To what extent does Sir Douglas Haig deserve the epithet ‘The Butcher’?

This essay examines to what extent General Haig deserves the epither 'The Butcher of the Somme'.

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To what extent does Sir Douglas Haig deserve the epithet
`The Butcher'?

Sir Douglas Haig, commander of the British Expeditionary Force, was heavily criticised
after the First World War for issuing orders which led to excessive casualties of British, French
and German troops. Many historians feel that the epithet `The…

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It can also be argued that Haig was not to blame for the huge number of casualties of
the battle. John Keegan, a historian from the First World War, writes that it was inevitable that
large numbers of soldiers unprotected by anything but cloth uniforms, was bound to result in…

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Miss E

A good essay on this contentious issue that has come up on sources papers and for coursework. It examines the evidence for both sides so would be useful when studying this question.

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