Against Haig

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potrokin
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Nov 21 2016 22:30
Against Haig
Does anyone, by any chance, know of any anti-General Haig writings/material from an anarchist or marxist perspectivel, or just generally anti-Haig. Am particularly interested in the Battle of the Somme.
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Nov 21 2016 23:27

No writing I'm afraid but I have been told that after the war my great grandfather used to shout and swear at poppy collectors because poppies have Haig's name on them and he blamed Haig for sending thousands of young men to their death. I expect there was plenty written at that time.

cactus9
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Nov 21 2016 23:29

If you look up "General Haig Butcher of the Somme" that gets you a load of stuff.

potrokin
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Jul 8 2017 18:53
cactus9 wrote:
No writing I'm afraid but I have been told that after the war my great grandfather used to shout and swear at poppy collectors because poppies have Haig's name on them and he blamed Haig for sending thousands of young men to their death. I expect there was plenty written at that time.

Yes, the poppy appeal was first called the Haig Fund, as I believe it was started by Haig himself. If my memory serves me correctly it was widely known as the Haig Guilt Fund.

potrokin
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Nov 22 2016 10:25
cactus9 wrote:
If you look up "General Haig Butcher of the Somme" that gets you a load of stuff.

Thankyou cactus9- will do.

potrokin
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Jul 8 2017 17:13

Haig insanely favoured cavalry on horseback against machine-gun fire- crazy shit, but then he also was ok with troops walking towards the guns aswell. He also was accused of ignoring the advise of other commanders, including regarding his artillery, which according to General Rawlinson, he spread too thinly. He has been accused of not grasping how under resourced his army was and , ofcourse, of committing too many soldiers to one grand attack, instead of a number of separate attacks which could have drawn in German reserves. These days there is a trend to praise him due to 'new insights' or 'research' but it's just about selling books and supporting the establishment, ruling class line.

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Jul 8 2017 18:29

This is good on WW1 - To End All Wars - Adam Hochschild
http://libcom.org/library/end-all-wars-story-loyalty-rebellion-1914-1918

Haig wasn't the only general obsessed about cavalry, it was prevalent amongst the brass (also in the French army.) There were British generals advocating for expanding the calvary regiments well into the 1920s.

potrokin
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Jul 8 2017 18:45
Fleur wrote:
This is good on WW1 - To End All Wars - Adam Hochschild
http://libcom.org/library/end-all-wars-story-loyalty-rebellion-1914-1918

Haig wasn't the only general obsessed about cavalry, it was prevalent amongst the brass (also in the French army.) There were British generals advocating for expanding the calvary regiments well into the 1920s.

Thankyou Fleur, interesting stuff.