Haig's Reputation as the Butcher of the Somme Essay

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Haig's Reputation as the Butcher of the Somme

In the run up to the war, Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig was appointed the Director of Military Training. In an effort to create a reserve standard army which could double up as a 'home front' defence force, plus a fighting unit for use abroad, he managed to achieve this by pushing for legislation that lead to the creation of the TA (Territory Army) and the BEF (British Expeditionary Force) which were to be later used in the war effort in the 'war to end all wars'. Haig is most famously renowned for his involvement in the "hundreds of dead" soldiers "strung out like wreckage" in the thickened barbed wire of the failed attack of the Somme, after a
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His apparent lack of emotion leads me to how he may deserve the label of being "the butcher of the Somme". This reveals when he says "the nation must be taught to bear losses." This heartless attitude bears resemblance to the rule of Bloody Mary as Queen of England when she persecuted Protestants in an attempt to bring England back to the Roman Catholic faith. He is also inferred to be a butcher as he did not stop the men from going over the top when he saw that his particular plan of action was not working in its current state

Even though the Somme was a terrible disaster, it served in a positive light to be a learning curve for the British Battalions/Sections/Corps/and generals. With the benefit of hindsight, it showed the Allies that their was a serious, inadmissible problem in their ranks because how such a mass scale massacre of men could happen after such a well planned offensive from high up the ranks to Haig himself is a clerical atrocity. Firstly, the barbed wire pounding was a good idea in theory however it only served to in practice make the wire entangle so that it was "thick" to the point that "daylight could barely be seen through it". But, it could be argued that because Haig suggested the idea after being prompted
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