Son defends Haig's role at Somme

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The son of the British commander at the Somme has defended his father on the eve of the battle's 90th anniversary.

Field Marshal Douglas Haig's role in the World War I battle has made him a controversial military figure.

Haig - buried at Dryburgh Abbey in the Borders - was a hero at the end of the war but subsequently branded by some historians as a "butcher".

His son George Alexander Eugene Douglas Haig, 2nd Earl Haig, has spoken out to "set the record straight".

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