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on 19 May 2014
Haig commited his life to God, country and family. In an age of media savy David Patraeus style generals, whose convictions are revealed in their personal lives, it is heartwarming, and encouraging, to read of real men like Haig. The man Haig is seen in the fruits of his life faithfully recorded in this book. This is a story of a wise man. Determined, with an agile mind, open to exploiting technoligical advances to defeat the foe. Noble, dignified and reserved.
I don't know much of Lloyd-George, save he was reputedly a adulterer. We learn in the book that Lloyd George made unfavourable comments regarding Haig's generalship in his memoirs but not until Haig had died. In another era that would be seen as cowardice. Lloyd George and his socialist politcal classmates were content to sacrifice Haig on the alter of their political ideology and the liberal intelligencia have been in their employ ever since. Having now read the book I am struck by the heartlessness of the popular caricatures of Haig.
Every life that was lost on the fields of Flanders is a terrible loss and we have reason to believe that Haig was grieved by these losses. He was a soldier, he had led men into battle, he knew his men. This book allows one to get to know the persona and character of Haig. And now I know the Chief I really don't think that he would allow his detractors to trouble him. He was a humble man, not one to be troubled by the political machinations of man.