Which made the people bitter and angry especially the anger from the men in the Front line, seeing Haig standing kilometers behind them, thinking that he was being a coward, and the ones who lost their family and relatives on the 1st of July? Also, the English soldiers were ordered to annihilate as much German soldiers as possible, in order to eventually gain the vantage point of the battle… 2367 Words 10 Pages Some people have the view that British generals like Haig were incompetent leaders. Although he did help to win the war, the amount of lives he wasted was certainly unacceptable. He was described in later accounts to be a great leader and one of the reasons the British did win. Middle therefore he ordered his men to walk across no-mans land and look for mines. Some sources say that he was dining on the best food and living in high standard accommodation while he let his men suffer. . Haig was one who disliked new ideas and tactics, and preferred to stick to full-frontal assaults.
In answering this question it is necessary to define the terms 'deserve' and 'great'. A war of attrition was not the plan and after it did turn into this sort of war, Haig attempted a breakthrough through the use of tanks for the first time in September 1916 and this surprised the Germans and did make gains. He had no aristocracy at birth at all. Haig was also not in charge of everything yet he is still held responsible for all the little mistakes. He was not endowed with any of the elements of imagination and vision… And he certainly had none of that personal magnetism which has enabled great leaders of men to inspire multitudes with courage, faith and a spirit of sacrifice… He was incapable of planning vast campaigns on the scale demanded on so immense a battlefield. Now, historians try to look at both sides of the story, both the idea that Haig was a butcher, but also that he was a good commander-in-chief.
But Haig again sought the theater of combat and, as a lieutenant colonel, took command of a battalion of the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam. Haig also demonstrated a sound understating of modern weapons and tactics. The Germans lost 680,000 men in the war, but at the same time, the deaths of Britain and French in total had the same amount of people died of the German empire. His legend has survived for thousands of years, and his name is well-known, but just how great was he? The large number of soldiers, the view of the Prime Minister and the attitudes of the cartoonists towards Haig influenced the British public's view of Haig. Possibly you could come to my museum and I could teach you a thing or two about history. The length of the front meant commanders needed to be a further away to get a complete picture of what was happening. A butcher, of course, is someone who kills animals and prepares them to be sold before selling them himself.
Of course, being grunts we stayed on the ground. The people of Britain wanted someone to blame. Given that over 50 thousands soldiers died on the first day, Haig as the leader of the team, P. On the morning of 1st July, 20,000 lives were lost all for very little land gained. They did not tell him how big the casualty rates really were, or how badly their plans were going because they were afraid of him.
This ended, after a week, at precisely 8. The British were going to attack on a 15 mile front between Serre, north of the Somme. The battle commenced in 1916, half way through the First World War. Certainly he had plenty of familiarity with British soldiers. He was not alone in his dislike and suspicion of tanks as many other senior generals were not keen on the tank and backed him enthusiastically in not using it and sticking to old tactics. Haig can be classed as a hero due to the fact that eventually his tactics lead to Vritish victory at the battle of the Somme. This means that Haig was given false information, the night before the battle and conclusively means that whoever told him it was 'all clear' should accept as much of the responsibility as Haig did.
What makes it worse it that the horses required a lot of looking after, feeding and cleaning, which wasted a lot of their time and was not worth it just for it to charge into its almost certain death. However, though sounding like a very well thought out plan, it was a disaster-in many ways, such as low cloud proved difficult for the British spotter planes to see through, the barbed-wire lining the German trenches was not cut, and secret dug-outs made by the Germans housed many rescued soldiers from the bombing, so the British were unknowingly outnumbered. If Haig had called off the offensive at the beginning of July he would have thrown away this advantage. Many people believe that Haig was the only man responsible for the battle's bloody outcome. The bombing would also cut the barbed-wire fence, lining the German trenches.
On 29 January 1928, Douglas Haig died from a heart attack brought on, according to his widow, by the strain of wartime command. At Verdun the German army had launched an all out attack against the French army, for the Germans there plan was for a battle of attrition and so they wanted to pull in the French army to Verdun and then kill as many of them as possible but not to take Verdun. Lots of statistics have been used in the letter to corroborate with the arguments - 'more than a million women have directly replaced men in industry'. It suggests that if a successful general wins wars, then Haig must be a good general. There are more and more evidences to support both sides of opinion. So you see, Douglas Haig sentenced many troops to their deaths, and with the figures standing at 30,000 deaths on the first day, earned the title 'Butcher of the Somme'. This is my history essay I did ages ago, so bear with me if there are a few mistakes! Besides, he and Laffargue were convinced it would work.
Albrechtsen utilises argument devices such as appeals to ethos, logos and pathos, language devices such rhetorical questioning, word choice, hyperboles and graphics, and structure to persuade the reader of her argument. In 1916, the British began to worry that Germany had the upper hand of the war, and also at the time were anxious for the French, as many casualties … were returning from Verdun. From a great adventure, to a bloody event. He was the guy who esentially started the battle of the somme, some say he is a butcher and some say he is a hero. How far does the sources support or contradict this interpretation? From previous battle victories, the British put Field Marshall Douglas Haig in charge of one of the biggest planned battles in the First World War: The Battle of the Somme. The British were having more of them die than the Germans.
But no one cared to make a legend out of that. But was this a fair title given to a man who was judged by the 21 st century? He ignored the advice to change the tactics, he sent millions of shells over to the German trenches thinking it would kill all the soldiers but the German spy planes saw what he was doing and the German soldiers dug really … deep trenches and Haig sent the british soldiers over with just walking sticks not riffels and over 900 british soldiers were killed in half an hour but no German soldiers were killed. Haig was definitely hardworking, if remote. This was through flying planes over enemy lines to identify what the Germans were plotting, by dropping bombs on the German fortressed villages, ammunition depots and front-line bunkers, and by finally sending the British troops walking across No-Man's land to the German trenches, where the soldiers would attack the survivors and therefore gain control over the German front-line. The reason that so many people died was that Haig ordered his men to walk across no-mans land. Of course, Field Marshall Haig was only a human being, and no matter how well the battle was planned, and how good a strategist he was, there were always going to be some failures.
Conclusion on so that the British would have the advantage of higher ground , and though some of the battle plans were unsuccessful, they certainly managed to take over the hill, relive the French and wear down the Germans which was useful as by then the great war had become a war of attrition. The Battle of the Somme was the most costly battle in terms of casualties every in the history of British Military. To conclude, Douglas Haig did not earn his infamous nickname due to mission failure, because in the end he was victorious. In mid November the Battle ended, but not without serious loss. Every assault except the last failed.