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Douglas Haig
 
Date of birth: 19 June 1861
Date of death: 28 January 1928
Country Of Origin: England
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" A bombing attack was launched by the Germans in the early morning, and they succeeded in capturing our trenches. "

Douglas Haig
" A further cause adversely influencing the duration of the war on the Western Front during its later stages, and one following indirectly from that just stated, was the situation in other theatres. "

Douglas Haig
" After a period of further bombardment on both sides, the German fire again increased in intensity against our trenches and the French line beyond them. "

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" After several days' heavy shelling over the whole of our line in this area, the first attack took place on 12th February at the extreme left of our line to the north of Ypres. "

Douglas Haig
" Battle having been joined, there follows the period of real struggle in which the main forces of the two belligerent armies are pitted against each other in close and costly combat. "

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" By their means our soldiers established over the German soldier a moral superiority which they held in an ever-increasing degree until the end of the war, even in the difficult days of March and April 1918. "

Douglas Haig
" During the battles of 1917, ammunition was plentiful, but the gun situation was a source of constant anxiety. "

Douglas Haig
" During the second half of the war, and that part embracing the critical and costly period of the wearing-out battle, the losses previously suffered by our Allies laid upon the British Armies in France an increasing share in the burden of attack. "

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" Each commander seeks to wear down the power of resistance of his opponent and to pin him to his position and, when signs of the enemy becoming morally and physically weakened are observed, deliver the decisive attack. "

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" Further, a defensive policy involves the loss of the initiative, with all the consequent disadvantages to the defender. "

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" If the causes which determined the length of the recent contest are examined in the light of the accepted principles of war, it will be seen that the duration of the struggle was governed by and bore a direct relation to certain definite factors which are enumerated below. "

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" If the opposing forces are approximately equal in numbers, in courage, in moral and in equipment, there is no way of avoiding payment of the price or of eliminating this phase of the struggle. "

Douglas Haig
" If the views set out by me in the preceding paragraphs are accepted, it will be recognised that the war did not follow any unprecedented course, and that its end was neither sudden nor should it have been expected. "

Douglas Haig
" If the whole operations of the present war are regarded in correct perspective, the victories of the summer and autumn of 1918 will be seen to be directly dependant upon the two years of stubborn fighting that preceded them. "

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" In 1866 and 1870, Austria and then France were overwhelmed at the outset by means of superior preparation. "

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