Douglas Haig and the First World War

Douglas Haig and the First World War From December until the armistice of November Sir Douglas Haig was commander in chief of the largest army his country had ever put into the field He has been portrayed as both an incompeten

  • Title: Douglas Haig and the First World War
  • Author: John Paul Harris
  • ISBN: 9780521898027
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From December 1915 until the armistice of November 1918, Sir Douglas Haig was commander in chief of the largest army his country had ever put into the field He has been portrayed as both an incompetent butcher and bungler and a clear sighted, imperturbable architect of victory However, in this magisterial account, J P Harris dispels such stereotypes A dedicated miFrom December 1915 until the armistice of November 1918, Sir Douglas Haig was commander in chief of the largest army his country had ever put into the field He has been portrayed as both an incompetent butcher and bungler and a clear sighted, imperturbable architect of victory However, in this magisterial account, J P Harris dispels such stereotypes A dedicated military professional, Haig nevertheless found it difficult to adjust to the unprecedented conditions of the Western Front His capacity to read battles and broader strategic situations often proved poor and he bears much responsibility for British losses 1915 17 that were excessive in relation to the results achieved By late 1917 his own faith in ultimate victory had become so badly shaken that he advocated a compromise peace However, after surviving the German spring offensives of 1918, he played a vital role in the campaign that finally broke the German army.

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    1. A graduate of King s College, London, J.P Harris is Senior Lecturer in the Department of War Studies at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

    2. Field Marshal Douglas Haig was an enigmatic figure in WWI. As Commander in Chief of the BEF, he was an enthusiastic leader & an extreme optimist in the face of battle. The problem was, he always exalted all these characteristics at the wrong time. When he was faced with any sort of opposition or resistance, he would tend to hesitate or draw back his troops. This timidity marked many of his early battles as commander of I Corps. When planning for offensives, Haig would continually overrule hi [...]

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