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Experiences of the Great War

The General

Field Marshal Haig (1861-1928) was Commander in Chief of the British Army on the Western Front for the greater part of the First World War. He came from a distinguished Scottish family, and his diaries, which give his account of every single day of the First World War, form part of the National Library of Scotland's Haig Papers. He remains a controversial figure, seen either as the nation's saviour or as a heartless autocrat of dubious competence. More about Douglas Haig

The General's diary

5 August 1914

'Am ordered to attend meeting in Prime Ministers House re action of Gt. Britain — we meet 4 p.m: after meeting take Lord Kitchener in motor to War Office.'

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