Field marshal douglas haig, 1st earl haig, kt, gcb, om, gcvo, kcie was a senior officer of the british army during the first world war he commanded the british expeditionary force (bef) on the western front from late 1915 until the end of the war he was commander during the battle of the somme, the battle with the. Byng bungo to his friends, taught canadians that training and careful staff work saved lives sir douglas haig was british field marshal, commander in chief of the british forces in france during most of world war i his strategy of attrition ( tautly summarized as kill more germans) resulted in enormous numbers of british. The canadian expeditionary force (cef), of some 630,000 men during the great war of 1914–18, consisted almost entirely of civilian soldiers while currie reported upwards through an army commander to the commander-in-chief of the british expeditionary force, sir douglas haig, he was also the. Us secretary of state who failed to avert the falklands war, and the chief of staff who sustained richard nixon's presidency general alexander haig speaking at a news conference at the pentagon in 1978, when he was supreme allied commander in europe photograph: thumma/ap the record books. Field marshall douglas haig is most associated with the battle of the somme in world war one douglas haig was britain's commander-in-chief during the somme battle and took much criticism for the sheer loss of life in this battle haig was born in he and his men fought at the battle of mons and the first battle of ypres. This attitude to the war was mirrored in hymns in which explicitly portrayed the sacrifice of soldiers' lives as a christ-like act of redemption: as it was written: ' the end product of edmond 's work was therefore an official history which presented a fraudulent account of the western front,.
He has tried to show how my father's own life and make- up, his background and breeding, caused him to play the great part which he did in the firstworld war he has described in 1930 the author was haig's chief intelligence officer and his personal friend, but he did not have access to haig's diary and private papers. Buy the chief: douglas haig and the british army reprint by gary sheffield ( isbn: 9781845137694) from amazon's book store everyday low he has written a number of critically acclaimed and commercially successful books on the first world war including forgotten victory: the first world war – myths and realities. His elevation to staff officer also brought him into contact with the man who was to dominate his professional life, douglas haig, then chief of staff to the commander -in-chief, india haig had a liking for young officers with quick wit and lively conversation, provided that they were dedicated, competent, and loyal charteris. An assessment of sir douglas haig's role as a military manager on the western front vines 4 gary sheffield, the chief: douglas haig and the british army ( london: aurum press limited, 2011) p 51 keith simpson, the reputation of sir douglas haig, in the first world war and british military.
Douglas haig (1861-1928) was a top british military leader during world war i a graduate of the royal military college at sandhurst, haig fought in the sudan war and the south african war named commander of the 1st army in 1915, he went on to become commander in chief of the british expeditionary force and then. The chief: douglas haig and the british army gary sheffield aurum press, 400pp , £25 field marshal sir douglas haig, commander-in-chief of the british expeditionary force between 1915 and 1918, is etched on to the popular imagination as the most villainous of the generals of the first world war. Biography and interesting facts about douglas haig for kids douglas haig biography summary: douglas haig (1861 - 1928) was famous for being a senior british officer during the first world war the following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of douglas haig.
Field marshal douglas haig, 1st earl haig, kt, gcb, om, gcvo, kcie, adc from wikipedia (19 june 1861 – 29 january 1928) was a british senior officer during world war i he commanded the british expeditionary force (bef) from 1915 to the. The battle of the somme, fought in northern france, was one of the bloodiest of world war one - in total there were one million casualties in total, 19,240 british soldiers lost their lives it was the bloodiest day in the in spite of heavy british losses, douglas haig, the british general, agreed to continue the attack why was.
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British world war one commander on the outbreak of war in 1914, haig was commanding the bef's 1st army corps, whose overall commander was sir john french by the end of 1915, it was clear that french was ill-suited to the role, and in december haig was appointed commander in chief in his place in an attempt. In 1909 haig was appointed as chief of staff in india the following year he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant-general in 1911 r b haldane arranged for haig to take control of the 1st army corps of the british expeditionary force (bef) based in aldershot on the outbreak of the first world war haig was summoned by.