General Haig
  • This lesson questions the integrity of one of the most controversial figures of the War. Does Field Marshall Douglas Haig deserve the nickname of ‘The Butcher of the Somme’?

  • Students are given the context of the ‘Lions led by Donkeys’ argument and are then led through a journey of audio, video, and source evidence from which they have to make a judgement at the end if he deserves his nickname.

  • They will also recognise and analyse how views about Haig have hardened and then softened over time.

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Created: Apr 6, 2018

Updated: Mar 7, 2019

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