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World War One History Sources Question: How far does Source A prove that Haig did not care about the lives of his men?

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Coursework Assignment 2: Assessment Objectives 2 and 3 a) Study Sources A and B. How far does Source A prove that Haig did not care about the lives of his men? Source A, seems to imply that Haig was heartless and that he was quite uncaring. On the surface he appeared to be a demanding and selfish leader, not taking into consideration the welfare of his men, for example he said, "The nation must be prepared to see heavy casualty lists." ...read more.

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He appears to be more involved with his troops and complimented them, very different to in Source A where he had no optimism or positive comments about his troops whatsoever. Source B suggests that there was more to Haig than was first thought; it then gives the impression that Source A most probably was not the complete document and so that should be taken into consideration. In source A, Haig may have just been being practical, he may have been trying to relate to people that men were going to die and people would have to take into account the seriousness of the situation. ...read more.

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In a way the population were quite na�ve, because they believed the army to be a "true" army. This was because it was, a high morale, volunteer army (not conscripted) that meant they did not think any harm could come to the troops. Haig had to raise awareness of the true facts of war, he knew about the horrors of Verdun and therefore had to try and relate this to the population by appearing uncaring, when he was really only trying to get straight to the point and prepare them for what may happen. Emilie Murphy 10F 9th July 2002 ...read more.

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