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Field Marshall Douglas Haig: Butcher of the Somme? . Today’s Objective – To look at the plan of the Battle of the Somme and the reality . What does this picture reveal about Haig? . The Battle of the Somme . It was one of the most significant battles of the First World War

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field marshall douglas haig butcher of the somme

Field Marshall Douglas Haig: Butcher of the Somme?

Today’s Objective – To look at the plan of the Battle of the Somme and the reality

the battle of the somme
The Battle of the Somme
  • It was one of the most significant battles of the First World War
  • It was fought along the River Somme in France in June 1916
  • The commander of British troops Field Marshall Douglas Haig doubted there would be ‘even a rat’ alive in the German trenches after the offensive
  • On the first day of the offensive British casualties amounted to 58,000 (a third of them killed)
why the somme
Why the Somme?

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the somme the plan
The Somme: The plan

Fundamentally as explained by Field Marshall Douglas Haig commander in charge of the battle, the objective of the attack was threefold:

  • To relieve pressure on the French at Verdun
  • To help the allies, the French by distracting the German troops
  • To wear down the strength of the enemy forces

You have been provided with a sheet outlining the plan of the Battle of the Somme

the somme the reality
The Somme: The reality
  • In reality, this plan went drastically wrong for a number of

reasons. Now read the sheet you have been given outlining the reality of the battle

mind mapping the somme
Mind Mapping the Somme
  • Create two mind maps
  • Outlining the plan
  • Outlining the reality
  • You must only use key words and a few key images
plenary turning point
Plenary: Turning Point?
  • The Battle of the Somme was a huge turning point in the First World War, it resulted in the resignation of Atlee as Prime Minister, with the replacement of Lloyd George.
  • Can you think about why it would have been such a huge turning point?
  • What impact would this have had on opinions of Haig?
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