The generals douglas haig was 'brilliant to the top of his army boots' david lloyd george's view sums up the attitude of many people towards haig and other british generals of world war one. The negative reputation of field marshal douglas haig, the commander of british forces on the western front during world war one, rests to a large degree on his performance at the somme. Opinion on haig clark's concept that haig was the chief donkey leading an army of lions is that it really is time for a universal acknowledgement that.
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. Field marshal douglas haig, 1st earl haig, kt, gcb, om, gcvo, kcie (/ h eɪ ɡ / 19 june 1861 - 29 january 1928) 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. Douglas haig, as he was then, was born in edinburgh in 1861, and educated at the royal military college at sandhurst he fought in the sudan and the south african wars, and also held administrative positions in india. The key to this super tale is the deal as brian haig escorts the grateful reader through a critical path analysis leading to the project failure and the blame game as the top brass at the defense department, caldron security and the capitol group need a fall guy to pin the tail onto the donkey.
Field marshal sir douglas haig: a donkey leading lions posted on may 9, 2014 july 17, 2017 by kim seabrook hailed as a hero at the time he has since been vilified as an unimaginative, callous, and obdurate fool who condemned the soldiers under his command to years of pointless slaughter. Douglas haig, britain's first world war commander-in-chief from december 1915 to the end of the war, is remembered as the archetypal 'donkey' leading 'lions' to their death by the thousands but, almost a century on, is this a fair judgement at the outbreak of the first world war, in. was haig really a donkey leading lions general douglas haig was the commander of the british army during ww1 he was accused of getting soldiers killed, and sacrificing thousands of men just to win the war. Douglas haig is usually the centre of the lions vs donkeys debate were the british soldiers lions led by donkeys during world war 1 douglas haig, the father of the battle of the somme, is.
Some people thought that haig was a donkey leading lions over 1 million men volunteered to fight in 1914 thinking it would be over by christmas but the battle of the somme kept going until november 1916 the battle lasted five months. Haig's reputation was enhanced on the battlefield in 1914-15, meaning he was the obvious candidate to take command on the western front when sir john french's credit was exhausted. 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 served both in the campaigns in the sudan and in the boer war in south africa between 1899 and 1902.
The author, at the outset, lets the reader know that the book is neither a hatchet job, nor an attempt at redeeming, or elimination of, the popular image of douglas haig - perhaps as the chief donkey leading the lions, also known as the tommies, and being one of chief architects of the huge, some say needless, loss of t. was haig really a donkey leading lions general douglas haig was the commander of the british army during ww1 he was accused of getting soldiers killed,. Douglas haig, britain's first world war commander-in-chief from december 1915 to the end of the war, is remembered as the archetypal 'donkey' leading 'lions' to their death by the thousands but, a century on, is this a fair judgement born in edinburgh, 19 june 1861, douglas haig was the. 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 were sent to their deaths by incompetent and indifferent leaders (.
Haig was the pigheaded fool who sent tens of thousands of british soldiers to their deaths on the somme because he thought they would smash through the german lines and open the field to cavalry. 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. What he did after the war really has no bearing on the question perhaps i should of put it as 'was haig a donkey general during ww1' sniper, jun 26, 2011 #6.
Haig who was seen as hero at the end of the war but was later labelled a 'butcher' by some historians his son george alexander eugene douglas haig, has spoken out to set the record straight. General sir douglas haig, british commander-in-chief on the western front, was not really ready to attack in mid-1916 he wanted to wait until later in the year and attack in flanders (not the somme. 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 subordinates methods for continuing the offensive.
Also, he was not an eyewitness, making us questions if haig was really a donkey and a coward source 2: a quote from a british general who fought in both wars 'germany's spirit of resistance was broken by the courage and resolution of haig's armies, which had complete confidence in the leadership of their commander. Lots of people perceived haig as being a donkey, in which he would lead the soldiers by him with the knowledge of a donkey he lacked skill and the knowledge to efficiently win the war without a huge death rate. Douglas haig, britain's first world war commander-in-chief from december 1915 to the end of the war, is remembered as the archetypal 'donkey' leading 'lions' to their death by the thousands.