Douglas Haig
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Douglas Haig

The Preparatory Prologue: Diaries & Letters, 1861–1914

Author:Douglas Scott
Dimensions:6" x 9.25"
Photos:16 black and white illustrations
Publisher:Pen and Sword Military
Item No. 9781526784339

As a young officer in the prestigious 21st Lancers (motto Death or Glory) Douglas Haig played a leading role in Kitcheners bold expedition which ended in the defeat of the Khalifa of Sudan at Omdurman. He described the action, as he did the whole campaign, vividly in words and diagrams which survived virtually untouched at the family home Bemersyde in the Borders.These letters and diaries allow the reader to trace Haig's career and developing character. What they reveal may well surprise his critics.Field Marshal Lord Haig will remain a hugely controversial figure due to his preeminent role during The Great War. He was a hugely popular public figure in the post WW1 years and revered by those who served under him. His death in 1928 was a major occasion for mourning. Only later was he heavily criticized for the slaughter of the trenches.