Haig's Command: A Reassessment

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Pen and Sword, Nov 30, 2004 - History - 462 pages
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This book sets out to expose and analyse a major historical fraud. The author's theme is the Western Front in Haig's time - from the Somme to the armistice. Using evidence that the documents from which previous histories have been written are tampered-with and often entirely rewritten versions of the truth - for example, a daily war diary was kept by all units up to GHQ and these were often altered by the Cabinet Office and crucial appendices totally removed. Cabinet war minutes were likewise rewritten, with reference to whole meetings often removed. Records such as Haig's own diary were also tampered with, and Denis Winter even claims to have found documents which the war's official historian thought he had deliberately destroyed in the 1940s.
 

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User Review  - charlie68 - LibraryThing

An in-depth look into the British Army and life in general on the Western front, and does a great takedown of General Haig and his leadership. Arguments are well brought out and backed up and changes one's view of the Great War. Read full review

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User Review  - DiamondDaibhidJ - LibraryThing

A relentless and detailed demolition of one of the most controversial military commanders of World War 1. Sir Douglas Haig was the commander of British and Empire (including Canada and Newfoundland ... Read full review

Contents

1 Introduction
1
HAIGS CREDENTIALS
9
THE ATTRITION BATTLES OF 191617
43
HAIGS WEAKNESSES
128
A YEAR OF MOBILITY
168
FALSIFYING THE RECORD
223
Biographical Sketches
258
An Evaluation
303
A Political Intriguer?
324
References
334
Index
357
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Denis Winter is an author and historian.

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