Does Field Marshall Haig Deserve a Statue in Whitehall?

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Does Field Marshall Haig deserve a statue in Whitehall?

A statue of Field Marshall Haig was crafted in 1936; a total of eighteen years after the ‘Great War’ had ended. This caused controversy with people across Britain, as some believed that his ‘leadership skills’ were lacking and that his ‘crucial decisions’ were not the right ones. But others say that although there were huge losses, these were the necessary decisions needed to win such an aggressive war. I will assess both arguments of Historians.

Firstly, there is evidence to say that Haig was a great leader and commander and therefore does deserve to have a commemorative statue be built in his honour. Some Historians believe that although Haig’s military plans resulted in huge fatalities, they say that ‘the nation must be taught to bear losses.’ They argue that although there were deaths, the great duty of bringing a country through war is a more superior task than thought and that ‘not even the highest or most superior commander can do.’ Because of his private education when he was a child, and his privileged background, historians believed he had the ability, and strength, to withstand the great task. He cannot be completely blamed for the ‘slaughter’ of soldiers, as putting the weight and burden of a whole war on one being is ‘too much.’ Historians believe that although Haig was extremely stubborn, and also inarticulate, this helped the country through the war, and proved to provide great spirits for the soldiers. Also Haig’s achievement in the 100 days war seems not to be recognized enough for the achievement. Historians explain how ‘it was Haig’s army which bore the brunt of the fighting,’ and that how that it was Haig’s military plan and leadership which caused this. Some sources believe that most historians ignore this event and ‘concentrate on 1916 and 1917.’ Secondly, there is evidence to say that Haig failed as a leader and military adviser, and does not deserve a statue in his honour....
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