Sir Dou­glas Haig

BBC History Magazine - - WWI Eyewitness Accounts -

Af­ter the war, the Bri­tish com­man­der was an em­bar­rass­ment to Prime Min­is­ter David Lloyd Ge­orge – the liv­ing re­minder of all the poor strate­gic de­ci­sions made over the war years. Granted the ti­tle of Earl Haig of Be­mer­syde, he de­voted the rest of his life to the vet­er­ans who had served him so well.

Haig at­tended the un­veil­ing of war memo­ri­als and played a cru­cial part in the es­tab­lish­ment of the Bri­tish Le­gion and the Poppy Ap­peal. He died in 1928. The mem­oirs of Lloyd Ge­orge and Churchill made it fash­ion­able to den­i­grate the man and his achieve­ments – a trend that con­tin­ues to this day.

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