Cartoon: A Haig Notion

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Friend and war historian Dr Andrew Macdonald requested this sketch depicting the Commander of the British Expeditionary Forces during World War I, Field Marshall Douglas Haig as Don Quixote. Although he was popular immediately post-war, with his funeral in 1928 becoming a national day of mourning, many subsequent war chroniclers have questioned his reputation and labelled him “Butcher Haig” in reference to the 2 million British casualties under his command.

He was an example of the class-based incompetent leadership, unable to grasp modern tactics and techniques.

Andrew has just published his latest book entitled “Passchendaele: The Anatomy of a Tragedy” (Harper Collins NZ) based on his Doctoral Thesis.

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