battlefield. During this phonecall, Haig is seen to be wiping off plastic soldiers off a battlemap and binning them, then replacing them with new ones. This shows that Haig was truly fighting a War of Attrition, and didn't care about his soldiers. Therefore, this source does not support the statement written by Keegan. In conclusion, by analysing the sources, I can deduce that there is not enough evidence of a high enough standard to support the conclusion made by John Keegan. All sources seem to be flawed in one way or another. ...read more.

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