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These two sources are not about Haig and The Battle of the Somme. How far do you agree that they have no use for a historian studying Haig and The Battle of the Somme?

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History Coursework Question 2c Study sources D and E. These two sources are not about Haig and The Battle of the Somme. How far do you agree that they have no use for a historian studying Haig and The Battle of the Somme? Sources D and E are both picture sources, D is a still from Blackadder goes forth a TV series from the 1980's. It shows two officers, Blackadder and George Percy, discussing an imminent attack on the Germans. Source E is a cartoon from after the battle of the Somme and before Paschendaele, Punch, February 1917. Both Sources are relevant to Haig and The Battle of the Somme. ...read more.

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This would be useful to a historian because it shows that Haig was not around for his men. Source E also supports this, 'Major-General: (addressing the men before practising an attack behind the lines). "I want you to understand the difference between the rehearsal and the real thing. There are three essential differences: first the absence of the enemy. Now (turning to the regimental Sergeant-Major) what is the second difference?". Sergeant-Major: "the absence of the General, Sir."' This is intended to be quite comical. This source never actually says that the person they are talking about is Haig but if you look at the picture they are addressing a man who looks like the spitting image of Haig. ...read more.

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On 8th August 1914, the House of Commons passed the Defence of the Realm Act (DORA) without debate. During the war publishing information that was calculated to be indirectly or directly of use to the enemy became an offence and accordingly punishable in a court of law. This included any description of war and any news that was likely to cause any conflict between the public and military authorities. Source E was an exception to this as there was no mention of Haig and could have been just a cartoon that was not related to the war. In conclusion I believe both sources are reliable and better yet they support each other. A historian would be able to use this sources knowing they would be reliable. ?? ?? ?? ?? Rose Worrall ...read more.

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