Son defends Haig's role at Somme





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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