Another factor which enraged the people at home was that the newspapers portrayed the situation much better than it actually was throughout the battle, misleading family and friends back at home. Haig, a man of few words and long silences, distrusted and despised politicians and journalists; unlike, say, Montgomery in the next war, he had no gift for public relations.
But the tanks broke down or got stuck in the mud in no man's land. However this did not occur either therefore people died. Source D also says that General Haig was incompetent. To decide this it is necessary to consider what happened at the battle of the Somme and to what extent it can be blamed on Haig.
Haig belonged to the lower officer corps of the pre-war army, yet he progressed along with other commanders from battalion, brigade, division and corps commanders of the Edwardian era to the army group and commanders-in-chief of the First World War.
Although the Somme prevented the Germans from taking Verdun, it was at the cost of a great many lives. Britain was no longer an imperial power, and the old Edwardian certainties had crumbled. After a service in Westminster Abbey one of the first such occasions broadcast by the BBCthe coffin was carried to Edinburgh and lay in state in the High Kirk of St Giles, "where the queue to pass the coffin stretched for a mile, despite driving sleet".
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The shots let out grenades and bullets, these got tangled in the barbed wire, which made it very difficult to handle, and also caused people to die.
Relations between Allies are rarely those of complete trust. Battle of the Somme, which was arguably one of the bloodiest battles in British military history. Haig waged the ensuing political battle with customary remorselessness and prevailed in the bureaucratic trenches.
The truth is that he, and his subordinate generals, learned from experience - painful experience - how to fight the war in a new style, with the effective co-operation of artillery, tanks, aircraft and infantry - the principle of "bite and hold".
Others who knew Haig better - the Australian General Monash and the South African General Smuts - had a higher opinion of him, Monash praising him for being "calm, resolute, hopeful and buoyant". General Douglas Haig Douglas Haig was born in Edinburgh on 19 June into a wealthy family who owned a whisky business.
Generals, the cynics like to say, are always fighting the last war.
The reason that so many people died was that Haig ordered his men to walk across no The Total Allied Forces hadcasualties,of them were British, while the Germans lostmen. This meant he was someone who slaughtered or murdered other humans brutally.
These loom large in popular memory, so large, indeed, that one might suppose that they were exceptional. Their books argued Haig was a curious, inventive soldier who had, in fact, appreciated the tactical value of machine guns and tanks.
Analyse two different types of comedy, a film clip and a cartoon about the Battle of the Somme and General Haig. If the British government at the time had thought there was a better strategy, they could have replaced Haig-but they didn't.
It would be unfair to call Haig incompetent as this was a completely different kind of war and he did not have any experience in fighting this type of war.
Then, after the new statue had been installed, the old one was retrieved by the police, still intact, and returned to Walkerburn — so that now it has two war memorials. One of the arguments against Haig is how much he cared for his men.
With Napoleon, for example, we think imagination. Haig the nickname "the butcher of the Somme. Sources B and C contain contrasting accounts of the first day of the battle. Haig evidently believed that will and resolve could carry any obstacle.
One was blown up ten minutes before Zero hour which warned the Germans to expect an attack. Haig did not like machine guns and called them overrated. He was called the 'Butcher of the Somme. When British forces engaged in a major battle in Normandy intotal losses were fewer than on the Somme in as Normandy was around half the length and less than half the size, but casualties per unit per week were broadly similar.Coursework: Haig and the Somme.
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 concerns Haig's views on the high amount of casualties he believed were inevitable during the course of the war/5(1).
Haig and the Battle of the Somme Coursework a. Source A and B were both written by Field Marshal Haig. However, despite having the same author, source A discusses the matter of casualties greatly whereas source B does not even mention them, even though huge casualties were inflicted at the Battle of the Somme.
The Essay on Barbed Wire Haig Battle Sommeand that gave Haig the nickname "the butcher of the Somme." The battle went on through the summer and the British did capture most ofthe troops walked across no-mans land and were easily killed by the Germans. May 17, · Haig - the Butcher of the Somme?
- posted in Historical Discussions: Sir Douglas Haig was arguably the most important British leader of WW1.
However, he has come to epitomize the idea that Generals were content to keep throwing waves of men at the enemy defences and this has stained his reputation.
Haig infamously was in command for the Battle of the Somme, which set the basis for. General Haig: Hero, Butcher or Haig: Hero, Butcher or from the st of July until November and over a million men died because of General Haig, the Butcher of the Somme.
The Battle of the Somme Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, chief of staff of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) and architect of the battle, evidently agreed.
On the day after the debacle, stating that the enemy “has undoubtedly been shaken and has few reserves in hand,” he discussed with .Download