General Haig did not sanction an execution against any soldier without a full medical report. By the time the smoke cleared more than 10, German troops lay either buried and dead under the rubble or so dazed and confused that they surrendered without a fight.
On 7 Junea massive mine was detonated under the German held Messines Ridge in a blast so loud that it was heard as far away as London. With our backs to the wall and believing in the justice of our cause each one of us must fight on to the end.
German casualties were aboutHe was true to these convictions and he expected no less from his men. He got his way and the introduction of 32 tanks met with mixed results — many broke down but a few managed to penetrate German lines.
There is no evidence whatever for this: All sides were learning, and the result was four years of stalemate. Around 20, were killed and around 40, wounded.
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.
It was a complete disaster. His men saw him, in a formal setting, when he inspected parades. These were primitive, but still a significant advance on those available two years earlier on the Somme.
Popular culture has given us a caricature of upper class, uncaring and poor leadership in the British Army. The self-imposed delay gave the Turks the chance to recover and bring in reinforcements of their own.
He is charged with not caring about the heavy casualties. This would be the first major battle of the war for the British Army. The cost of being a British general in WW1 The idea of the generals of World War One sat safe, far behind enemy lines, does not tell the whole story of their experience of the conflict.
Bythe army was about 1. The second was 61 year-old General Sir Frederick Stopford. There are three essential differences: However, Haig insisted that it should carry on.Home > Lions led by donkeys? > The Somme > Background: Events leading to the battle The plan General Sir Douglas Haig, British Commander-in-Chief on the western front, was not really ready to attack in mid There are few events in British history that carry as much significance as the Battle of the Somme.
The battle has a dark. The scale of the failure, under the overall command of Field Marshal Sir John French and General Sir Douglas Haig, was so huge it brought about a major re-think of the way the British Army.
1 Lions Led By Donkeys? This is an article by Professor Peter Simkin, challenging the idea that Great War generals were incompetent. 2 Lions Led By Donkeys?
This is a similar article to the one above and is by Dr Gary Sheffield, another leading WW1 historian. "Lions led by donkeys" is a phrase popularly used to describe the British infantry of the First World War and to blame the generals who led them. The contention is that the brave soldiers (lions) were sent to their deaths by incompetent and indifferent leaders (donkeys).
. Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig: A Donkey Leading Lions? Posted on May 9, Douglas Haig was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the eleventh child of the famous whisky distiller, John Haig.
“Haig is a brilliant General, from his boots up.". Sir General Haig was in charge of the British at the time. People think that Haig should be remembered as the “butcher of the Somme” because he sent thousands of British soldiers to their deaths.
Some people thought that Haig was a donkey leading lions.Download