Was General Haig the Butcher of the Somme?

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'Was general haig the butcher of the Somme?'

Introduction

General Haig's title of 'butcher of the Somme' originated after the First World War, when, due to a large number of casualties Britain suffered from the war and mostly the Somme. The people of Britain wanted someone to blame. This was a coping mechanism in which people could deal with the loss of the 'lost generation'. Feild Marshall Haig has often been called the butcher of the Somme because 20000 soldiers died on the first day of the battle, and a further 40000 were injured. The battle of the Somme was one of the 6 blodiest battles of world war one, and resulted in more British dead than any battle before it. One canadian Battalion lost 700 out of 850 men in the battle of the
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This source is reliable because we have to expect that Wiston Churchill MP was correct and by the look of all of the deaths in the first few hours of the battle of the Somme he was correct. Also, this source is reliable because Winston Churchill was a very trustworthy MP and people looked up to him.

Was Haig the right man for the job?

Politicians began to wonder if Haig's approach was working, they accepted the pressure had been lifted at Verdun but they were concerned about the heavy casualty losses. However, on the other side trench welfare was a new kind of fighting, different from the last war that Haig had fought in, (the boar war was 15 years earlier). No one knew how to win a wr like this (stalemate) so the generals fell back on old ideas successfully used in other wars. Source 2 supports the fact that Haig was a good leader and general. It suggests that if a successful general wins wars, then Haig must be a good general. It also supports that Haig's methods were in line with the ideas of the time. It isn't realiable because Philip Warner was/is only a historian so he doesn't know what was going on at the time of the battle of the Somme and we don't know if where he found the information from was a reliable source. Also, we don't know if the place where he found the information from was biased or non biased.

Could Haig have done