“There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but boys, it is all hell.” - William Tecumseh Sherman
Field Marshal Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig, KT, GCB, OM, GCVO, KCIE, ADC (19 June 1861 – 29 January 1928) was an arsehole of the first order whose disregard for the ordinary soldier was well known amongst the common foot soldier......
I have been saying this for 25 years now, and despite all the bullshit printed and repeated Ad-Nauseam by revisionist historians who try to claim 'blah blah excuse' for his actions claiming *People fail to recognise the adoption of new tactics and technologies by forces under his command*.
THIS IS TOTAL ESTABLISHMENT REVISIONIST BULLSHIT
I would point to a singular bit of evidence about his conduct and the conduct of all those leaders [on all sides] as to the brutal, inhumane, almost sociopathic and coldly calculating attitude towards military losses, and it is as follows.
EVERY GOVERNMENT AND MILITARY LEADER AROUND THE WORLD KNEW EXACTLY WHAT THE SLAUGHTER WOULD BE LIKE.... EXACTLY!
Some may ask how...?
The slaughter of the American Civil War which included *Advanced Trench Warfare* had already proved to military thinkers and governments beyond all doubts, just what carnage and futility lay ahead for those involved directly in industrialized land warfare.
The devastations seen at St Petersburg in 1865 was but a foreshadow of what was to come in 1914-1918 and mirrored exactly what was later seen at Ypres, The Somme, and all those other battered landscapes we now know all too well.
Trench warfare was followed by reckless charges across open ground into massed fire by foot soldiers of both sides in the American Civil War, this included machine gun fire, and whilst the tactics of 'fire and manoeuvre' were not yet dead in 1865 there was also the brutality of inhumane mine warfare.
Mine Warfare was where each side would undermine the enemies lines and detonate a huge amount of explosives under the enemies trenches... a ghastly and horrific example of which was later seen on The Somme with the Lochnagar mine where 18,400 kg of Ammonal annihilated those unhappy soldiers who were dug into trenches atop of it and achieved the sum total of nothing - which again mirrored a similar failure of an earlier civil war disaster in which the federal army carried out a similar action against the confederate lines in St Petersburg, detonating a huge mine bomb under the confederates troops stationed above, only then to fail to capitalise on the initial explosive calamity.
History likes to repeat itself because countries are led by donkeys who care naught for the troops they send to die - only their own prestige and wealth, same as it was in WW1 as it is now...
There are exceptions to this 'rule by infamy' of course... but such leaders do not exist in enough numbers to stop history repeating...
The below pictures are not from World War 1 but from the American Civil War - The first is some of the trenches and the second picture showing the mine entrance in St Petersburg which resulted in catastrophic failure for the federal army..
History Repeats because we let them repeat it...