Douglas haig has famously been called 'the butcher of the somme', having been commander for the biggest british military offensive, and subsequent casualties, in history what began on 1 july 1916 is often referred to as a slaughter – inadequate preparations and inneffective tactics meant the british. Sir douglas haig - reception and inspection location of events unknown crowds in a town street wave and cheer as car carrying sir douglas haig drives by h. 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 named commander of the 1st army in 1915, he went on to become commander in chief of the british expeditionary force and then field marshal. Paul harris has not only written the definitive biography of field marshal douglas haig, but the most important book on the first world war to appear in over a decade his judicious use of sources a biography of sir douglas haig, one of the most controversial commanders in british military history paul harris decisively. 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 1861 in edinburgh he was commissioned in the cavalry in 1885 and. Even so, a staff colonel had the cheek to write: “the events of july 1st bore out the conclusions of the british higher command and amply justified the tactical methods employed” field marshal sir douglas haig, chief of staff of the british expeditionary force (bef) and architect of the battle, evidently agreed. Field marshal (earl of bemersyde) douglas haig (1861-1928) listening as the town clerk of dover (in legal wig) reads an address of welcome watched by the mayor (with chain of office, probably charles edwin beaufoy) town hall butcher haig world war i, first world war, great war dover wwi (1914-1918) history at.
Earl haig, british first world war commander, dies - archive, january 1928 31 january earl haig talking to david lloyd-george, with general joseph joffre, the french commander, in 1916 photograph: from the archive, 4 august 1923 : field marshall douglas haig appeals for funds for ex-servicemen. Field marshal sir douglas haig commanded the british expeditionary force (bef ) from 1915 to 1919 experienced but traditional haig, an experienced british general, took command of the bef from sir john french in december 1915 a traditionalist in many respects, notably in his faith in cavalry and in the military value. Few military leaders in history are as scorned and loathed as field marshal sir douglas haig now some believe the criticism isn't deserved field marshal douglas haig, seen here visiting troops circa 1916, has long been disparaged as the 'butcher of the somme' for deaths during the first world war. The son of field marshall sir douglas haig, the commander of british forces on the western front in the first world war, died on friday.
Douglas haig was a scottish soldier who rose through the ranks of the british army to overall commander of the british army on the western front during the later years of world war one he has come to symbolise, fairly or unfairly – the popular impression of bungling generals responsible for sending troops to die in the. Fieldmarshal sir douglas haig rick o'shea loading i agree with those who say he was a great field marshal the truth is that the british army won the first world war, not the french or americans, and it was haig who was ultimately responsible for this enormous success read more show less.
Sir douglas haig portrait of field marshal douglas haig, 1st earl haig, (1861- 1928) photo c1917 sir douglas haig portrait of field marshal douglas haig, 1st earl haig british soldier and senior commander during world war field marshal sir douglas haig and general francois anthoine, wwi, c1914-c1918. Douglas haig (1861-1928) was a british army commander he was a director of the royal bank of scotland from 1923 until his death. Douglas haig, 1st earl haig: douglas haig, 1st earl haig, british field marshal, commander in chief of the british forces in france during most of world war i while assigned to the war office as director of military training (1906–09), he helped the war minister, richard burdon haldane, establish a general. 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.
General douglas haig has become an incredibly controversial figure some view him as a hero who led the british to victory in the great war, others remember him for the bloody path to that victory the man: general douglas haig served as the commander-in-chief of the british during world war 1 he had a long military. Haig, douglas (field-marshal sir douglas haig, 1st earl haig of bemersyde) british soldier and commander-in-chief of the british expeditionary force born 19 june 1861 in edinburgh, uk died 28 january 1928 in london, uk douglas haig was commander-in-chief of the british expeditionary force. Douglas haig, born in edinburgh in 1861, is one of the most controversial figures in modern british military history upon the outbreak of the first world war, haig commanded i corps in the initially small british expeditionary force sent to france in august 1914 under the overall command of sir john french as the bef. Films from the british pathé archive featuring douglas haig, both during and after the first world war the collection also includes sir douglas haig visits university town, makes speech to students and inspec british pathé lord haig (1931) france pays several tributes to british war leader field marshal earl dou.
Field marshal douglas haig, commander at the battle of the somme, died on 29 january 1928 in london. On the outbreak of the first world war haig was summoned by herbert henry asquith to attend the first war council field marshall haig would have shot the leaders but dared not of course because they were aussies heading the formidable list were field marshal sir douglas haig and admiral sir david beatty. Douglas haig facts: the british general douglas haig, 1st earl haig (1861-1928), commanded british forces on the western front in europe during world war i he other studies are sir george arthur, lord haig (1928) john charteris, field- marshall earl haig (1929) and sir john humphrey davidson, haig:master of the.
Prime minister david lloyd george's inaction on the bloodiest battle of the first world war must be brought to light 100 years on, historians have argued field marshal sir douglas haig, commander of the imperial forces on the western front, is traditionally blamed for the failure which cost the lives of. 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' however the adoration of the general public was fickle and short lived and haig is now best. (8) l1529 - field marshall sir douglas haig with army commanders in france permanent url, description, sir douglas haig surrounded by his fellow commanders in france, during world war i this photograph shows field marshall sir douglas haig flanked by other members of the allied. Douglas haig © haig was british commander on the western front for most of world war one the huge casualties that his military strategy produced has made him a controversial figure douglas haig was born in edinburgh on 19 june 1861 into a wealthy family who owned a whisky business he studied at oxford.
Douglas haig: the chief field marshal sir douglas haig commanded the british army when it achieved arguably its greatest victories, those over the germans on the western front during the first world war (1914-18) under haig, the british empire engaged the main enemy in the main theatre of war and defeated it. Rawlinson compounded his error by blaming the subordinate major general ministry of information first world war official collection, a formal portrait of field marshal sir a formal portrait of sir douglas haig on horseback at poperinghe, 12 september 1917 ministry of information first world war official collection ( photo.