At the end of the war, after all, the army he commanded—and had almost ruined—was, if not victorious, then plainly on the winning side. Haig was also influenced by the fact that the Germans had called off their offensive when they were on the verge of success, and he drew the lesson that attacks needed to be kept up so long as there was any chance of success.
The Best Man for a Bad Job? Haig believed that moral character was the deciding factor in war, and that superior character would lead the better side to victory.
Haig was intolerant of what he regarded as old-fashioned opinion and not good at negotiating with strangers. Haig again told him that French should have been sacked in August Casualties were mounting and the British and French wanted to bring the war to a quick end.
As late ashe was still capable of writing this about the future of warfare: Aeroplanes and tanks are only accessories to the men and the horse, and I feel sure that as time goes on you will find just as much use for the horse—the well-bred horse—as you have ever done in the past.
Haig was also influenced by the fact that the Germans had called off their offensive when they were on the verge of success, and he drew the lesson that attacks needed to be kept up so long as there was any chance of success.
The great commanders of history fascinate us, and we read their biographies looking for one or more character attributes we believe accounted for their success.
Haig wanted to delay until 15 August, to allow for more training and more artillery to be available. Although both men later claimed that the reforms had been to prepare Britain for continental war, they did not create a continental-sized army and it would be truer to say that they created a small professional army within a budget, with conscription politically impossible despite Lord Roberts' campaigning.
First, because he still has defenders who—in spite of those many graveyards and inconclusive, costly battles—would claim he was not in fact an unsuccessful commander. Discussing this matter with the King, who thought the war would last until the end ofHaig told him that Germany would collapse by the end of And the Germans now paid the price of attrition, which in this war fell harder on the attackers than the defenders.
A critical biographer writes that Haig was "more clear-sighted than many of his colleagues". Some units were not ordered to attack while others were forced to retreat. He wanted to fight another battle, very much like the Somme, only bigger, and on terrain that was even less well suited for the offensive.
Ultimately, the British won under his command, apparently vindicating him.
Haig thought that the Germans had already had plenty of "wearing out", that a decisive victory was possible in and urged Robertson 9 Jan to recruit more cavalry. We will never know. Memorial Day 1 July But if Haig had ever heard of Cold Harbor, he plainly did not believe its lessons applied to British soldiers.
Generals, the cynics like to say, are always fighting the last war. He had obtained every qualification, gained every experience and served in every appointment requisite for the General Command.Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, chief of staff of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) and architect of the battle, evidently agreed.
the turn of the tide came just in time for his career. All British generals of WWII were careful to not repeat the failures of Haig during the Great War.
Haig was considered by them the epitome of failed. The Library is the principal repository of the papers of Douglas Haig who was Commander in Chief of the British Army on the Western Front for the greater part of the First World War, from The collection covers Haig's entire life, from his birth in until his death in Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, chief of staff of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) and architect of the battle, evidently agreed.
On the day after the debacle, stating that the enemy “has undoubtedly been shaken and has few reserves in hand,” he discussed with.
Field Marshall Douglas Haig returned from the First World War to throngs of adoring fans. They had turned out in solidarity and support for their hero, the man who had led them to victory in a war to end all wars. A ‘Great War’. The issue of Douglas Haig’s role as a general on the Western Front, during the Battle of the Somme inhas been thoroughly questioned by many historians to date.
Through different views and opinions, Haig’s skills have been both heavily celebrated and criticised. Sep 25, · This is a detailed reappraisal of the British Army's performance in the Great War, and part of the book comprises a "rehabilitation" of Sir Douglas Haig and his .Download