Douglas Haig, the British Field marshal during World War I, was known as both a national hero and butcher. His decisions directly led to the large numbers of deaths in the trenches, but Haig was driven by the quest for a great victory along the trench lines. A biography explores Haig's legacy, the legacy of the Battle of Somme, and how these legacies intersect.
- Offer video as research on key figures of the war
- After viewing the video, ask your class to evaluate decisions that increased deaths during the Great War
- Part of the Who Did What in World War I? video biography series
- Graphic pictures of dead soldiers make the video inappropriate for some viewers
- The video presumes a high level of detailed knowledge of World War I battles
- The video uses intriguing photographs to capture young scholars' interest
- Engaging narrator frames Haig's triumphs and failures within a larger context