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Experiences of the Great War

Public reaction to Haig's death

Perhaps, for the common soldier, Earl Haig's death was a reminder of the tremendous sacrifice made by so many during the Great War.

For the most part there remained a real affection for Earl Haig. For many he had become a symbol of victory and also a staunch defender of the rights of the ex-servicemen through his founding of the British Legion.

Lady Haig received hundreds of letters of sympathy from all walks of British society. Shown here is one such letter — from a blind ex-soldier.

However it did not take long for Haig's critics to surface, and the debate about the merits of his leadership continues to this day.

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