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Underlying messages portrayed by Blackadder Goes Fourth of WW1

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Underlying messages portrayed by Blackadder Goes Fourth of WW1 Sources D and E are not directly about Haig and the battle of The Somme, but in places the sources either make reference to Haig and The Somme or imply something about them. This means that they will be quite useful for a historian studying Haig and the battle of The Somme, even if their use is limited. Source D is relatively useful to historians studying Haig as it will give historians some kind of idea of what attitude captains and lieutenants had towards Haig. Source D doesn't mention The Somme therefore it isn't that helpful when studying The Somme. Source D is a still taken from the T.V series "Blackadder Goes Fourth". It shows the two men (a captain and a lieutenant) discussing an imminent attack. From the source, historians could see what uniform soldiers were wearing before the battle, so in that respect it is useful. ...read more.


Because the programme was created in the 1990's it won't really represent the views of the people at the time it is set in, it will only represent views from people in the 1990's. Also the realism of it can't really be trusted because it is made purely for comedic value, which means that it wasn't created to inform. We also have to take into account how much preparation research had been done. As well when using the attitudes towards Haig and the battle we have to take in to account are they the attitudes of the officers from the day or are they the attitudes from producers and directors. Source E is useful to historians studying Haig and The Somme depending on which way you interpret it. This is because the picture doesn't specify the name or battle its referring to. Source E is a picture of a Major General addressing the men before practising an attack behind the lines. It is from a cartoon from a British magazine published in February 1917 (After the Somme). ...read more.


Source E might not be useful to historians as the picture could be about any battle or about any Sergeant Major and if so it is useless to historians studying Haig and the Somme. Also as it is an opinion it could be biased. In conclusion I believe that even though the sources weren't directly linked to Haig they still could tell historians a lot about the attitudes of people towards Haig. Source D is limited in its use but can tell us about the attitudes of what Captains and Lieutenants had towards Haig, also Source D can tell us about modern attitudes as it was written in modern times. But it is practically useless for historians studying the Somme. Source E in my opinion is utterly useless as it could be nothing to do with the Somme or Haig. If we assume it is to do with Haig and the Somme it would be slightly useful as it represents the view of people from the war time period, although it was created for comical values and therefore could be useless. ...read more.

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