Sir Douglas Haig surrounded by his fellow commanders in France, during World War I. This photograph shows Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig flanked by other members of the Allied general staff. Field Marshall Haig is the middle figure – holding a cane in his right hand – of the three commanders who are standing on the lowest step of the staircase. All the top brass in this image are dressed in their best uniforms and wearing riding boots. Originally a cavalry officer, Haig was appointed commander-in-chief of the British Expeditionary Force in 1914. To relieve pressure on the French at Verdun, Haig led the British forces during the ill-fated Somme offensive. When the war was over, Haig was heavily criticised for the archaic tactics that he used during the attacks at the Somme and Passchendaele. After his retirement from the army in 1921, Haig devoted most of his time to improving the welfare of ex-servicemen.
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