Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig

On Armistice Day, it seems appropriate to point out this article on a new biography of Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig: Field Marshal Douglas Haig would have let Germany win, biography says:
The one constant belief has been in Haig’s unswerving pursuit of a final and complete victory. It is also inaccurate, Dr Harris said. In the final month of the war Haig “seemed to lose faith in his ability to conclusively defeat the German armies and thought it was necessary to offer them very moderate ceasefire terms followed by a moderate peace that may indeed have left Germany with many of its ill-gotten gains in Eastern Europe.” Haig did not even expect the Germans to disarm – they would be left with a full complement of weapons, including artillery.

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