Alexander Haig was a commander of men at the Battle of the Somme. A battle that lasted almost four months and ended on November 18th. On the first day of fighting, 20,000 of Haig's soldiers died. Lessons were learned, tactics changed. The casualty figures on both sides of the trench by the end of the battle were something like a million and one third soldiers. The fighting was artillery, guns, axes, hammers, knives and rocks. The Battle of the Somme was declared a Victory for Haig and his soldiers.
Those who experienced the fight shared an experience few of us would wish
upon anyone. When Alexander Haig died, a hundred odd thousand of his former
soldiers marched past his coffin. It must have been a sight to see. And you have
to wonder were they proud of their victory, of course they were. Did they wonder
why they'd volunteered, probably not. Or was it just something that happened to
them all, shared in a private, sad moment. The answer is no, yet sometimes a
person might get the feeling we're telling the stories that will allow us to do
it all over again.