Does General Haig Deserves to Be Remembered as the Butcher of the Somme

Topics: World War I, Trench warfare, Battle of the Somme Pages: 4 (1566 words) Published: February 3, 2013
Does General Haig deserve to be remembered as ‘the butcher of the Somme’? General Haig was a famous general who won the last war in the First World War, he should be remembered as a hero, but why do people reckon him to be the opposite, as a butcher? As the ‘Butcher of the Somme ’?

In my point of view, I think of general as a butcher rather than a hero, for he, in the first battle in the First World War, the battle of Somme, he used 420000 soldiers to defeat 500000 Germans soldiers and gain 10 kilometers of ground, not counting the French that used 200000 soldiers.

His plans were all flawed, first he had the one week long artillery strike but what he did not think of was that Germans were humans and that humans have brains and knows how to change their plans. They dug trenches deeper and were unharmed by the attempt. Secondly, they forgot that artillery shells only exploded on impact and will send out shrapnel and that this will not destroy the barb wires but only make them fly up and tangle up more, causing a disadvantage to his own troops. The ways the British soldiers walk up to the Germans were too unrealistic and not professional. Walking up to the enemy and not taking cover? Ridiculous! Also if General Haig was with the soldiers together fighting and commanding, that would have boosted morale. As the people like to say, the British soldiers are lions led by donkeys.

General Haig was a follower of a way of fighting called, attrition that means that when you fight an enemy to a point they can no longer bear, they will surrender of retreat. So, he used wave after wave of soldiers to ‘go over the top’ and fight the Germans. None of them work until the last great wave. They broke through the German defenses and captured 5000 German soldiers approximately.

At the end, although the British have wasted loads of good men in this war, the Germans admitted that they are bitter and battered. One of the German Generals admitted this battle broke the heart of...
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