Was Haig a Butcher or War Winner?

3538 Words Jan 11th, 2011 15 Pages
Assessment- Interpretations of Haig (The battle of the Sommes was a notorious event that occurred in the time frame of World War I, between France and England on one side, while on the other side, Germany. The objective of this battle for the English side is too re-conquer/ seize the French town of Verdun, a stronghold of France against Germany. 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. The English soldiers were lead by General Douglas Haig, and as a General, he devised a tactic that he thought would ensure victory for England and France. However, it was because of this plan that Haig became one of the main focal point of …show more content…
Mostly, these people have certain events involving Haig that triggered their hatred for him, and the flaws Haig had made in the war came coincidental enough for the people to regard him negatively.

So what did he do wrong for people to regard him as a butcher and a simple-minded fool? Even though no one could deny that Haig eventually did his job in capturing Verdun, the war casualties were extremely heavy, and more than one million soldiers have died in less than a few weeks, in which more than 400 000 were English soldiers. Technically, all the flaws made in the battle that had lead to so many deaths were originated from one thing- Haig’s original tactic. Firstly, Haig had devised a plan that did not came into effect, and were said to be “ham-fisted and clumsy” by P.W. Turner and R.H. Haig, two writers who wrote a book called “Not for Glory” in 1969, more than 40 years after the event actually occurred. Then, his made mistake was that he ordered the artilleries to bombard the barbed wires, despite the explicit fact known to ANY Tommy that instead of being cut, the wires would get tangled up even worse than before. After the bombardment had miserably failed, he made an even worse mistake by making the foot soldiers walk through No Man’s Land, carrying 60 pounds bags of utilities. This, instead of providing them all the materials they needed, only slowed them down, making them worthless walking targets for the Germans to shoot down.
Open Document